Review: Blank Canvas (Paint #2) by Emma Jaye #DarkThemes #MM

TITLE: Blank CanvasBlank Canvas (Paint #2)

SERIES:  Paint #2

AUTHOR:  Emma Jaye

PUBLISHER: Independent

LENGTH: 310 Pages

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Chris Bacon is dead. Long live Chrisander Baccioni?

Unable to walk or talk coherently after a hit and run attack, Chris finds himself on the other side of the world with Jase firmly in babysitting mode. Pity and betrayal, even if it was for ‘his own good’ wasn’t something Chris tolerated from anyone, least of all from an ex-lover who was hanging around only out of a misguided sense of duty.

The barely breathing battered boy was all Kathleen had to wipe away her daughter’s shame and continue the Baccioni dynasty. Despite Chrisander’s unfortunate childhood, her grandson was young enough to mould into a god-fearing family man. Surely only an idiot would reject a life of respect and luxury with a beautiful, intelligent woman by his side, for a grubby little flat and a dirt poor, ex-army sergeant.

REVIEW:

Blank Canvas begins right where book one left off, so there was no guesswork or no time at all wondering what happened. After Chris’s accident, he wakes in the hospital to find that his mysterious grandmother from America has come to claim him.

Although she is rich and will pay for Chris to have all the best treatment as well as security in the States, Jase is skeptical about her motives. She makes it clear up front that having homosexual sex is a sin and that she intends to “help” her grandson. At this point things seem like they could get pretty scary, but Jase has no choice but to let the grandmother take him. However, no matter how little she thinks of Jase, he refuses to leave Chris’s side. It’s only when Jase lets down his guard that things get out of hand.

This book had me on the edge from the beginning. With all that Chris went through in the first book, I couldn’t imagine him being thrown into one of those religious “rehabilitation” places. I was really scared for him, but I was happy how things turned out. I also loved seeing the contrast and the almost clash between two cultures when the couple has to leave England for the States. Though there were some dark parts in this book and some near misses, I was in tears in the end and overjoyed with how perfect things wrapped up. This series was a fantastic adventure and I loved every moment. I recommend this book to anyone who loves m/m romance with dark themes.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Barely Legal, Captive, Coercion, Hate Crime, Non-con, POV of Victim

BUY LINKS:

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Review: Evenfall: Director’s Cut Part I (In the Company of Shadows #1) by Santino Hassel & Ais

TITLE:  Evenfall: Director’s Cut Part IEvenfall: Volume 1: Director's Cut (In the Company of Shadows, #1 part #1)

SERIES:  In the Company of Shadows #1

AUTHOR:  Santino Hassell & Ais

PUBLISHER:  Unpublished

LENGTH:  334 Pages

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In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.

In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the second volume follows Sin and Boyd through a long-term undercover mission in Mexico. They think the hardest part will be maintaining their covers and handling their attraction while living in close quarters, but that’s only the beginning of their newest trials.

When hard and fast decisions lead to catastrophic consequences, the two agents realize getting out of Mexico alive may be their biggest challenge yet.

Warnings: Explicit violence, sex, physical and psychological abuse.

REVIEW:

Boyd’s mother works for a secret agency and has decided to bring him on to be the partner of the highly dangerous, Sin. Though Sin tries everything possible to drive Boyd crazy, they end up falling for each other. They realize they want to be together, but they have to get past the agency and Boyd’s mother before that can happen.

Excellent action and romance. I love it! Both Boyd and Sin are damaged goods, but in this way, they are perfect for each other. Sin; the super sexy, extremely dangerous, and possibly psychotic secret agent is not so scary when paired with the timid, androgynous beauty Boyd. Although there’s a rocky start to their relationship; with almost every touch leading to an argument or misunderstanding, there is certainly love in the air and I’m hoping to see a lot of it in part II.

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drugging, Graphic Violence, Hate Crime, Hurt/Comfort, Kidnapping, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M Fantasy, Psychological Trauma, Unpublished Book

BUYING LINKS: 

ICOS – Authors’ Website