REVIEW: “Brothers in Arms” by TA Webb
Betrayed on every front, Dan O’Leary cashed in all his chips and moved from the big city life of Atlanta to small town Blue Ridge, Georgia. While licking his wounds, he never meant to start a new relationship, especially with closeted Chief of Police Nick Oliver.
But now all Dan’s hot buttons are being pushed. One of his employees is being terrorized by seemingly upstanding townspeople. Then worst of all, he’d promised himself he’d never be anyone’s dirty little secret, and when Nick’s fear of being outed causes him to hurt Dan, Dan knows there’re problems in paradise.
With trouble on all sides—a homophobic football coach, an ex lover, and his former best friend—it takes a shot in the dark before he realizes the real danger. It’s time for Dan to figure out who he can trust and close ranks with his brothers in arms
You know the taste test, right? Pepsi challenge. Blindfolded, served glass #1 and then glass #2. Can you tell the difference? Could you pick out the winner’s choice? I bet I could win a Webb challenge every time. There is something about his writing…it’s masculine, it’s unforgiving, it’s dependable, it’s just Webb. Brothers in Arms is absolutely everything I love about Webb’s stories. This is a continuation of Broken Road Cafe, and you will want to read them together. Book one takes you from zero to sixty and spits you out on finish line. It’s a hell of a ride. This book rivals the intensity while touching on tender subjects at the same time. I think that’s what I love about Webb so much; he’s not afraid to take you there.
Dan is trying to start anew. He ditched his suit and tie and donned an apron instead. On a whim, he bought a cafe in a small town. He needed an escape and Blue Ridge was just what he was looking for. He’s smitten with a certain sexy Chief of police, but he can’t shout his love sonnets from the rooftop because his cop is firmly in the closet. Dan is not a man that hides who he is. He doesn’t back away from a fight or turn a blind eye on evils in the world. Dan is a do-er. Falling in love with a firm closet-case does not bode well for Dan. He is also stubborn, tough, and a huge pain in the ass. I still love him though.
Nick makes my knees weak. He is without a doubt Chief Yummypants and I couldn’t get enough. He is patient yet fierce. He is hidden yet on the front lines. He is dominant yet submissive. He is flippin’ awesome. He hits a crossroads in his life. Tough decisions will have to be made. He faces the prospect of bullets flying every day, but some things in life hold more power than they should.
Drama attacks from every direction. This tale may be short, but I promise you there is no shortage of action.*snicker* Yeah, that kind of action too.
Dan and Nick are both alpha men…they tussle and then they tussle some more, sometimes with their clothes on. Hard-headed (heh) and infuriating at times, they finally admit to the fall, and I drifted to the clouds with them.
But not so fast.
Bullying, homophobes, and hate crimes pull your feet back to the ground.
The pair of not-so-innocent kitty cats are back in full effect. Charity and Patsy are a duo of Jimmy Choo’s I would not want to cross. They are WAY over-the-top, but somehow, they pull it off.
Family, love, and loss…grab some tissues.
You’re gonna laugh, you’re gonna sweat, and then you’re gonna sniffle.
RATING: 4.5 STARS
Title: Brothers in Arms (The Broken Road Cafe #2)
Author: TA Webb
Publisher: A Bear on Books
Release Date: July 24, 2014