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Three years ago, Chase Gallardo ran toward freedom with his fellow survivors after having spent five months in captivity. He hasn’t stopped running since. Only now, it’s the memories he’s constantly trying to escape. Haunting echoes of a man who forced Chase to play the part of another, the kidnapper’s younger brother. Chase may have survived, but that doesn’t mean he’s really living. Until one day, when his employee tells him there’s a man sitting at the bar, wearing only underwear.
Remy Stahl has given up—almost. For a year, alcohol, drugs, and faces without names have kept him company. But he has two friends who refuse to give up on him, and they lock him up in his house in an attempt to save him from himself. Though, never underestimate an addict’s desire to see the bottom of another bottle. Remy escapes, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass that he’s nearly naked.
This is the sequel to Aftermath, where Cam and Austin met, struggled, and fell in love. Outcome takes us back to Bakersfield with Chase and Remy’s story. Fueled by anger, guilt, and shame, they’re not off to an easy start. But it’s only a matter of time before they learn how much they need each other in order to move on.
This story contains some violence, drug use, and scenes of an explicit, erotic nature between two men and is intended for adults, 18+. Characters portrayed are 18 or older.
At the beginning of 2014, the Boys in our Books team was challenged to pick up a book by a “New to Me” author. Luckily for me, I stumbled across the awesome Aftermath by Cara Dee. You’ll see by my review that I was thoroughly surprised by the whole book in general. It felt fresh, original, gritty, thoughtful and smart.
It’s been a looong 10 month wait for Aftermath’s second instalment: Outcome.
First up, you should know that this can be read as a stand-alone novel. I’d recommend book one to nearly anyone, but it’s not necessary to have read it first because the previous book’s characters (boom-chika-wow-wow – Cam and Austin) and their storyline are presented with enough care that I’m sure new readers wouldn’t be confused. In fact, Cam and Austin are very present in this story and their time spent together is not only smoking’ hot, it gives us an update on how far they’ve come in their lives.
Outcome begins with good character introductions, particularly in MC Remy’s case, where he literally comes off the page through MC Austin’s eyes.
This novel is a mixed bag for me; at times it was intense and frightening, while others it seemed superficial or minimal. I don’t feel as though overall a lot happens in the story ARC. We pretty much know what will end up happening between the two MCs by the blurb. A little more twists and turns could have taken this story to the next level. On the other hand, there’s a LOT of sexy time, here so… *gulps*… that’s not a particularly bad thing, is it?. ;) Well, perhaps a little more talk and a little less action would have worked for me, here.
But, what I think Dee has done again, is use psychological analysis very, very well. She knows how to get into her character’s head and how to create an emotional journey, one that makes us feel for her characters more than anything else.
Title: Outcome (Aftermath #2)
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Cara Dee
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon