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Friday, August 26, 2011

Higher Rank by Joyee Flynn

Higher Rank by Joyee Flynn
Sons of Thanatus Book 2
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (105 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Finn has been fighting his feelings for his trainer Raven since arriving at the Sons of Thanatus compound. Raven is attractive, strong, and completely unattainable. On the night of their friends Josh and Madden’s wedding, Raven finally gives Finn a clear sign that he, too, is interested. The night is heavenly until Finn realizes Raven’s feelings for him are only casual.

Left feeling used, Finn tries to ignore his still growing attraction to Raven. The men must work together on a mission to recruit a member of Finn’s old unit, and sharing his body with a man who wants only a bed buddy is breaking his heart.

When Raven’s cold treatment of him hits a new low, Finn is crushed, and he decides he and Raven need a clean—and final—break. Will Raven let him go, or will his facade finally crumble in the face of Finn’s departure?

Sometimes we think we know someone, until we find out he or she is a complete and utter jerk. Well imagine Finn’s surprise when he finds out that the man of his dreams is just that. Finn thought Raven felt the same way he did and they could have a relationship just to find out Raven is only interested in sex. As devastated as Finn is, he needs to either accept Raven how he is or give up on the man of his dreams.

Raven was a character I could relate to. He is kind and caring to others but, he has a hard time getting emotionally attached. While this is a defensive measure that many people take, it can make them miss opportunities to really find someone who cares about them, and that they can care about in turn. While I seem a lot of myself in Raven, his character gave me hope that if he can get past is emotional barriers than maybe I can do the same, as well as others out there with the same problem.

At moments, I absolutely adored Finn’s character and at others, I just did not understand him. Clearly, the marines taught him to be a great and fearless leader, taking charge of his men and helping guide them through life’s problems. I saw him as this strong, masculine male when he was leading, but when it came to Raven he just seemed like a scared little boy, and it was hard to imagine they were the same character. At some points, I just wanted to tell him to man-up and deal with his problems with Raven directly. I was happy when he found a balance and stuck up for himself when it came to Raven.

One character that I could not get enough of in this story was Josh. He may not have been a main character, but he was by far the most entertaining. His antics had me laughing aloud and anticipating the next time he would show up in the story.

Another thing I really enjoyed in this story was the subplot with Finn and his group joining the Sons of Thanatus. It really let me see more characters as well as get a better understanding of who the main characters are. While this storyline was a little baffling to me at first in regards to who and what the Sons of Thanatus are, I quickly caught on and was deeply entertained. The subplot also allowed me to be introduced to the supporting characters that I cannot wait to see in future stories. A very enjoyable read.

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