Absolution by Sloane Kennedy is the story of Jonas, Mace and Cole. These men are all scared emotionally in one way or another and love will not come easily to them. You will watch a mystery unravel, emotional wounds reopen and heal again, and three men slowly fall farther and farther in love with one another.Continue reading for my full review. This post contains affiliate links.
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Absolution by Sloane Kennedy
Purchase Links: Amazon
Series: The Protectors, Book 1
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Length/Format: 4341 KB/358 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4 1/2
After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.
The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?
After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.
Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.
But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…
Absolution by Sloane Kennedy Review:
Absolution by Sloane Kennedy grabbed me from the very beginning and would not let go. It is one of those books that you pick up and never want to put down. The story is told in multiple points of view. Each chapter gets you inside the head of one of the main characters. You are reading a story that is happening in the present tense, however, it is slowly unraveling a tragic story that happened many years ago. The interactions of the main characters are engaging but what really keeps me reading is wanting to unravel the mystery of the past.
Each of the three men in this story are incredibly unique and well developed. Jonas is an artist with a troubled past who is working towards opening an art studio for underprivileged kids. Cole has just left the military and is looking for answers in his sister’s disappearance and death. Mace is a mercenary who walks a line between bad guy and good guy. He trusts his gut when things start feeling off and begins to question the details he has been given about his case. I won’t go too much more into the plot because it will ruin the story but as details start to unfold, the reader is drawn more and more into the quest for truth about the past.
These three guys are each quiet loners in their own way but seem to find strength in one another. They are drawn to one another, not only physically but emotionally as well. They develop an amazing bond between them and no one pairing is any more important than another. The author does a great job of balancing all three of these characters and there is never an ‘odd man out’ in this story. They each have a rough past to come to grips with and watching them overcome past hurts just tugged at my heart. I was so glad they each found comfort in the arms of the others. Their physical relationship is scorching hot and very well written. Sex is not the main purpose of this story but those moments when they do come together, you will need a fan to cool yourself off!
Absolution by Sloane Kennedy had a little bit of everything I like in a book. Past hurts being overcome, some angst, guns and intrigue, sexy times, and a happily ever after. It was heavy at times and maybe the love between them flared up a little bit too fast but overall I was very impressed with the story.