Title : Purpose
Author : Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 270 pages (e-book)
Published : June 21, 2013
Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a facade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.
Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.
This book was a toughie to review. I really enjoyed parts and found others repetitive and slow paced. The premise of the story was very interesting but for me the romantic element just didn’t deliver.
William Morgan was chosen as a host for the Purpose. He’s stronger, smarter, hasn’t aged in forty years and can control what people perceive to see and hear. Gar, as he calls himself now since Will was lost to him long ago, finds vengeance for innocent victims by finding ways for them to die. He’s in another city, just finishing up from another job when he runs into Ryan. He feels an instant connection to Ryan. He hasn’t felt anything remotely human like since his lover was killed but ignores the desire to spend more time with Ryan out of confusion and his need to keep others at a distance. Gar/Will feels a strong pull from his purpose and knows Ryan is in danger. He draws way too much attention to himself saving Ryan but he doesn’t care. The two jump into a relationship and slowly discover why they were so instantly drawn to each other.
The Purpose and it’s hosts part of the story was interesting and unique. I loved the idea of a vigilante hunting down the bad guy and making him pay for crimes committed. I bought into the idea of Gar’s character and thought that him manipulating people by playing with their minds was very well done. What I didn’t like was Ryan’s constant guilt trips about what Gar was. He was honest and warned him but Ryan just couldn’t accept it even though he instantly loved Will.
The romance between the couple never really grabbed me. It was too easy with very little conflict beyond Ryan feeling inferior or having problems with Gar killing people even though Gar explained that the Purpose compels him to do it. There was almost no on page sex and the couple were a little sweet for my tastes at times.
The action parts of the story were very good. I think those were my favorites parts of the story. Basically a lot of ups and downs in this story for me. I liked it but had no problem putting it down.
Rated 4 stars by Whit