Catch a Ghost
Title : Catch a Ghost
Series : Hell or High Water, Book #1
Author : S.E. Jakes
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 250 pages (e-book)
Published : September 9, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, LTD. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
We were lucky to get this arc from Netgalley – although general release is September 9th the books is available for pre-order right now at Riptide.
Tom Boudreaux receives a video of a man being questioned. It’s an American being questioned by Americans. Something has gone horribly wrong and the interrogation ends in violence. Prophet Drews is stuck on desk duty while his broken wrists heal. To make matters worse he’s going to get a new partner. He hates having a partner. It goes bad. Prophet has a reputation for being difficult to work with. Tom doesn’t really want a partner either. He’s bad luck. His partners have a tendency to die. To compound matters Prophet is the man from the video he was sent. Unfortunately for both of them they get to work together. They have plans to go to Eritrea but are suddenly called to Texas. A young man Prophet knows has been murdered. They have to find out why. Both men are hiding a lot of personal stuff from the other. They both think this will have no bearing on the case because they’re both idiots. To be fair they really do think their pasts they’ve done a lot to bury really will have no bearing on the case because it shouldn’t. Tom finds out fast Prophet isn’t one of his usual partners. Prophet believes Tom’s premonitions and is willing to use any help from whatever means necessary to solve his cases. Once they get to Texas they find Chris, the murder victim and little brother of Prophet’s former partner/friend/lover John, has been involved in underground fighting rings. Tom manages to get himself invited to a fight. Tom fails to master his rage while in the ring and wins. That wasn’t really part of the plan.
After the fight Prophet finds himself taking care of Tom. It was the same thing he did for John. Prophet finds himself back in the past dwelling on past relationships. Tom finds himself in the most humiliating situation of his life. The last thing he ever wanted from Prophet was care. The last thing he ever wanted for himself was to desperately need care. They do manage to have sex though. That leaves things a touch awkward. Prophet insists it’s just sex and they can go about their business. Tom isn’t sure he likes that idea. After Tom won the fight they were no longer able to continue with the investigation as was originally planned. Tom is pissed off about that. Tom is just pretty much pissed off. He’s got a temper problem that are a result of all that stuff he’s not talking about that shouldn’t be affecting the case. It’s totally affecting the case. While looking for more leads to pursue Tom finally shows Prophet the video. Prophet becomes enraged and attacks Tom. Tom walks out. Neither of them know who sent the video to Tom. While Prophet goes out looking for Tom he gets shot saving Tom. After their rescue Tom is sent to Eritrea and Prophet goes home to heal.
Tom shows up at Prophet’s house after his trip to Eritrea. Not only does he want Prophet sexually and possibly romantically, he wants to figure out Chris’ murder. Prophet is holding back huge amounts of information that is both germane to the case and their relationship. Possible relationship. After doing his best to push Tom away he goes to solve the case on his own. It’s a suicide mission. Tom follows him. They do their best to save each other but have help. Even with help the bad guys manage to score even if they don’t win. Both Prophet and Tom end up in the infirmary. Again, Prophet does his best to drive Tom away. Tom lets him.
I had a very intense emotional reaction to this book. I feel very angry toward Prophet. I can’t really describe my feelings without a long string of foul words. However, I’d say my anger toward Prophet is a good thing. I never felt angry with SE Jakes for how she wrote the book or the characters. I was completely and entirely pissed off by Prophet as though he were real. Tom upset me a bit too, but it was more along the lines of wanting him to grow a spine and not put up with Prophet. I could really go on. And on and on. Despite the over the top nature of the plot I loved the characters. And the plot was over the top with all manner of international espionage and revenge mixed together with gay romance and a possible love triangle. Maybe I should say deliciously over the top. It’s really escapism at it’s finest where you can willfully suspend your disbelief and just enjoy Alpha males fighting over each other.
There were things about this book that bothered me. On occasion I felt like the book took itself way too seriously. I’m not sure what I mean by that, but it was my first reaction upon completion. Well, my first reaction after yelling at Prophet. I didn’t love this book has no HEA, but I’m not holding that against it. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel. It’s in no way needed to understand this book but reading Free Falling gives a tiny bit of insight into Prophet. You find out how he broke his wrists and what is under the tarp in his office.
Rated 4 stars by Faye