Long Time Gone
Title : Long Time Gone
Series : Hell or High Water, Book #2
Author : S.E. Jakes
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 270 pages (e-book)
Published : October 28, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.
Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.
Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.
Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.
We first met Tom Boudreaux and Prohpet Drews in “Catch A Ghost.” In one of the more infuriating books endings I’ve read in years, they decided to run from each other. Of course, they claim it’s to keep the other one safe. Well the jokes on them as they simply can’t stop thinking about each other. Ha! In an attempt to stop thinking about Tom, Prophet throws himself into work. He no longer works for EE and is actively putting himself in danger to truly help people being left behind by global governments. Prophet is smothering his humanity to get the job done. Tom has been writing an email a day to Prophet. Prophet has stubbornly been avoiding them until one day he decides to read all of them. As a result of the information in the emails Prophet finds himself in New Orleans helping Tom’s aunt survive a hurricane. Prophet knows Tom was an abused child, so he finds himself torn as he wants to help someone Tom clearly loves but can’t stop feeling angry at someone who didn’t save Tom when he so clearly needed it. Tom arrives unexpectedly at his aunt’s house and he and Prophet reunite explosively. They continue their reunion for the remainder of the storm. While out helping one of Tom’s aunt’s friends after the storm Tom runs into the house of an old childhood acquaintance when he sees someone on the floor in obvious distress. The man is Miles. He dies as Tom is trying to help him. Of course the sheriff shows up and arrests Tom for murder at that moment. Prophet is left to try and get Tom out of jail. Prophet meets Tom’s ex, Etienne. He quickly realizes there is a whole lot of stuff from Tom’s youth at play in both the death of Miles and Tom’s arrest. While Prophet is investigating and joining forces with Etienne to get Tom out of jail, Tom is picking fights in jail.
Tom is released by the sheriff as the ME pronounces Miles’ death a suicide. It could have been, but something seems really fishy. Prophet finds Tom at Etienne’s studio which happens to be a small cabin in the woods. They receive news of another death. It’s another man Tom knew in his youth, Donny. Prophet is finally able to get Tom to start talking about what happened. Tom also takes him to visit his mother’s grave. Tom slowly reveals more and more of his life story. Prophet also has the opportunity to meet Tom’s father. It’s not good. Finally, Tom divulges the whole story that bound him in a secret with the dead men, Miles and Donny, Etienne, and the former sheriff. Reliving the past on top of everything else leaves Tom with a migraine. Again, Prophet nurses him through it. While Tom is knocked out from his meds, Etienne’s son Remy pays them a visit. He’s looking for Etienne who is missing. Tom’s phone gets a message for a midnight rendezvous. As Tom is sleeping off his migraine, Prophet goes in his place. It’s exactly the same thing Prophet told Tom to not do. It doesn’t go well and Prophet finds himself in an unsavory position that was meant for Tom. While Prophet is getting himself out of the bayou, Tom is hiding from the cops who were no doubt told of Tom’s hiding place by his father. When Tom and Prophet do find each other again they finally call for help from Mick and Blue. The rescue works for a time. Eventually the killer finds almost everybody Tom cares about. Not everyone survives. Tom and Prophet are left wondering how to pick up the pieces in their already complicated lives and whether or not they want to pick them up together.
I am obsessed with Tom and Prophet. My friends will back me up on that. They’re obsessed with each other, so I feel I’m in good company. For whatever reason I’m always more likely to lay blame at Prophet’s feet for messing up their relationship, but he made great strides in opening up to Tom in this book. With no hope of seeing Tom at all Prophet went to New Orleans to help Tom’s family. Whereas neither man is at all close to making an admission of undying love, they’re certainly at the point of admitting obsession. They have so far to go to truly let someone in. In that respect they’re exactly alike. Also, both men are haunted by their pasts that should stay buried. They have both managed to endanger the other as a result of past horrors. They’ve also both experienced jealousy. Finally, Tom gets the pleasure of seeing Prophet discomfited.
Some major plot points are still in play. Sadiq is still stalking Prophet and anyone associated with him. John is still only most likely dead. Prophet is still actively ignoring his severe PTSD. Prophet is also ignoring the ramifications of the eye disease that will leave him blind as he ages. His thoughts about his eyes are not at all positive. A big shiny new plot point entered play. Prophet is being teased with the prospect of being a father and is terrified both by his desire and of how well he would be able to carry out the task. He is already convinced he let down a child. Prophet will have some serious issues dealing with this especially given the most likely child he’ll get already has a relationship with Tom. Just as Tom is convinced he’s bad loque Prophet is convinced he fails everyone who relies on him. They’ve come so far and still have so far to go.
And I’m not going to spoiler what all happened during that sofa date Cillian and Prophet had set up.