Title: Hiding In Plain Sight
Author Name & Publisher: Ethan Stone (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 9th 2016 – 196 pages
What happens when happily ever after ends in heartbreak?
After surviving a harrowing ordeal in Las Vegas, Javi Campos and Adam Brand seemed destined for a lifetime of love. However, life and insecurities got in the way, and Javi left, nearly destroying Adam in the process.
They’ve spent ten years apart, but circumstances bring them together again. Now a personal escort, Javi is terrified when his companion for the evening is killed in the bed they shared. As the obvious suspect, he turns to the only man in Portland he knows he can trust…his former lover, Adam.
Adam is shocked to hear from Javi, but he believes in him and agrees to help. The investigation takes them into the backstabbing world of Big Pharma as well as the religious homophobic culture of Russian Old Believers. While attempting to find the real killer, Adam and Javi have no choice but to deal with their lingering feelings for each other.
The situation might be the catalyst they need to finally find their long-awaited happily ever after. But first they have to solve the case before either one of them becomes the next victim.
I have to start by saying that I did not read book 1. However, never did I really feel that I needed the back story between Javi and Adam. I knew they had loved each other, knew they had loved and lost. I didn’t need the gritty details, and I believe that by not reading the first book, I was able to glean more about their relationship than if I had read about them previously, because then I would have had their past story in my head.
I was so happy that despite their past, Javi felt comfortable enough to call Adam for help. That showed me that they did have a good relationship – one with trust and love. It also showed me what type of man that Adam is – compassionate, always a good friend and hoping to always see the good in people.
This story has so many moving parts, but never was I lost or confused. Stone did an amazing job at explaining what or who was doing what, while keeping the romance story going in the background of the mystery that Adam and Javi are trying to solve.
My favorite is when authors are able to throw in questions and then I try to figure them out. This book had a lot of that and despite me figuring it out before the reveal, I never lacked for anything in this story.
Wonderfully written, the chemistry between Adam and Javi was amazing and simply knowing that they shared a relationship before only added to the rekindled relationship now.
I do hope that there is a story for the husband in this book – I want to see where he goes.
Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.
Ethan recently returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.