Series: The Sizzling Miami Series
Author: Jessie G
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Pages or Words: 76,000 words
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Author’s Note: This is NOT a foursome, but the story of two couples that needed to be told together. This book is also NOT a standalone, these MC’s have been regular and, at times, significant characters in past books since For a Reason.
GMR 5 STAR REVIEW-PAUL
When Chris and Liam made that promise, they had no idea how important it would become or how it would be tested in the most brutal way. Nine years later, their bond cemented in blood, that relationship is all they have to hold on to.
“No matter what happens, this friendship will be the one constant we can count on.”
When Billy and Owen made that promise, they knew exactly how dangerous the world could be. They survived prison by protecting each other and they survived freedom by holding that promise sacred. Now they want more than just to survive and they want it from the brothers whose bond is as strong as their own.
“We are stronger together than we’ll ever be apart.”
When Owen reaches his breaking point, Chris jumps at the chance to make things right for all of them. With the future in their grasp, will they realize their strength is in their numbers and finally become the family they crave?
This book is NOT a standalone, these MC’s have been regular and, at times, significant characters in past books since For a Reason.
Chris and Liam made a promise but they both had no idea of the impact that this promise would create. After 9 years together which is a bond that could never be broken or they thought! Billy and Owen have also made that promise but they were well aware of the impact it will make. They have endured so much together and nothing will ever come between them or will it?
This is not an easy review without giving away spoilers so I will do my best as I detest spoilers in reviews. This series was such an amazing read and this part 5 will just blow your mind away as it did to me. I loved that the author answered some burning questions for us in regards to the boys and OMG that was some intense and amazing reading. The author likes to tease you as you go through her brilliant series to beware lol. Expect the Unexpected!!!
I loved how the author brought us these guys, Chris and Liam, and Billy and Owen in the previous books. She slowly told their story in the background and now she brings their story to the front lines in this installment. That was some really creative and very detailed writing as I am sure it was not the easiest. Some people might think this story is an ménage but it not at all, its a story of very emotionally connected couples that are trying to survive in a difficult world. I really enjoyed the format to this series and story as I thought it was new and refreshing, I credit the author for keeping it well organized and easy to follow. Jessie G is a brilliant and gifted author and I highly recommend, Sizzling Miami Series and this installment...Safety In Numbers!!!
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1) What book do you wish you could have written? Like an actual book or an idea?
I suppose something grand epic like Lord of the Rings, with a whole alternate universe. I’m not good with the paranormal, though I love to read it.
2) How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your names?
Names are huge! I can’t start a book until I know who my characters are and lately I’ve been reaching out to my readers on social media. I’ll post a picture of my inspirational characters, or tell some characteristics about them, and ask for name ideas. Like a characters from Tricking Chase, Snake. He needed a real name and I needed it to be kind of cringe worthy. My readers came up with some doozies and that’s how he became Eugene. Can you imagine a big, bad, bear of a biker cover in tattoos named Eugene? I laugh just thinking about him.
3) Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing? How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I’m ten, or at least that’s the first real memory I hate and always dreamed of making it a career. I would say until I wrote Past Hurts and fell in love with it, I was an okay writer, maybe even a sucky writer, because I hated pretty much everything before it. As I progress, I believe I get better with each book, but I’d never call myself a great writer.
4) Which character, from any of your books, do you consider your greatest work?
Ty, hands down. Every time he appears on the page, he makes me happy. I consider him a total package: alpha, dominant, sarcastic, deadly, gorgeous, loving, scary…I want him to appear in every book I write.
5) What hobbies do you enjoy?
Reading would be at the very top of the list followed by cooking, traveling, and my hubs motorcycle. I like to think I have some hidden arts & crafts gene, but when I try, I’m reminded that I suck at it.
Chris just shrugged as if it was no skin off his back what they thought and Liam knew that was just bravado. Fact was, they both very much cared what the two men thought. “Liar.”
His brother sighed and dropped his head back. As if shit wasn’t fucked up enough, they fell for two bastards just as fucked up as they were. “I know you’re worried about Owen. The business with Colin is growing out of their control and I’m not sure why he thinks it’s a good thing. Is he trying to prove something? And the middle of the night phone calls from the FTR? He’s looking more and more fragile every day.”
Liam knew he wasn’t stating anything new. What he didn’t know was what Chris intended to do about it. Lately, when it came to Owen, Chris conveyed zero intent and seemed to be waiting for Owen to read him as effortlessly as Liam did. Their brother bond had been forged through blood and he was afraid Chris’s expectations of Owen were unreasonable. “Do you see his face every time he thinks he’s failed to understand you? The weight of it is crushing.”
Instead of regret, all Liam saw was anger in Chris. It wasn’t a common emotion for Chris and Liam could name every time he saw it. The fact that Chris knew what he was capable of if provoked had made him extremely conscious of that emotion and he often went to great lengths to contain it.
Owen was the very definition of insecure. Just the type to inspire Chris’s protective instincts, which Liam knew for a fact Owen did. Hell, he inspired Liam’s protective instincts. Owen was stubborn though and he often distanced himself, keeping things bottled up until they manifested elsewhere. Like in panic attacks that felt like heart attacks, which he also tried to hide. Liam nearly lost it when they found out that Billy was keeping Owen’s secret.
Chris nodded slowly, as if he completely followed Liam’s train of thought and waited for him to connect the dots. And just like that, Liam understood. “You’re pissed because he doesn’t come to you when the panic sets in. That he hides it from you and they hide it from us.”
It made total sense, but he had to wonder if they were expecting too much. After all, they couldn’t call what was going on with either man a relationship. No, they were four fucked up bastards trying to come together in some romantic—what? Not a foursome, eww…he loved Chris, but yeah, that just wasn’t happening. And Owen wasn’t his type any more than Billy was Chris’s type. But—always with the fucking buts, right?—what was happening was very definitely happening to the four of them, and Liam now had to wonder if that was the problem, because trying to come together was definitely not the same as being together.
Chris shook his head and shifted in his seat. No, he was right. It wasn’t just their brother bond that made it impossible to move forward as two separate couples. Billy and Owen had formed their own unique friendship in prison and were no more likely to move forward without the other one either. “Just once, couldn’t we have done something the easy way?”
The fire door banged open and Liam turned to see Billy and Owen, arms full of brightly wrapped packages, struggling to pull a huge cluster of balloons through the door. It was a shocking contrast to their dark thoughts and so uncharacteristically sweet of both men. Billy caught their surprised stare and yelled, “Is this where the party’s at?”
“It is now.” It might seem silly, but it was exactly what they needed and exactly who they needed it from. Maybe they hadn’t been expecting too much at all. Liam rose to give them a hand and glanced down to see the look of longing in Chris’s eyes and thought maybe it was time they all expected more.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I'm a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you'll find throughout my books.
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