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Sunday, 30 August 2015

REVIEW TOUR: Feat Of Clay (Men of London #4) Susan Mac Nicol

Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer. 

Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it. 

Imprisoned and shot in an undercover assignment gone wrong, Tate somehow survived…and found his way back into Clay’s arms. His old friend is now the owner of an elite investigation agency and everything any man could want: patient, handsome, commanding. And Clay knows what it takes to survive. But Tate can’t bring himself to share all his secrets, nightmares that force him to rebel against everything. He finds solace from his past as a graffiti artist, a childhood passion, but his demons drive away all who might care for him. Only when he faces that past—and learns that everyone has tasted despair—can the two men truly be brothers-in-arms…and more.

Feat of Clay by Susan Mac Nicol
Excerpt  1
Beneath the powerful beast roaring on Tate’s flesh lay the word Reino, carved out with a scalpel in Tate’s skin by the man who sixteen months ago had kept Clay’s lover prisoner for four days, tortured him, then shot him three times and left him for dead in a city street. A snarling twist of deception had left Tate the victim after his undercover drug sting had gone bad. The dragon covered up what Tate thought was a shameful scar, but Clay, who’d chosen the image for him, had always thought it reflected his lover’s inner strength and resilience.
Tate stirred and murmured sleepily and Clay hastily moved his fingers away so he didn’t wake Tate completely. He settled back in the bed and pulled the duvet up over them both.

I hope he manages to sleep, was Clay’s last conscious thought as he sank into darkness. I don’t know how long he can go on like this.

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a 'half full' kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don't tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots. 
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that's never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

*I received a copy of this book from Jo & Isla Love Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

This is book four in this series, you don't need to read the other books, but it helps. It helps to get a feel for Susan's writing and for the other men who feature in the series and in this book. I'd say read the others first, but some might not.

Clay and Tate, best friends since they went to school together. Tate went into the police force, and Clay, the army. Neither man admitted what they felt for each other, until Tate was found, shot, beaten and tortured after an undercover op went terribly wrong. A year later, and Tate is still suffering. Clay doesn't know everything that happened to Tate. Tate has to tell him, but will Clay walk away, now they finally are together??

THIS book, this story and Tate and Clay, is by far my favourite in the series. Its dark, its deadly, its painful, its sexy, hot and emotionally charged! It has beautifully written, from both men's POV and carries quite a weight!

Tate is still suffering from PTSD, and wants things to go back to normal, or as normal as they can be, working for Clay and living with him too. It took a long time for them to admit to each other what they felt, but Clay fears for Tate. His job makes him a target, and if Clay's enemies learn of his relationship with Tate, it might make Tate a target too. And Clay just got Tate, he can't lose him now. And THAT is affecting Tate, without Clay realising it.

While very well written, it is hard work at points, reading what happened to Tate and how both men are dealing with things now. I wanted to gather Tate up, and just hug him, I really did. I cried at a couple of points too. I'll not say when, but you'll know when you read them, you really will.

We meet Jax, at the halfway house for kids that Tate's therapist suggest he goes help. He is 17 here. His story is planned, I know. And I can't wait to read that. I fell in love with him here.

5 full and shiny stars (even if they are a little splattered with spray paint!)

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, and**

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