Mark craves being able to let go, and Francis loves to take him out of his head. But Mark’s past bears a truckload of personal demons that have kept him in the closet and made him lash out at the LGBTQ community in the town he’s come to regard as home.
Despite finding love and a new purpose in Acker, Francis’s new job might end up being temporary, and he doesn't want to lose the life he's settled into. Can the two of them build a future together despite a bitter past, and diverging paths?
Trigger Warning: Abusive, homophobic, and racist language, light D/s, homophobia, vague descriptions of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
The third book in the series, it's easily read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading the first two books Ten and Four since they are stupendous as well.
A chance meeting with Francis changes everything as Mark finds himself instantly calmed by the new man. The way in which Francis make Mark feel safe is beautifully written. After a hook-up, they end up in the same town together, setting off the fear of being outed, the need to hide, and the troubles that come when feelings get involved.
As for Francis, he's burdened by his past as well. I'm remaining vague here to not give anything away. I honestly wasn't expecting his past, and was impressed with the way it's developed.