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TITLE: Daylight Again (Hell or High Water, #3)

AUTHOR: S.E. Jakes
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
YEAR: May 2014
LENGTH: 265 pages
GENRE: M/M Romantic Suspense
HEAT LEVEL: Adults Only, Erotica
RATING: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: I have a habit of highlighting favorite passages in my Kindle books. My copy of Daylight Again looks like a patchwork quilt, with all the color-coded highlights and notes and bookmarks. I got hooked on S.E. Jakes’ Extreme Escapes, Ltd. universe when I received a copy of Catch A Ghost from a publisher in exchange for an honest review. Of course, I immediately fell in love with Prophet and Tommy. Long Time Gone cemented the feeling, and I’ve gone on to read the rest of the EE, Ltd. books, as well as the Men of Honor series, in which Prophet (yay!) makes the occasional appearance.

Prophet is one of those characters who just gets under your skin from page one. Irascible, contrary, impatient, damaged, loyal, determined, sarcastic, sexy, plagued by PTSD, flashbacks, and what could politely be termed a dysfunctional family background, Prophet is a heroic figure who can’t see himself as a hero and doesn’t believe he deserves anything good in his life. He met his match in Tom, a handsome Cajun whose childhood memories could rival Prophet’s for their nightmarish qualities, and who believes himself to be a good-for-nothing jinx who can only get his partners killed and is better off alone. Together, these men are beyond hot, downright combustible, sweet and raw and raunchy, and oh-so-perfect for each other.

Do you have to read the first two books before reading Daylight Again? Hmm, I guess not. But why would you want to skip any of this wild ride? If you want the fullest enjoyment, read all of the EE, Ltd. books before tackling this one. I highly recommend them, though you will most likely experience some frustration along the way. I know I did. Keep in mind that these stories are all works-in-progress, with more to come in the (blessedly) near future.

While some of the endings have led me to rant impatiently (most notably Dirty Deeds), the ending of Daylight Again was everything an avid fan could desire. I went into it knowing that there were two more Prophet and Tommy stories to come, so I expected some threads to be left dangling. The ending here was a big reveal that I saw coming a while back, so I got to enjoy a moment of smug satisfaction. I believe I even exclaimed, I knew it! even though no one else was in the room. What can I say? I really get into this universe and all of the incredible men who inhabit it.

As I’ve come to expect, this book was free of errors – grammatical or spelling – and an absolute, pure, undiluted pleasure to read. If you enjoy an erotic M/M story with plenty of suspense and action (of all kinds) and tons of biting wit, smart ass replies, moments of self-doubt, steadfast loyalty, death threats, tattoos, sexy piercings, mercenaries with disabilities, tandem parachute drops, two men who will do anything to protect each other, and tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas and big straws, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this book, too.