Three ex-military men get close in this adult novel. Fifth in the 'Men of Honor' series, BOUND FOR KEEPS brings young Shane stumbling through snow to a lit cabin in upstate NY just before Christmas. Reed and Keith are used to having the place mistaken for an inn. They treat Shane for hypothermia, which, this being a gay novel, involves them both stripping off and lying beside him in the bed. They are partners who have been together for years. Reed is a doctor and they take good care of the younger man. As soon as Shane is able to walk he tries to sneak away because he has no wish to draw trouble to the two men's door. But he's unable to get far and ends up with pneumonia.
Shane watches the rough and tumble relationship between the two older men, but when he admits to being gay they don't pressure him into anything. He had a partner who was killed in action, and he gets flashbacks and PTSD. Shane is not admitting that he used to be in the CIA. Keith, an ex-Marine, is helicoptered out and rescues a kidnapped woman and child from a jungle compound, and Reed goes after gun-runners. Gradually the three men trust one another and a physical relationship develops. But the motto of 'safe, sane and consensual' isn't enough when Guthrie, Shane's former CIA boss, tracks him down to the cabin....
SE Jakes has written an intensely physical romance which contains enough plot and character building to keep even non-gay people like me reading. I would have liked to see a female for more than a few paragraphs, but maybe that's not what the target market would prefer. A well-crafted book with strong language, BOUND TO YOU could appeal to women who like reading about hot alpha males and can cope with the fact that these particular males prefer men to women.
I have read all the other books in the series but I really don't know why I keep going. The characters inn this episode were not particularly believable, I suppose the point of the story was to get from a twosome to threesome which they did, but I was more interested in the back story, why didn't they go looking for Guthrie sooner, why didn't it go into more depth with the missions - that would have made for a bit more excitement. The plot didn't grip and it just meandered along. It was a let down, all the time building up the interaction between the three main protagonists who were all damaged by their time in the forces. A few pages at the end where it all tied neatly up. Not enough to keep me interested although I did manage to finish it but I doubt I'll get another.
This is the 5th book in the Men of Honor series, and perhaps the one that stands most on its own, though Prophet from the H*H series gets a few mentions here. As usual with this author, it is well-written with some incredibly hot sex scenes, but the tale didn't feel as if it tied in with the series.
There were no highs or lows, no real danger, though there were two shortish missions, and I didn't really get to feel that Keith and Reed were a couple before they became a triad with Shane. Their moves on him, which admittedly Shane had been fantasising over, felt out of the blue and perfunctory, especially as they'd not even really gotten to know each other by then. The couple of voyeuristic scenes weren't really that sexy, and tbh, I couldn't see the attraction between the leads, and Shane didn't even really take time out to consider whether he'd be coming between a couple or enhancing them - he just wanted them and went with the flow.
The above doesn't mean that the tale isn't worth reading, but this isn't the best of the series and almost felt a little tagged-on. I mean, there wasn't even much discussion about the beloved third who died exactly a year ago to the day that this tale started, yet there were a few mentions about the alleged mysticism about the place that Reed and Keith call home, as it supposedly attracts the needy...
Overall, it's readable, but it's not a Keeper.
Ebook courtesy of Samhain in exchange for an honest review.