- Book Title: Feat of Clay
- Book Series: Men of London, Book Four
- Author: Susan Mac Nicol
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (August 25, 2015)
- Book Length: 153 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 3.5 Star
- Posting Date: August 26, 2015
This book is a little different than the ones that this author usually puts out. Feat of Clay starts with an established couple, which is really fine with me, I don’t need to go through the whole dating ritual with every book I read. Here’s the deal with this story though, I felt it had to many holes in it. The author teased me with probable upcoming scenes and then didn’t follow through with them and I didn’t get enough of why Tate was in the emotional place he was, in the beginning of the book. For me I was getting frustrated and wanted answers to what Tate went through while being captured, more insight into this towards the beginning would have made the reading easier. That’s how I feel, but I also understand why it was left until later….Tate had not filled Clay in on everything that transpired, it took time for the story to unfold where Tate felt comfortable enough and trusted Clay enough to talk about it with him.
The story revolves around Tate and within the main story there were a couple different stories that played out and intersected at the end. Tate has an encounter with homeless teen while doing his graffiti, this is a really tender moment in the story and a little unexpected. I found this to be the catalyst that helped Tate open himself up, it was something that shook him to his core and made him realize that bad shit happens and he isn’t the only person that suffers.
This book is a very arousing read. Tate and Clay are a couple of the sexiest guys that have graced by Kindle and they really know how to enjoy each other. There is more to their sex lives that we were teased about and it has to do with “toys”. We were shown an array of toys, and were told that the characters enjoyed playing with them, it then ended there. The toys never came out to play and I was really disappointed that we didn’t get to see the kinkier side of Tate and Clay. This goes back to my statement in the 1st paragraph about holes left in the story, this is one of the examples.
I don’t feel that this book accomplished anything as far as a plot. The characters really didn’t do anything as a couple except get laid and chased. The story of Tate and his rehabilitation was told brilliantly I really enjoyed the psychological nuances of the story and how the places and people that Tate met and engaged with all helped in his recovery and acceptance of what had happened to him.
I have to look at the book in the manner in which it is given. This is a new book in the Men of London series and as such a stand alone and that is how I based my review. If I were to have given this book a 5 star it would have needed to have the teasers acted upon and it would have been better if the characters did something together, with Clay’s investigation business it was an open door for them to act in a case instead of being acted upon, as was the scenario in this book. Tate and Clay are one of my favorite couples in all of Susan’s books and I really wanted more for them.
Feat of Clay is the perfect 1st book in a series where Clay and Tate could venture the world solving mysteries. This is how the book felt for me and the direction in which I can only wish for Tate and Clay to proceed.
Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
TORN. TORTURED. LOVED.
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.
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
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