Blurb: The last thing war vet Travis MacRayne expects to find while house-sitting in Boston is a man like Vincent Clark. Even more unexpected is that Vincent seems to be attracted to Travis, too — scars, bad leg, and all. But Travis has to go back to Alabama the next day, and a cell phone just doesn’t seem like enough to bridge the distance.
It’s the first of many obstacles that Vincent teaches Travis to overcome, and Travis wants nothing more desperately than to believe in the love he feels building inside. Still, the doubts instilled by harsh experience are difficult to put aside. Can Vincent convince Travis that the time is truly right to break free?
My thoughts: I liked the first two books in this series that I read, The one that got away and The one that was lost. So I was quite pleased to find that there is another story out. “The one that broke free” is quite different from the other ones. The characters seem rather uncomplicated and have not as many issues as the previous ones. External interference is kept to a minimum, even though there are plenty of homophobes about. In fact, Alabama seems to be a hotbed of bigotry and narrow mindedness. This is the second story in a short period where that hateful behaviour was a major plot point. However, in this case, those righteous “Christians” actually help the couple along their way, which is nice for a change.
Travis has his doubts as to why Vincent is attracted to him and he expresses those doubts at any opportunity, but they don’t keep him from pursuing what he wants. Vincent, on the other hand, was said to have some issues as well, but they didn’t come out in the course of the book. He seemed perfectly fine with himself and his life at this moment.
The two main characters are both very likeable. Travis is a The Cure fan so he can’t do anything wrong as far as I am concerned, and Vincent is absolutely lovely and yummy to boot. No complaints here. However, I really don’t know why people’s names always have to be shortened in this cutie fashion. I just can’t bring myself to call Vincent Vinnie. In my eyes the only guy who can get away with being called Vinnie is Vinnie Jones, but that is just me.
The whole story flowed smoothly and was just as pleasurable to read as any other book by TC Blue I’ve read. Readers who have read other books in this series will be happy to hear that we meet previous characters again, Jamie and Eliot, who is Travis’ brother, as well as Jamie’s fathers.
Available at Torquere Books