Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water )

Long Time Gone - S.E. Jakes This was a solid follow-up to [b:Catch a Ghost|18278085|Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water, #1)|S.E. Jakes|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1375491930s/18278085.jpg|21986908]. It had a different feel for me though, I found it a bit more emotional as more of Tom's background was revealed.

It picks up where the last book left off, Prophet has cut ties with EE and Tom is partnered up with Cope. Tom hasn't heard from Prophet in months even though he has been pouring his heart out to him in daily e-mails. When the two finally get back together, it is intense and hot. They soon find themselves partnering up to clear Tom's name when he is accused of a murder in the town where he grew up.

The two men are still gun shy about getting too emotionally involved regardless of the fact that they can't keep their hands off each other. Both men want to take care of the other and stake their claims, yet each are still contemplating pushing the other away to keep them safe.

There are more conversations between the two, and the source of Tom's demons is soon revealed, while Prophet is still keeping some of his issues deeply buried from Tom (although Tom's voodoo is still eerily accurate). Of course there is also plenty of creative alpha on alpha sex to keep things interesting.

There is plenty comic relief here, between the banter of Tom and Prophet and the appearance of Mick and Blue, but the focus is really on Tom's facing his past in order to move forward. While it appears the two men are making strides with each other personally, there is still a lot of ground to cover. The ending is not as much of a cliffie as the last book and there is a hopeful note for the two to move forward