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Circles: Book Four
Mason Arquette isn't one for mincing words. In fact, he often rubs people the wrong way-with the exception of Riece Burrell. Riece came with his own set of social issues, but he saw right through Mason's tough exterior, and they made a perfect couple. Or so Mason thought... until Riece abruptly ended their relationship without much explanation.
Years later, Mason and Riece are thrown back together. As a US Forestry Service photographer, Riece is sent on assignment to the Black Hills, where Mason works. When Mason is tasked with guiding Riece around the territory, old feelings are quickly rekindled.
But nothing is ever easy. Just as Mason and Riece begin to work things out, they're targeted by people with motives so vile and twisted they defy imagination. In a desperate race for their lives, they must depend on one another and take a big step out of their personal comfort zones to find their way back to safety-and back to love.
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Reviewed by Ann Bell
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 03 January, 2016
Please Note: This review contains some general spoilers and that I received this book pre-release in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Gone Away is the fourth book in Elizabeth Noble’s Circles series and as with the previous book Jewel Cave it’s an entirely new storyline featuring just one previous character Mason Arquette who made a brief appearance in the concluding scenes of Jewel Cave. This technique of using just one minor character from the previous book means that each book of the Circles series can be read as a standalone story.
The early chapters of Gone Away gently introduce us to the main characters Mason Arquette and Riece Burrell who were once lovers, but haven’t seen each other for some years. As they slowly get reacquainted we learn that the way Riece’s brain works and the way he sees the world isn’t what many people consider normal. I’d hazard a guess that he is on autistic spectrum but we are never told that officially, just that his brain works differently and that this ‘disability’ and I use the word loosely is the reason he left Mason previously.
Within days of meeting up again they are thrown into the wilderness and forced to trust each other and fight for their lives as they are hunted by killers. For me this is where the story really got going and became the point at which I couldn’t put the book down. Ms. Noble continues to write suspense really well just as she showed in the previous books in this series; there were plenty of times when I wasn’t at all sure how Mason and Riece were going to get out of the Black Hill alive let alone uninjured.
If you are someone who enjoys an effortless read that’s full of mystery and suspense but is unsure about m/m relationships then these books by Elizabeth Noble could well be perfect for you, since m/m sex plays a very small role in the story. Gone Away in particular is about renewing friendship and trust between two males who have hurt each other in the past. It isn’t about leaping into bed every five minutes just because they love each other. I’m not saying sex doesn’t happen but it isn’t the focus of the story by any means.
In my opinion this is an excellent read, easily living up to the quality of the earlier books in the series. On an aside and having read all the books in this series I get quite a kick out of trying to guess which minor character will become the hero in the next story. Roll on Circles book 5 so I can find out if I’ve got it right.
Previous books in the series:
Run for the Roses
A Barlow Lens
|Size: ||1.2 MB|
|Publisher: ||Dreamspinner Press|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781634767712 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|