Detective Cristian Flesh is about to find out that he can only run from his past for so long. When a local man is attacked and the suspect is a hustler, Cristian knows there’s more to the case than meets the eye.
- Flesh and Blood by Ethan Stone
Flesh and Blood by Ethan Stone
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About the Author
Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather. Ethan recently returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.
June 09, 2015
Abuse plot-line and scenes of a sexual nature.
To me, Flesh and Blood separates into 4 parts; the slow beginning, the exciting middle, an unnecessary plot shift and the WTF ending!
The Cristian Flesh we see in this novel is much changed from the first installment of the series. He is breaking his own rules, frequently declaring his love, actively helping people and happily spending time with a child! This new case forces Cristian to face his demons and as he opens up to Colby we learn more about the abuse he suffered and the subsequent walls he erected around himself.
Cristian's relationship with Colby is pivotal in this story, especially to Cristian's development and the decisions he makes. Unfortunately, I also feel that the many sex scenes between the couple lost their spontaneity and just became monotonous.
Although I felt Flesh and Blood's beginning was a little dragged out I may have clapped my hands in excitement at Gabe's entrance. I loved the way that Ethan Stone linked his story with Cristian's and the case he is investigating.
This is such a compelling section of the story, in part because of the new characters Ethan Stone introduces. We immediately like Special Agent Drew Bradley because of his openness and willingness to help Cristian. Casey, Austin, and Rebel are very similar personalities to Gabe; we empathize and hurt with them.
Ethan Stone's villains are just bad, with few redeeming features (if any) and we have an immediate emotional reaction to their attitudes and behaviour.
For me, Ethan's investigation was over too quickly and although I understood Ethan Stone's motives behind making his protagonist more 'human', his trip to Newport seemed drawn-out and disjointed from Flesh and Blood's other events.
Yet, Ethan Stone drags us back with a bang and the story's ending is an emotional one. I was left sobbing and confused.
So, overall is Flesh and Blood worth reading? Yes, but have Blood and Tears close by to begin when this ends!
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