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Texas Heroes, Book 2
Jess Anastasi
LGBT, Gay, Suspense, Romance
Dreamspinner Press
October 15, 2019

A charming, confident FBI analyst gets more than the fling he bargained for when his lover lands smack in the middle of his investigation.

Gabe Lopez travels to Everness, Texas, to investigate and profile a dangerous group of white supremacists living on the outskirts of the small town. As far as he’s concerned, the assignment can’t end soon enough. When he stops to help Matt York with a flat tire, he anticipates a sexy distraction—nothing more. But Matt has a knack for getting himself into trouble, and soon Gabe is torn between protecting Matt and doing his job.

Matt left a successful life and business back in San Francisco to fulfill a promise to his aunt: find his runaway cousin and bring him home. But Tommy is on a dangerous path, and someone is trying to scare Matt off—or worse.

When the situation escalates, Matt turns to Gabe, who doesn’t like mixing business and pleasure. But in Everness, the secrets are buried deep, and like it or not, Matt is at risk of being buried right alongside them.

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Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Gabe Lopez is an FBI Analyst doing a risk assessment report on a group called American Liberty Patriots (ALP), a white nationalist group camping on the outskirts of Everness, Texas. His report is to determine whether this group should be considered a terrorist organization and what further investigation or intervention is necessary.

While heading to his hotel Gabe comes across a man with a flat tire and stops to give a helping hand which would lead to so much more. Matt York is the owner of a gluten free bakery and coffeehouse in San Francisco and has promised his aunt that he would find his cousin Thomas and bring him home. When Gabe stops to help him he temporarily forgets about Thomas and focuses on the handsome man standing next to him, although there is no doubt that the attraction will go nowhere.

Both men were attracted to each other and neither of them thought anything would come of it, what were the chances of them running into each other again? Actually the chances were extremely high since their rooms at the motel are next door to each other. It doesn’t take long before the attraction leads to more and each man willingly enters into a sexual relationship, never thinking it will go further. Who would say no to a no-strings sex while they are both taking care of the business that brought them to Everness in the first place?

If you read book one in the series, then you are already acquainted with Jake and Danny. We once again meet up with them and find out what is happening in their lives. As the deputy sheriff, Jake is there to help Gabe, if necessary. When a resident is nearly beaten to death and hateful pamphlets and graffiti appear outside Matt’s motel room there is no doubt that the ALP is responsible.

When Matt finally approaches his cousin, he is shocked by Thomas’ apparent hatred for him not to mention gays and anyone not white and Christian. Matt is determined to bring him home in spite of his refusal to do so brings his relationship to Gabe’s attention. Now Gabe and Matt being together must come to an end while Gabe is finishing his assignment. There is definitely a conflict of interest now, a conflict neither man was previously aware of.

This is a great story and if you haven’t read book one, then I definitely recommend starting there, it is another great story with great characters like this one, although they do not have to be read in order. There is explicit sex, violence and a close and personal look at the danger that groups like ALP present, terrorism is not always brought to our shores by other countries . Sometimes it lives right here.