Haunting memories and shattered dreams of a life he left behind lead Karson Maddox back to Southlands, Montana and the one man he can’t forget, Marcus Deveraux. But Karson is a changed man, scarred by the chains of his past that are unwilling to let him go, and he doesn’t know if he can be the man Marcus once loved or if he will be forever bound to the horrors that plague him.
With his lover’s disappearance, Marcus repressed his pain and heartache by devoting his time to his family’s ranch. When Karson shows up on his doorstep five years later, battered and bruised, Marcus is torn between protecting the one man who stole his heart and the fear of betrayal.
As desire and passion reignite, the secrets surrounding Karson’s past threaten to tear them apart once again, and Marcus will learn just how far he’s willing to go to keep Karson safe from the demons that threaten both of their lives.
Last Kiss Goodbye, The Southlands 1 by Lexi DeHalo was a very nice start to her new series. Set in Southland, Montana, the tale delivered a well-written story line with paranormals, sexy, hot men and lots of love. Karson had returned home to his mate Marcus after a five year absence. During that time period, we discover Karson’s physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his father’s pack beta; a man hell-bent on becoming alpha. On the run, scared and alone, Karson’s only hope of survival was to return to the ranch owned by his mate and his brothers.
Both Karson and Marcus were endearing characters whom I immediately liked. It was interesting to learn that Marcus was so forgiving of Karson after such a long absence and I wondered how Karson blocked the mating link between himself and Marcus. But, Ms. DeHalo delivered a deep-rooted sentiment in Marcus’ undying love of his mate which permitted him to throw caution to the wind and take a chance.
The secondary characters, Lex, Kaine and Marcus’s brothers also made for an interesting read, and I can see future books in the making. I look forward to reading more adventures in Southland, Montana.
Sexy and Sizzling
A four handcuff review