Title: HERE WITHOUT YOU
Series: Cooper's Ridge #2
Author: JJ Harper
Publication: February 27th, 2018
Genre: M/M/M Romance
My rating: 5 STARS
Archer Hawkins and Mallory Halston literally run into each other and a true love story is born. Archer pursues Mallory with absolute determination making him fall hook, line, and sinker.
“I really would like to get to know you, Mallory.” His voice husky in my ear. “I don’t think it’s a good idea, I’m sorry.” I’m already kicking myself for turning him down. “That’s okay, I’ll ask again tomorrow, and the day after, I’ll get you to say yes in the end.”
But just when they’re about to get everything they ever hoped tragedy strikes leaving Mal alone and adrift. Putting his past behind him Mal stumbles upon Cooper’s Ridge. Changing his name to Carter, he takes a chance, becoming a bartender at The Last Drop Inn, and embarking on a new life.
Local attorney, Dan Mortimer, has finally found and captured the heart of Cooper’s Ridge’s newest resident, Carter.
“I was coming in to see you, and maybe get you to agree to dinner with me. C’mon Carter it’s only dinner, I’m a nice guy I promise.”
But when Dan’s college friend comes to town to recuperate after a horrible car accident, it seems the most important men in his life may have something to answer for. And just how far will an evil, conniving, homophobic mother with a vendetta go to bring them all down?
Here Without You is a gay ménage story with plenty of hot sex and strong language and is therefore suitable for readers aged 18 and over.
Welcome back to a magical place called Cooper’s Ridge.
This second book of the series brings to life another amazing story about three men that will find love against hate, rejection and revenge.
Mallory has been rejected by his father and family because is gay.
Archer’s powerful mother just pretends his son is not gay.
Mallory and Archer will fall in love and everything seems more than perfect, they are a step away from getting married. But a sudden turn of events will tear them apart and Mallory is left alone and rejected once again.
For Mallory it’s time to find a place to heal and start a new life. When he arrives in Cooper’s Ridge he feels that maybe that is the right place. From that moment he won’t be Mallory anymore, he will be Carter, who wants a new chance in life.
Working at The Last Drop Inn bar, surrounded by new friends, for Carter is the best medicine. When Dan Mortimer, a local attorney, asks him out is afraid to say yes. But Dan is determined to win Carter’s heart.
As their relationship grows with deep love, the past knocks at Dan’s house: Archer. For Dan is an old friend, for Carter is his lost love. All of a sudden, their lives are messed up. But for them is also a chance to reconnect and the three men now are in love.
And again, the evil mother of Archer will try to tear them apart. The relationship of the three men is strained to the limit. They have to find their balance as a threesome and make their love stronger to survive the storm.
Only love, friends and family can help them to find their HEA. And family is not only your blood legacy, but you can find family also in the love of kind friends.
I loved to find Kes, East and Denver again in this book, they’re like the glue that keeps everyone together. Even if Here Without You can be read as a standalone I suggest you to read the first book, Denver’s Calling (my review here Denver's Calling) where you can enjoy Kes, East and Denver’s story.
This story is beautifully written, a rollercoaster of joy and tears. I think that writing a gay ménage a trois story it’s not easy, but JJ Harper has been great to tell Carter/Dan/Archer’s story in a natural way, the dynamics between the three men are well balanced. Their insecurities and imperfect lives made the characters more real.
This book is about love lost and found, about friendship and family ties. Here Without You is full of emotions and the sex scenes are veeerrryyyy HOT, but this is not a surprise because JJ Haper can really set your Kindle on fire!
(ARC kindly received from the author and this is my honest review.)
When I walk into work, it looks like there’s an intervention about to take place. Kes, East, and Denver are all here as well as Shelley and the new bartender, Paris.
“Hey, guys. What’s up?” I step up to them and see the huge grins on their faces. “Why are you looking like goons?”
“We thought we’d come in and say hi. Y’know, just a catch-up.” Kes keeps smiling as he laughs.
“Oh really, you just happened to drop by. Right, fine. I’ll play along.” I narrow my eyes because I damn well know why they are here. “How are you keeping, what’s new?”
Denver smiles and looks me over. I remember I’ve got the same clothes on as last night, but I don’t think they would know that. “Oh, we’re all good, y’know. Getting along with the joys of parenting, what about you? What’s new with you?” His grin is devilish.
“I’m good. Nothing much to say. I’ll just get to the office and start on the banking.” I walk past as East looks at me and catches hold of my arm and looks at my neck. His finger nudges the neckline of my shirt and drags it away.
I tug away from him as he laughs. “Fuck off, East!” I scowl and move on.
“He’s got a hickey!” He smirks, and the rest of them all burst out laughing.
“Come on, Carter, spill the beans! What’s going on with you and the hot lawyer?” Kes is still laughing but stops when I shoot him a back-off look.
But as I think of Dan and the amazing morning, I can’t help grinning. “It’s going well. That’s all I’m going to say.”
“Congratulations, Carter. Happiness looks good on you. And if it’s Daniel who is making you happy embrace it, buddy.” Kes smiles again.
“Yeah, we’re only messing with you. It’s been great to see you smile more.” Shelley hugs me and drops a kiss on my cheek.
The rest of the day drags as I watch the door. Dan said he’d try to come in, but he didn’t say when.
“Stop staring at the door. If he said he’ll come, he will.” Paris sighs at me and nudges me with his elbow.
“I’m not staring. I just glanced over when you happened to be looking at me,” I grumble.
“You keep telling yourself that,” he jokes, then looks up and smiles. “It looks like your man is here.”
I whip my head around and gape as I take him in, striding towards me, his eyes fixed on me and only me. I gulp and stare. His dirty-blond hair is in its rough-and-ready state that just makes me want to run my fingers through it. His amber eyes blaze with gold flashes as he looks me over. I drink in the fitted white T-shirt stretched tight over muscles I have traced with my tongue. His blue, well-worn jeans mold his long, strong legs, the muscles flexing as he gets closer.
His eyes flicker down to my mouth as I dampen my bottom lip, making him copy my action. Fuck! He is hot as shit!
“Hey, baby,” he murmurs as he reaches the bar.
“Hey, you,” I whisper back as we both lean over the polished wood bar. Our mouths touch, and I hum against his soft, but oh so firm, lips. “I’ve missed you.”
“I’ve missed you too.”
When we pull apart, I notice the room has gone quiet as everyone stares. I look at Shelley, and she fans her face.
“Holy fuck, you two are hot as hell!” She looks around and laughs. “I think they just got their Hollywood moment, that was straight out of the movies.”
JJ Harper likes nothing more than to lose herself in books, either reading or writing them. She spends her days dreaming about hot men and love stories, letting her imagination run away with her.
Living quietly in the South Lincolnshire countryside with her very patient husband and her uber-lazy dog she hides behind a sweet smile but really is a coffee-addicted, wine drinking, potty-mouthed girl with no intention of every growing up or growing old gracefully.
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