Book Reviews

Gone Away (Circles 4) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 31-March-2016

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

“There is nothing wrong with you, Riece. Yeah, I’ll agree sometimes you see the world in a different way than I do, but that’s not… hell, I don’t even know what."
“Why did you stay with me?”
Mason shook his head and chuckled. “....What I see is someone sweet and funny and smart and caring. I like spending time with you. And, you stayed with me despite the fact I rub most people the wrong way.”

Mason made quite an impression on me during his brief appearance in 'Jewel Cave', so the prospect of getting his story was very appealing. The 'Circles' series is one I've enjoyed immensely for its mystery, intrigue, romance, and action. The fact that Riece is a character who definitely dances to the beat of his own drum was fascinating, so between the two main characters and their unique personalities, I was glued to the pages.

Mason and Riece head off into the backcountry of the Black Hills so Riece can get pictures. What they run into is a terrifying and horrific group of hunters who don't specialize in animals. It takes everything they both have, and more, to evade them while hoping they can reach help. Mason knows this area very well, but Riece is not much of an outdoor person, and all of these threats along with the changes don't mesh well with the way his brain works. Both men have to dig deep to escape with their lives.

'Gone Away' was another action-packed adventure in the series. To be honest, I would have loved more background on these two men, and I definitely would have enjoyed some more detail of Riece's mental processes. He came across, to me, as being very high functioning autistic, and I would have appreciated that being explored a little more. However, as a big fan of this author's work, I think she did a great job, and I certainly enjoyed every moment of the story. Thank you, Elizabeth!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 130 pages/42404 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-January-2016
Price $4.99 ebook
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