Author: Annabella Michaels
Series: Hamilton's Heroes Book 1
Genre: M/M Romance
Release date: February 23, 2018
Cover artist: Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art
As a former U.S.A.F. Pararescueman, Jeremy O’Brien is used to following orders, no questions asked. So, when Micah, his boss at Hamilton Security, asks him to take on a special case, he readily accepts. Micah’s instructions are simple, find the man in the picture and bring him back to Chicago.
Seven years ago, Zane Wilkinson left the hospital against doctor’s orders, only to suffer a final, devastating blow that left him with no choice but to leave the only place he’d called home. Feeling heartbroken and empty, Zane moved from town to town just trying to survive, while never letting anyone get too close.
In a chance encounter, Jeremy finds himself crossing paths with a man who fits Zane’s description. His instincts tell him that he’s on to something, but Micah warns him that he needs to be absolutely sure. Jeremy sets a plan in motion that will allow him to get closer to the man he believes to be Zane. However, the closer he gets, the more he likes the man and begins to question why he was sent to find him.
Will Jeremy be able to follow through with his orders without becoming too attached? Or will he realize that in his search for Zane, he’s found so much more than he bargained for?
He pulled up to the window and I watched him as he lifted his hips and dug his wallet out of his back pocket. The move shouldn’t have been sexy, but it planted images in my head of those hips rising up to meet mine and I had to swallow back a groan as I turned and looked out my own window. The guy was sexy as fuck, there was no denying that, but I could barely get him to look me in the eye or talk to me. If he knew the things I’d been thinking about him, I’d scare him away for sure. - Jeremy
I love slow burn romance. Coupled with a character who learns to slowly allow someone into their life again who they care and develop feelings for…it makes that slow burn even more sweet and poignant. Add in secrets being kept on both sides where you know they’ll cause an issue down the line, and it ramps up the tension a bit since you have no idea how the characters will react. All of these things contributed to this story being one I did not want to put down once I got started.
It’s impossible not to feel for Zane with all that he’s been through and everything he’s lost. He’s a truly good man, and I only wanted to see him get a happy ending. Jeremy is also a good man—though once his secret comes out, it’s quite possible that Zane might not see him that way. As the two slowly become friends and eventually their relationship grows into something so much deeper, I kept waiting for the inevitable—the reveal of both of their secrets—and the possible ensuing heartbreak on both sides. It worried me while reading since the two of them together felt so right, so comfortable, and most importantly they made each other happy.
I’ll admit that once Zane started to reveal the events of his past, there’s was one point of his story at which I figured out what Jeremy’s secret was (even though Jeremy himself did not know the details). Even so, I was still completely immersed in his and Zane’s relationship all the way to the end. It felt genuine and progressed slow enough for them to make the transition from co-workers to friends to everything more.
4.5 stars for Found, a wonderfully emotional love story and journey of healing for Zane that only Jeremy could help him traverse. I’d definitely recommend this to any M/M romance fan. This book is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
I am married to my high school sweetheart who let’s face it, is a saint for putting up with me all of these years. Together we have been blessed with the chance to raise two amazing human beings and so far, we haven’t screwed it up; I’ll let you know for sure later. I love watching movies, cooking, going to the beach and spending time with my family and best friends. I am an obsessive reader who is a complete sucker for a good love story but loves to feel a broad range of emotions throughout a book. I think real life is hard enough and so my books offer twists and turns, but always with a happy ending.