Length: 55,000 approx
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Trapped in darkness, can an escort find a man to help him into the light?
Gabriel Reyes never gave in. He fought and was hurt, was abused but escaped with his life. He made his way in the world using the one thing he was good at: sex. He earned a place with a man who controls everything but Gabriel is safe; he's made it.
Cameron Stafford hires Gabriel for a night, needing nothing more than a pretend boyfriend to get his dysfunctional family off his back. With the money he has in the bank and his own hotel, why won't they just leave him alone? It doesn't matter that a degenerative disease has stolen his vision, or that his last boyfriend was a bastard who tried to steal from him; for now he has purpose.
When Gabriel and Cam fall for each other, can they find real happiness and, maybe, a forever that will save them both?
A new story set in the world of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes and the Double D Ranch, Texas.
Please be aware: emotional and physical abuse are depicted on the page in this book.
Just as with the first book in this series, Gabriel-The Second Legacy also runs very high on the angst factor. Gabriel has had a difficult life, losing his mother at a young age, then suffering through abuse at the hands of those who should have been taking care of him. Even after escaping that, he just goes from one bad situation to another—though he is so beat down that he actually rationalizes his current situation.
Cam has grown up with whatever he needed from a monetary standpoint, but as his eyesight fails as he gets older, there are those around him who think that makes him incapable of doing things himself anymore—in particular his own father and brother-in-law. When he meets Gabriel, that prejudice is missing and the two form a friendship. I was very impressed by how well Cam was able to cope on his own, and the mechanisms he had in place to help him live his life as naturally as possible. His best friend/security Six was a favorite character of mine in this story with how he cared for and helped Cam.
To me, I actually didn’t feel a lot of depth to Cam and Gabriel’s relationship. This may be due to the fact that a lot on the on-page time was spent in their own individual situations instead of with each other. It was difficult for me to feel the connection between them, though I did feel a lot of sadness for each of their circumstances. Also, the time on the ranch did not take up a lot of the story—the majority was spent in the city dealing with their respective issues with family and those who supposedly cared for each of them.
Gabriel was a 3.5-star read for me, primarily due to the lack of connection between Cam and Gabriel. Although we are told about their relationship through the epilogue, not actually experiencing it throughout the story affected my rating. This is still a good fit with the series, and there is definitely a lot of emotion and plenty of difficult scenes depicting the abuse Gabriel went through—both past and present. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and scenes of physical and emotional abuse.
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