Author Name: Jessie G.
Book Name: Safety In Numbers
Series: Sizzling Miami
Release Date: October 31, 2015
“Bros stick together no matter what.”
When Chris and Liam made that promise, they had no idea how important it would become or how it would be tested in the most brutal way. Nine years later, their bond cemented in blood, that relationship is all they have to hold on to.
“No matter what happens, this friendship will be the one constant we can count on.”
When Billy and Owen made that promise, they knew exactly how dangerous the world could be. They survived prison by protecting each other and they survived freedom by holding that promise sacred. Now they want more than just to survive and they want it from the brothers whose bond is as strong as their own.
“We are stronger together than we’ll ever be apart.”
When Owen reaches his breaking point, Chris jumps at the chance to make things right for all of them. With the future in their grasp, will they realize their strength is in their numbers and finally become the family they crave?
Author’s Note: This is NOT a foursome, but the story of two couples that needed to be told together.
Pages or Words: 76,000 words
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
That silence hid a lot from their friends, but Liam knew Chris was plagued with memories far worse than his. That’s why they decided not to celebrate alone this year. Billy and Owen were expected any minute and it was the first time they invited anyone to join them. The anniversary was bittersweet for them and they chose to celebrate it because becoming brothers meant that much to them. “Do you think they’ll find it stupid?”
Chris just shrugged as if it was no skin off his back what they thought and Liam knew that was just bravado. Fact was, they both very much cared what the two men thought. “Liar.”
His brother sighed and dropped his head back. As if shit wasn’t fucked up enough, they fell for two bastards just as fucked up as they were. “I know you’re worried about Owen. The business with Colin is growing out of their control and I’m not sure why he thinks it’s a good thing. Is he trying to prove something? And the middle of the night phone calls from the FTR? He’s looking more and more fragile every day.”
Liam knew he wasn’t stating anything new. What he didn’t know was what Chris intended to do about it. Lately, when it came to Owen, Chris conveyed zero intent and seemed to be waiting for Owen to read him as effortlessly as Liam did. Their brother bond had been forged through blood and he was afraid Chris’s expectations of Owen were unreasonable. “Do you see his face every time he thinks he’s failed to understand you? The weight of it is crushing.”
Instead of regret, all Liam saw was anger in Chris. It wasn’t a common emotion for Chris and Liam could name every time he saw it. The fact that Chris knew what he was capable of if provoked had made him extremely conscious of that emotion and he often went to great lengths to contain it.
Owen was the very definition of insecure. Just the type to inspire Chris’s protective instincts, which Liam knew for a fact Owen did. Hell, he inspired Liam’s protective instincts. Owen was stubborn though and he often distanced himself, keeping things bottled up until they manifested elsewhere. Like in panic attacks that felt like heart attacks, which he also tried to hide. Liam nearly lost it when they found out that Billy was keeping Owen’s secret.
Chris nodded slowly, as if he completely followed Liam’s train of thought and waited for him to connect the dots. And just like that, Liam understood. “You’re pissed because he doesn’t come to you when the panic sets in. That he hides it from you and they hide it from us.”
It made total sense, but he had to wonder if they were expecting too much. After all, they couldn’t call what was going on with either man a relationship. No, they were four fucked up bastards trying to come together in some romanticwhat? Not a foursome, eww…he loved Chris, but yeah, that just wasn’t happening. And Owen wasn’t his type any more than Billy was Chris’s type. But—always with the fucking buts, right?—what was happening was very definitely happening to the four of them, and Liam now had to wonder if that was the problem, because trying to come together was definitely not the same as being together.
Chris shook his head and shifted in his seat. No, he was right. It wasn’t just their brother bond that made it impossible to move forward as two separate couples. Billy and Owen had formed their own unique friendship in prison and were no more likely to move forward without the other one either. “Just once, couldn’t we have done something the easy way?”
The fire door banged open and Liam turned to see Billy and Owen, arms full of brightly wrapped packages, struggling to pull a huge cluster of balloons through the door. It was a shocking contrast to their dark thoughts and so uncharacteristically sweet of both men. Billy caught their surprised stare and yelled, “Is this where the party’s at?”
“It is now.” It might seem silly, but it was exactly what they needed and exactly who they needed it from. Maybe they hadn’t been expecting too much at all. Liam rose to give them a hand and glanced down to see the look of longing in Chris’s eyes and thought maybe it was time they all expected more.
I am going to ATTEMPT to write this review without spoilers, but no promises. There are so many quotes I want to include in this review, but just trust me when I say you need to read this book (and the whole series if you haven’t yet).
This story has been a long time coming…it seems like forever we’ve been waiting to ‘hear’ what Chris has to say. We’ve been teased with it in Tricking Chase and Their Reason. These 4 men have had me intrigued since we met them; they’ve been surrounded by sexual tension, passion and confusion from the beginning. Even in For a Reason – my favorite book of the series featuring my favorite 2 characters – I found myself asking ‘what the heck is going in with these 4 men?’…I need to know their stories. And so finally, here they are…mostly. (For those of you unfamiliar with Ms. G’s work, she’s a bit of a tease…always leaving you salivating with some questions to be answered later.)
So I guess I’ll start with Owen. I’m not going to lie…I didn’t like him in For a Reason – at all. He was a bit of a jerk and I knew there had to be a reason but I didn’t care then because he just made me so mad. We finally find out why he’s been somewhat resentful toward Bull and why he acted as he did. Chapter 6…that’s when he won me over…I don’t remember much about him in this book before that (I’ll have to re-read this story a few times to have it completely memorized) but in Chapter 6 he had me. (and truthfully, that cover picture of him didn’t hurt.) At times he seems weak, but through Chris’ eyes we see that he’s actually really strong when someone believes in him.
Oh Chris…I can’t swoon too much over him or my friend Wendy will get mad (she claims he belongs to her and we let her because she found the perfect picture of him). I KNEW when he opened his mouth we’d want to listen…and I was right. Wow…he’s a pretty perfect alpha male among these men. He had a crap hand dealt to him and it basically broke him which is what caused him to shut down. He’s carrying around guilt that he really didn’t need to be carrying. He has a great relationship with his brother, Liam. He brings out the best in those around him. He is vulnerable in his strength. He is the perfect man for Owen. (Chris and Owen leapfrogged over Ty and Chase to be my new 2nd favorite couple in this series. Bull and Ian are my favorite.)
Liam seems to be the life of this party. He’s a bit silly and a bit funny, especially when he’s around Billy because Billy makes him so happy. There are a couple of times that you absolutely laugh out loud at him. I love how he loves Billy. Billy has been so unloved for so long that Liam really has to show him how great he is and the best way to do that is to just love him…so he does. He is a great brother to Chris, even though they still carry a bit of tension from the past that they work through in the story. He reminds me a little of a playful Javi and Ian…he too seems a bit lost but is on his way to figuring out what he wants in his life.
And that leaves Billy Bear. He was a bit of a hellion as a young man and he paid for it, not only through the penal system but with his family as well. It is amazing to me how such a big strong man can lack self-confidence and be so vulnerable. It is through Liam (and Trick) that he starts to gain confidence. He is so truly sweet with Liam; you really just want to hug him. While Billy went through some growing pains in this book, he still has some work to do with his family.
The dynamic between Billy and Owen and Chris and Liam is made clear in this book if you didn’t already understand it going in. These men will always be in each other’s lives and we had to have all of them in this story to get the full picture of each of their lives and futures.
Overall, this is another must read from Jessie and one that I will read again and again (as with the other books in this series).
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Q: In For a Reason, a couple of the guys noticed a new car that had shown up right after Red and became suspicious. How was it that the 2 men stalking Billy went unnoticed for a year?
A: Oh wow, I really thought you were going to let this one slide!! (Really Jessie? I thought you knew me!) I would have to say there are a lot of answers to this. First, it wasn’t a daily occurrence and second, there were two of them doing it at different times. That said, a lot happened in the year Billy’s brothers were supposedly watching the garage that kept our guys busy, but all of that is really a cop out. Truthfully, the one person who has that honed sixth sense is not himself lately, but there’s not much more I can say on that without spoiling the sequel to The Protector.
Q: In Their Reason, Chris said something to Owen on the dance floor. Will we ever find out what he said?
A: Yes, you will find out what Chris said to Owen in their sequel to Safety in Numbers. It will be important, not just the words, but the moment Owen remembers them. Just not yet 🙂
Q: I know this is like asking you to pick your favorite kid, but of these 4, who is your favorite? Who was the hardest to write? Who was the easiest?
A: I hate this question! Favorite would have to be Owen. I know there were some people (you) who really didn’t like him from the previous books. Knowing his backstory, I was excited to see his redemption unfold. Hardest was Chris. There is a lot going on inside him that’s been withheld for so long and he doesn’t know how to express it all. Liam was the easiest, probably because he was usually funny and likes banter. If I can get into that banter, see the back and forth, it flows and I’m laughing right along with the characters.
Q: What’s next for these boys? For this series?
A: There will be two sequels from this book, one dedicated to Owen and Chris, and one dedicated to Liam and Billy. Next up in this series is His Premier, Colin’s story, due out next spring, but before that you’ll get the second book in the Devils Pride MC series, Talk Dirty to Me in January.
Q: What was the last 5 star book you read (and author)?
A: Sutphin Blvd by Santino Hassell.
Meet the author:
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: to be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With six published books to date, three series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
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Publisher: Jessie G. Books
Cover Artist: Andrew Reyna
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