Double #Review – Broken Oaths by V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne

Title:Broken oaths

Author:V.L. Moon, J.T. Cheyanne

Genre:Gay Romance, Adventure, Contemporary

Length:Novel

Publisher:Laz and Lachi Publications

Welcome all to an EyesOnBooks first! We have our very own, first ever double review. Read on to discover the takes on Broken Oaths, V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne’s latest novel, of both Bradley and myself!

Synopsis

Betrayed by his peers and slandered as a traitor, Commander Thierry Donovan has nothing left. Locked away and targeted by the very men responsible for his incarceration, Thierry defies the odds and fights for the fundamental right to survive the hell-hole of his imprisonment. With no one to trust, Thierry finds solace in the last place he imagines…

The church is Ryan Flynn’s sanctuary. He craves the solitude and peace he finds in the hallowed halls. His oath to serve God is a calling Ryan has hidden behind all of his adult life; until his past catches up with him in the form of his foster brother, Special Agent Orrin Hunt…

Submerging himself within a world of danger, violence and corruption is the only way Orrin can cope with life. Rejected and tormented by the bitter remorse of unrequited love, Orrin is oblivious to the beauty of what life can offer him. If he’d only open his eyes, and maybe his heart….

Jaydan Callahan’s life is a wreck. Gangs, drugs and violence are a part of his normal day to day routine. For one so young, he’s seen it, been there, done it and gotten more than enough tee shirts as proof. Capable of smelling a cop from a mile away, it comes as no surprise to Jay when the guy he has the hots for is actually working undercover to bring down the town’s notoriously dangerous king pin.

Four men, four lives, each one of them stained by lies, corruption and doubt. Can love show them the path to redemption, or will broken oaths, fear and grief make the crosses they bear too heavy a mantle to carry.

Love is Love

Broken Oaths

Review

Bradley

One of the things you can always count on when reading anything by these two authors is you can never assume anything. And in Broken Oath’s this rule holds true. The thing I really love about V.L. and J.T.’s writing is how fluid they write together, combining their individual voices into one seamless story. In this story we are taken into the lives of four men: a priest, a sailor, a Fed and a gang-banger. What might sound like an unlikely group of men with nothing in common is woven into a tale of suspense, devotion, and self discovery.

I love the pairing of these men and how their separate stories are told and tied together so amazingly. With the side characters adding depth to the tale, this is one very well written story that captures the reader from page one to ‘The End’.

One of the greatest parts of this book for me was how V.L. and J.T. were able to tie in the recent SCOUTS ruling on same fender marriage and the ability for GLBTQ people to openly serve in the US Military. Both these areas have a very special purpose to me and the way they dealt with theses subjects throughout the book was amazing.

This is another stellar performance from these two amazing writers. This is a WONDERFUL read.

Alina

A priest in love with an ex-military, wrongfully accused hunk, and the priest’s adopted brother, a special agent,  falling for a gang-banger. If that’s not enough to get you interested, then I don’t know what is! Maybe I should add the two foster brothers fell for each other as teenagers? Or that those who had wrongfully condemned Commander Thierry Donovan are military higher ups and local organized crime leaders?

Broken Oaths is an adrenaline pumping story, but beyond the thrilling chase to save Thierry, this is a story about coming to grips with past loss, finding the courage to accept one’s self, and giving in when love comes and sweeps you away. All the conflicts in the book – Ryan’s being torn between his role as a priest and his love for Thierry, Orrin’s lost lover and his new interest for Jaydan, Jaydan and Thierry’s own insecurities – they are all beautifully crafted and your heart will go out for each one of these men.

The two love stories and four destinies are individually compelling, yet as they intertwine, the story truly comes to life. Broken Oaths is a great read, a story with depth and substance, and an overtone of action-adventure that the young tomboy in me (who grew up with Stalone, Bruce Lee, and Van Damme) couldn’t help being swept in.

Excerpt

He couldn’t speak. The lump in his throat threatened to choke him. All he could do was stare. His eyes grew wider as both of his friends leaned in toward him, sandwiching him between them.

“Shh, it’s ok. We gotcha,” Danny whispered as he nuzzled along Jay’s jaw line.

“Relax. Ain’t no one gunna hurt you. Not with me here.” Declan’s deep baritone voice sent a shiver through Jay. All three of them had been lifelong friends. Danny and Declan both knew what Jay had given up to look after Sylvie. They’d stuck by him, helped him, and watched each other’s backs numerous times in the past. They were close; however, they had never been as close as they were right then.

But, as he’d thought earlier, things had changed. Marrenzo wanted Declan. The mafia boss’s son would stop at nothing to get him which put Danny at risk and made whatever was happening between the three of them, a one-time thing. It was goodbye. Jay felt it, had known it was inevitable. Bringing up both of his hands, Jay held their faces in his palms and smiled through the tears.

“I fucking love you guys! Stay safe, stay together and let me know you’re both ok. Brothers to the end.” Jay leaned in one at a time and kissed both men. His lips tasted them, their tongues sought his. The kiss was warm, welcoming and greedily consumed. He’d have given anything; everything to have the same with Orrin.

“Brothers to the end,” Declan rumbled and moved in, taking Jay’s mouth.

“Always,” Danny whispered as he slipped his hand down over Jay’s chest. His fingers fumbled, slipping beneath Jay’s tee shirt. He lifted it slowly as though he were unwrapping something to be savored and enjoyed. Declan’s hand followed, lifting with Danny until the shirt was removed and Jay lay on his side. Danny faced him chest to his chest and Declan curved in around his back.

The warmth of their bodies felt so good. Hard chests from hours of working out in back yards made Jay feel more wanted and connected than he’d ever felt before. Tears stung his eyes. Even being held between the two people he’d grown up with, trusted and loved, Jay’s heart refused to let go of its want of Orrin’s touch.

“I can’t,” Jay whispered as he buried his face against Danny’s chest.

“You love him? Your Fed?” Declan asked before brushing his lips lightly over the back of Jay’s neck. Warm breath fanned across his shoulders, teasing the small hairs that reached up for more.

“He’s not a Fed,” Jay replied. “He’s NCIS; a naval investigator. He needed the low down on Marrenzo and rather than go for the inside knowledge chose to see what the opposing side knew about him,” Jay explained. He wanted them to understand that he hadn’t sold them out.

“Hold on. You knew all of this time? You guys knew and never said a word?” Jay asked and rolled onto his back to face both of his friends.

“Fed, Cop, MP, NCIS, it’s all the same to me.”

About the authors

Laz and Lachi Publications is the combined writing team of J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon. The two met in 2010, fell hard and fast for each other and married in April 2014. They write both independently and together in the gay erotica and gay paranormal genres. They also have a couple of contemporary romance novels under their belt.

Social media links

Our joint page

https://www.facebook.com/LazLachibooks

Website

http://www.lazandlachi.com/

JT Cheyanne 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jtcheyannestories

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JTCheyanne

VL Moon 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VenusMoonstories

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VenusMoon5

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4 Responses to “Double #Review – Broken Oaths by V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne”

  1. VL Moon says:

    Thank you so much for hosting us and supporting us. Eternally grateful to you Bradley and Alina. Much love

  2. JT Cheyanne says:

    Thank you Alina and Bradley for the wonderful reviews. Thank you Eyes on Books for hosting Broken Oaths on the tour. Always a pleasure working with you.

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