Brady Halverson is a self-made man with his life under control. He has the money. He has the man. He has it all. When an international scandal pits brother against brother, he realizes how quickly he could lose it.
While Brady is learning the truth behind his brother’s lies, his boyfriend Blue is learning another lesson about loyalty and the fragile bonds of friendship. A careless moment divides Blue’s circle of friends, threatening to tear it apart.
Putting things back together forces them to test the bonds of friendship and family. For one of them, things will never be the same.
This is the third book in the Blue series and I would definitely recommend they be read in order, they are not stand-alones! I loved getting Blue and Brady back and even more I loved that the focus of this book was more on Brady and Blue’s struggles with outsiders than struggles between the two of them. This book focuses more on friendships and family relationships and how they influence their lives, while Brady and Blue maintain the strong relationship they have built together!
Brady finds out that his brother Terry is being investigated for some very serious investment crimes, putting his livelihood in danger as well. He’s trying to deal with the emotions of having a family member in trouble and the betrayal he feels towards Terry’s actions. At the same time there are some pretty major issues happening between Blue’s circle of friends that threatens to break up their close knit circle. Both Brady and Blue are faced with some deeply emotional choices in this book.
I loved seeing Brady and Blue come together in this book. There really isn’t angst or drama for these two men in terms of their relationship. I loved this – I really enjoyed seeing how strong their bond has become and how well they know each other. These two know what it is the other needs and is right there to give comfort or support or a push in the right direction. It felt good as a reader to see that relationship blossom after everything these two have been through. I adored them as a couple and the moments they shared together.
I also enjoyed how the drama was handled in this story. When Blue’s friends are hurt, he obviously hurt too, but he wasn’t just going to sit back and let them destroy each other or themselves. He stepped up when needed and did it so well. At the same time Brady is dealing with his family and loyalty issues, wondering if it’s okay to walk away from family ever, taking into account what Blue dealt with from his family.
I thought this was a great addition to the Blue series, showing just how far these characters have grown and how much is truly between them. I loved seeing their strong bond together and the sweet, romantic things they do for each other. I have loved Blue and Brady since the first book and Fade to Blue just made my heart happy for this couple! I would highly recommend this series – it’s got heart, and love and drama too!
Brady walked barefoot down the hall of his condo, tan carpet cushioning his steps, his mind on the golf course. He looked forward to Wednesdays at the country club, working on his game and chatting with fellow golfers. They celebrated their morning on the green with cognac at the clubhouse, bragging about better days and better scores.
He strode past the office he’d learned to ignore, the career that used to define him downgraded to a lucrative hobby. The trill of the phone on his desk lured him to the open door. It didn’t make that sound often anymore. He stepped into the sunlit room, a muted version of summer pouring through the full-length tinted windows. He paused within reach of the receiver, tempted to let the call go to voice mail. It wasn’t an emergency. It couldn’t be.
There were no emergencies in investing. Only a slow-rising panic that took days to peak and gave people ulcers in the process. That phone produced headaches. His cell dealt with calamity, and it hadn’t made a sound.
A glance at the caller ID challenged his certainty, scattering the casual curiosity and denting his mood.
Why were the Royal Canadian Mounted Police phoning his office?
A spike of fear drilled into his gut at the thought that his boyfriend, Blue, had tripped over something and done a face plant into trouble. It wouldn’t be the first time, though Blue’s brand of trouble didn’t warrant the RCMP’s attention. At worst, it attracted the Vancouver police and a couple of paramedics.
He picked up on the third ring, pushing aside the explanation. If they were calling about Blue, they wouldn’t be on his landline.
“This is Sergeant George with IMET,” a man said in his ear. “I’m trying to reach Brady Halverson.”
“This is Brady. You’re with what?”
“The Integrated Market Enforcement Team. Do you have a moment to answer some questions?”
He wasn’t familiar with that division, but the name was enough to launch dread down a zip line through his intestines.
“Sure.” He stood behind his desk, cringing at the thought of something unpleasant crashing into his life.
“You work as a hedge fund manager. Is that correct?”
“Not anymore. I’m a part-time investment advisor.”
“And you have a brother named Terry Bernard Halverson?”
That question didn’t make any sense. The topics weren’t related. “Yes. What’s this about?”
“Would you mind coming down to our office to discuss a few things?”
He didn’t like the way the sergeant stepped around his question. Neither did his blood pressure.
“Can you tell me what this is about?” he repeated, suspicion inching toward dread and puddling under his arms.
“It regards your brother.”
“I figured that.” His heart pounded through scenes of kidnappings by professionals who specialized in compound interest and compound fractures. “Is he all right?”
“To my knowledge, he’s fine. I’d rather ask the remaining questions in person if you don’t mind. It’s not urgent, but it is important.”
He breathed out the tension in his stomach. “Yeah, I guess. What’s the address?”
Sergeant George gave it.
“Does it need to be today?”
“No. Anytime this week will be fine.”
They agreed to meet the next morning, and he hung up, questions crowding his head. The biggest was what Market Enforcement in British Columbia wanted with a concert violinist from Toronto.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist with a special focus on the thousands of rejected and abandoned kids who end up on the street every year. To support the cause, 25% of the royalties from every book go to LGBT charities.