Three years ago, Chase Gallardo ran toward freedom with his fellow survivors after having spent five months in captivity. He hasn’t stopped running since. Only now, it’s the memories he’s constantly trying to escape. Haunting echoes of a man who forced Chase to play the part of another, the kidnapper’s younger brother. Chase may have survived, but that doesn’t mean he’s really living. Until one day, when his employee tells him there’s a man sitting at the bar, wearing only underwear.
Remy Stahl has given up—almost. For a year, alcohol, drugs, and faces without names have kept him company. But he has two friends who refuse to give up on him, and they lock him up in his house in an attempt to save him from himself. But never underestimate an addict’s desire to see the bottom of another bottle. Remy escapes, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass that he’s nearly naked.
This is the sequel to Aftermath, where Cam and Austin met, struggled, and fell in love. Outcome takes us back to Bakersfield with Chase and Remy’s story. Fueled by anger, guilt, and shame, they’re not off to an easy start. But it’s only a matter of time before they learn how much they need each other in order to move on.
(From previous site)
If you remember Aftermath – which you MUST read before you read this – you’ll recall that Chase was one of the captives held by Remy Stahl’s brother. In fact, Remy was the “name” Chase was given and his role to play in the demented farce he was forced to play in the basement. At the end of Aftermath, Chase is contacted by Remy in an attempt for Remy to express his immense regret that Chase suffered at his brother’s hands.
In this, the sequel, we pick up where Aftermath left off, Chase is a year out of captivity and he is feeling more secure in his life. He has refused Remy’s apologies thus far and doesn’t think he will ever be ready to face him.
Remy, on the other hand, is checking out. He is in a drug driven downward spiral that is only halted when his friend pulls him in and puts him in a forced “detox” situation.
Running from this detox, Remy runs into Chase by accident. This spurs Chase into re-evaluating his feelings and the two enter into a somewhat strange, but infinitely mutually helpful relationship with each other.
They have many ghosts to vanquish and we see some very interesting new developments in the kidnapping case which may serve to split them apart.
I absolutely loved Aftermath and was so pleased to see the sequel. This is a lot easier to read than Aftermath – mostly because we’ve already seen most of the horrors the men had to survive. Instead, this was a delightful, healing sequel that showed us more of Cam and Austin and allowed us to see Chase and Remy come to peace with their pasts (more than just the past that they shared with Remy’s brother.)
Their love story is sweet and sexy and you will want to read this all in one seating, it’s so engaging.
I highly recommend this and give it 5 of 5 hearts.