#ReleaseDay • Ash & Cinders (The Final Gabriel Church Tale) by Rodd Clark incl. ➲ Review & Giveaway
Title: Ash and Cinders
Series: Gabriel Church Tales
Author: Rodd Clark
Genre: Gay Fiction/LGBT/Thriller
Length: 255 pg Novel
Publisher: Driven Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Star Rating: 5 Stars
“It’s just the devil’s share. When life evens itself out and every bad guy gets what’s coming to em’ . . . it’s one of the few balancing things life really offers.”
Gabriel Church has done a bad, bad thing . . . and normally that doesn’t bother him too much. But everything changed when he met Christian Maxwell. Chris became his unholy grail. The thing he sought more than any other treasure, yet still a priceless pearl beyond his reach. Nothing he does seems to solidify any prospect of them being able to remain together, to live that happily-ever-after story. Even if he were to make a promise to stop his killing in the name of God, it would still only be a salty futility to wet and tempt his lips.
Christian Maxwell discovered a damaged soul inside Church, with a goodness plumbed somewhere below the visible surface. He saw pain shadowing his killer like some trailing footprint left moist in the sand. But he failed to recognize each victim, or the costs of every action the fugitive took for granted. He simply pushed those faceless victims to the dark recesses of his mind, hiding them from plain view as if they were discarded things, recollections intentionally forgotten.
The one thing Church knows with certainty is the writer is the only person who really knows him, and the only man other than himself who possibly understands where they are both headed.
But life is about to get more twisted and dangerous. It begins with a backwards Deputy Sheriff and that same ill-fated chance that always prevented him from slowing down his pace or finding a peaceful place to rest with Chris Maxwell by his side.
It doesn’t seem to matter who you are, at some point, if you are around Gabriel Church for any length of time, you are destined to offer him favor.
For Christian Maxwell, who is now completely invested in Gabe and ready and willing to uproot his entire life to be with the blue-eyed devil, at the first sign of acquiesce, that moment can’t come soon enough. He never expected to be so consumed by another human being as he is by Gabe—but he is—and I don’t think he realizes the extent of how far he has fell down the rabbit hole.
In Cinders & Ash, Detective Bleu Corso, another Gabriel conquest, reminds me of a modern-day Andy Griffith. Highly respected in his small town, all the lady folk love him and want to date him, and he even goes so far as to take some of them to a movie or out to dinner until sex is the next course on the table and then he makes his excuses to bail because secretly he is gay and fears he will forever be in the closet of his small backward town, but he can only go so far with women.
Having secrets can be stifling and when you are confronted with someone that gets your heart-rate up it’s hard not to take advantage of what’s being offered to you. Agreeing will be the first of Detective Corso’s many mistakes he makes after spotting an ole dodge truck one afternoon at the gas pumps with a sexy driver. Meeting for drinks will be his next, and following Gabe to his motel room will be the next.
How could he have read the situation so wrong? He is definitely fucked—in more ways than one. But. . .who was wrong? Bleu or Gabe?
The Final Tale of Gabriel Church has Gabe doing a lot of reflection on his life, mainly holed up from a motel room, wondering if he will ever see Christian Maxwell again, and if he will, how to make it happen.
His initial plan was to just pull off the road for a day or two, rest, wash up, get some food, but unbeknownst to Gabe, the murder of Shea Baltimore and Detective Keen, have an agent putting clues together faster than anyone realizes. For the first time—in maybe ever—Gabe has gotten sloppy and it may be his downfall.
Rodd Clark brings the Gabriel Church Tale’s to a close with anticipation and an intensity that will have you grasping your tablet through the last pages. My emotions have traveled all over the spectrum with this series, but the moment I had a change of heart over Gabriel and I didn’t want him to suffer or pay for his crimes, which I know is stupid because he is guilty, I also knew that there was no way there could be a happy ending that would be believable for Gabe and Christian. Right?
To understand Gabe and why-he-does-what-he-does you have to read the entire series. You have to ride in the cab of his truck over the miles and miles of country road he's traveled. The story is told from Gabe’s POV, and his narration of events past and present, will either convince you—or not—that he is deserving of the ending he got. For me, I am smiling and give 5 Stars to another well-done edition to this series. Thank you Rodd Clark ❤ Every time I pass a gold two-toned dodge truck on the road, I'll wonder if. . .maybe
* My sincere thanks and gratitude to Rodd Clark for providing a copy of this book for my reading enjoyment *
Rodd lives in Dallas, TX and can be reached through his web presence at RODDCLARK.COM.
He is interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres, but has varied interests and enjoys many different types of books. With a dark and distinctively disturbing voice, he creates characters which are flawed yet intriguing; such as the Main Character of Gabriel Church in his Romantic Fiction "Rubble and the Wreckage" and “Torn and Frayed.”
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