#ReleaseDay • #Review • Lost In The Echo by Jack L Pyke + Giveaway
LOST IN THE ECHO
JACK L PYKE
Three days. Three questions. Three answers.
Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn't an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days.
All Will has to do is provide three... simple... answers
● Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
● Story Page: Forbidden Fiction
Tags: Gay; M/M; BDSM; Bisexual; Light Angst; Suspense; Mystery; Enemies to Lovers; Psychological Thriller; HFN; Novelette; CW: Kidnapping
“Hm.” Will brushed the flat of his stomach, just by accident at first as he shifted the sheet to get comfortable, but then, as his body reacted, a run of happy goosebumps chased a second, more deliberate touch.
One arm covering his eyes, almost hiding him from loving the touch he played on his body, Will dug the flat of his feet a little harder into the mattress. The shy covering of sheet only added to the slow tease of the back of his hand brushing the length and thickness between his thighs. So easy… so easy just to slip between material and skin, maybe just to feather-play those fingers between navel and the vulnerability of everything hidden beneath the thin safety of the covers, to stroke, to please.
Will arched his back slightly, letting a soft murmur escape his lips. How long had it been? How long since he’d known the feel of his body pressed into the mattress by someone else. Hearing a whisper in his ear, keep the touch light… a game of mutual consent, or shift it into something darker, where giving up control tipped the scales, and a harder tease with cuffs slipped around his wrists as that heated body above him shifted a cock deeper, dug that rough drag of nails down his thigh— harder.
Control. He didn’t mind games of surrender, if only in the bedroom. He didn’t mind admitting how much he missed being held and fucked hard enough so that—
Giving a cry, he twisted to his side; head now buried in his pillow, legs curled up in almost a defensive position as he gripped at the sheet, trying to stop the heat he could feel burning in his cock.
Wrong. Today of all days, it was wrong.
Lost in the Echo is a story of tragic beginnings and endings and trying to find your balance of where you fit in with it all.
When the story takes off, the reader doesn’t really have any understanding of what’s going on other than the day to day activities of Will, a linguistics tutor, who projects himself as a loner and through his interactions we can tell that he is hurting... emotionally.
We gather most of our information from Will as he thinks about stuff in his head. A school holiday allows him a few days away from his everyday life so he sets off to his cabin away from everyone where he can relax and try to sort out some of his life.
However, while going for a run, Will is knocked off course and in true Jack L Pyke fashion the reader is taken on a psychological journey
that will stop your heart beating for a pulse or three.
As the blurb tells you, Will Chambers is kidnapped, tied to the bed and blindfolded, but the question remains…Why? Who is with Will? What is their purpose? The reader is in the dark as much as Will, but over the course of a few days’ secrets will be exposed, truths will come out, old hurts and deep wounds will be reopened and healing will finally start to take place.
Pyke introduces two other characters besides Will. Elliott, Will’s neighbor, long-time friend, and part-time lover, and Ryan, Elliott’s son. All of these people have one person in common holding them together, albeit loosely, but each one is hurting, confused,
and lost in their own echo.
This is a short read but that doesn’t make it any less compelling. The author manages to take the reader on an emotional journey that will have you shedding a few tears at the unfairness, but breaking out in smiles when confessions are heard and realizing that sometimes the kids are smarter than the parents. I hope they all can start to heal and live the life they were meant to live. As with any Pyke story, you are in awe at the end at the author's creativity and the journey, regardless of length, is always inspiring. Definitely recommended. 4.5 Stars
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author Jack L. Pyke *
MEET THE AUTHOR
Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England's finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sighting, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack's drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack's the first to let nature take its course.