Read this 5-heart review by Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
Author: H.L Day
Published: August 20, 2020
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Genre: Erotic Romance; Science Fiction; Dystopian; Adventure Romance
Length: 382 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Angst; Geek/Nerd; Humor; Opposites Attract; HEA; Kink: Knife Play; CW: Murder, Stalking, Violence
Sometimes salvation comes from the most unlikely hero.
When Tate Gillespie is marked for death for a crime he didn’t commit, his life crumbles. In a world where ‘justice’ is meted out by a relentless military force, he’s going to need more than a mythical guardian angel. His life down to seconds, he’s saved by the mysterious X, a knife-wielding man he’s never even met before. But who is X? Is he the man who threatens and kills without a second thought? Or the strangely gentle man who only seems to act that way around Tate?
X is a shadow. A wraith. A man who flits through the city virtually unseen. He’s got no time for people when knives are far more reliable. X does have one weakness though—the man he’s been keeping safe for years who doesn’t even know it. He’d burn the whole world to keep him alive. But what he won’t do is stake his claim. Tate’s not his and he needs to remember that, no matter how close they might become.
With the military in hot pursuit, they’re going to need to rely on X’s skills to keep them both alive. Tate’s feelings are growing with every hour they spend together, but X is a tough nut to crack. Can two people from very different backgrounds really find common ground? Or will one of the many perils they face throughout their long journey drive them apart?
It’s all about survival. Not love. Isn’t it?
Exposed is a 132k action/adventure story featuring two men who couldn’t be more opposite..
Even in the future, society can’t get away from the “haves” and “have-nots”. H.L Day’s Exposed is a dystopian novel set “somewhere on a large continent in the year 2076, after the end of the world as we know it.” This opening line is pretty telling. The end of World War 3 creates a society where a person is no longer innocent until proven guilty but where you are vaporized where you kneel as the Defenders of The Peace (DTP) dispense their “special” brand of brutal justice.
Tate Gillespie is a “have” living in Cofield working for a pharmaceutical company. Yep, a bit on the geeky and naïve spectrum this one. He obeys the rules and has a healthy circle of friends, including a new love interest, who teases him relentlessly about his Guardian Angel who swoops in whenever he is in need.
A fast-paced, action-packed and suspenseful race for survival.
X is a “have-not” and a badass ruthless killer living in the slums on the edge of Cofield. Violence and crime prevail in his world and interestingly, the DTP ignores the slums for the most part. He creates fears in those who cross his path and isn’t hesitant to wield his blades. Lurking in the shadows, he fixates on one geeky pharmaceutical employee while fulfilling his fleshly desires at the local brothel.
When Tate faces vaporization for a crime he didn’t commit, his Guardian Angel swoops to the rescue. Whether he committed the crime or not, X couldn’t care less. His protective call for Tate knows no bounds. The repercussion of his actions is a fast-paced, action-packed and suspenseful race for survival with one goal in mind. To get beyond the reach of the DTP where Tate will be safe. But, what about X? Doesn’t he deserve a safe and better life as well?
Exposed is one hella great love story born from the past, creating a stalkerish existence with a chance for more beyond their perception. X and Tate couldn’t be more opposite, yet they fit together perfectly, fulfilling each other’s needs. Tate tames the fight from X as X allows Tate to fulfill his true desire to be controlled with the illusion of fear. Tate has witnessed X’s lethality, yet innately knows he will never be its recipient. Between them, it is all an act that heightens their intense and satisfying intimate encounters.
‘Exposed’ is one hella great love story.
Their survival isn’t easy, with challenges at every step. Through it all, Tate goes from fear, horror at his situation and distrust of X, to a sheer determination to survive and pursue a life with X. X isn’t as easy to read, but there is one constant. He will sacrifice his last breath for Tate. Their relationship isn’t full of angst, but the angst of their intense battle for survival is off the charts. Humor is the glue that holds it all together and tenderness emerges despite their dire situation.
Exposed isn’t an easy story to read because of the death and destruction triggered by the DTP. To be honest, I couldn’t help but see similarities with current events and the challenges with democracy. In the end, H.L Day restores our faith in humanity, wrapping up the story with peace settling in. Tate and X seek a better life at all cost and without sacrifice, making Exposed the ultimate romance.
A copy of Exposed was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by H.L Day, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.