Eric & Clint series by Jerry Cole

More Than Friends: The Complete First Story

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Second Edition (2016). The things that matter the most are often the hardest things to hold on to. When duty, love and honor collide, only the brave will survive. Jason “Clint” McClintock and Eric Look have been best friends since seventh grade. Eric’s neat, well-ordered world is forever turned upside down by Clint’s antics and the boys become inseparable. Despite Clint’s talent for finding trouble and his ambivalence about his future, Eric never gives up on him. Compensating for Clint’s self-destructive behavior, Eric helps Clint to deal with his demons and carve out a different path for himself through Army ROTC. Just when it looks like the two boys are about to step out into a bright new future, a drunken brawl in a bar changes everything, including their relationship. The fires of turmoil spark something new between the men and their passion threatens to consume them both. Is Clint strong enough to protect the one he loves from the darkness and violence of his life? Is he mature enough to put Eric’s needs first, the way that Eric did for him for so many years? Will Eric trust Clint to be the man he needs when it counts the most? Somehow they must find a way to forge a love that won’t be broken by the test of time, separation or violence. When friends turn into lovers, lovers turn into enemies, and family turns deadly, how do you hold on to the love that matters most? Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 50,000 words in length. HFN (happy for now ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger.” Edition Notes: This is an early work, originally published as a series of short stories back in Summer 2015, then later revised & expanded as a novel in late 2015. This second edition has been re-edited, leaving the core story intact but fixing some small issues specifically pointed out by readers (such as POV issues) & grammatical issues previously missed.

 

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More Than Friends 2 (Eric & Clint #2)

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Life doesn’t stop after happily ever after. Jason “Clint” McClintock and Eric Look have overcome the impossible and done the impossible, turning a bond stronger than brotherhood into a blazing hot romance and surviving some of life’s cruelest lessons. Now, they will discover how strong their love truly is and how deep it can be.

Eric has promised never to leave Clint— a promise he never intends to break. But when standing by his man means giving up the opportunity of a lifetime, will he be able to make good on his words? The reappearance of an old friend and a once in a lifetime shot at achieving his dreams may be too much to resist. Is their love strong enough to weather the storm?

Clint has what he never thought he could: a peaceful life and somebody who loves him. He has built his world around Eric and is determined not to let anything or anyone jeopardize what he has fought so hard to possess. When a mysterious woman shows up on his doorstep, he is reluctant to involve himself in her affairs; the secrets she carries may be the keys to both his future and his past. The only question is whether or not Clint is ready to face the truth and get the answers he needs.

With the shadow of tragedy hanging over their heads, their love will be tested like never before. Clint and Eric must discover how far the bonds of love, friendship, trust, and forgiveness can stretch if they hope to keep their love alive.

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Approx. 50,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”. It is recommended to have read “More Than Friends : The Complete First Story” prior to reading this book.

MY REVIEW: This is one of my favorite fictional couples, and I read a LOT. So to get more time with them was great. It was not as good as the first installment of their story, but I’m trying to only judge this book on its own.
For some reason, this still needs a ridiculous amount of editing or proofing. And instead of just one skeezy character you feel coated in slime after reading about, there’s multiple. I will admit, I did not see the twist coming with Fernando at the end, which is rare and very nice. And I think Clint was able to show how much he’d grown and matured. We didn’t get to see Eric the way Clint did this time and that made a difference.
Overall, when you can overlook all of the switching into first person and back again, sometimes even in the same sentence, it’s a good story. But you won’t receive the best from this unless you know the first part of their story.

 

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