Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock (5 Stars)

The action and intrigue continue in the lives of Henry and Mac.

Henry and Mac’s ongoing escapades from the first two stories are brought full circle, and the investigation of Mac kicks it up a notch. The evidence is piling up against Mac, forcing him to hide out at his parents along with Henry and another guest.

This story definitely had a more somber tone than the first two. I always struggle when one person is afraid of falling in love because they don’t want to take a chance on getting hurt. However, I was definitely sold on this reason for Henry. We were living in his head while he went through the painful reasons behind his feelings. The upside to understanding his battle so deeply is that the win is so much more enjoyable.

All of the loose ends around the murders and the investigation into Mac are wrapped up in an exciting and satisfying ending. I really liked Mac’s family, and the time spent at their home helped with some of the character development. We also got some very steamy scenes.

The only thing that didn’t work for me was getting inside the head of a third character. I didn’t like the character’s voice, found it to be distracting, and felt it took time away from Henry and Mac.

The two authors worked seamlessly together in this entire series. Although there was a solid happy ending for the couple, the end of the story left an opening for future adventures with Henry and Mac.

The perfect conclusion to this amazing series with Henry and Mac finally accepting their love for each other.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

BLURB

Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

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