Joker, what a misnomer, but Jackson Webb’s friends were idiots. He’d joined Executioners almost three years earlier after the lead singer King caught him playing his guitar behind his garage. It broke up the monotony of his life, but once he got bored, he’d move on to another distraction. He wasn’t nice. He sure as hell wasn’t friendly. He was what he was, his friends handled his attitude and standoffish nature just fine. At thirty-eight he was pretty sure he was too stuck in his ways to change shit now.
Demetri “Dem” Urban was settling into a new life in the middle of nowhere. Okay, he was hiding from everyone in a kitchen as far removed from his five-star kitchen back in New York as he could get. Gideon invited him to stay with him and his wife for a while just until he could get everything back on track. He didn’t see it happening, but he had to admit the scenery wasn’t bad even if the man had the personality of a rabid, man-eating bear. Dem did like a challenge and that fit Joker Webb perfectly.
Author’s Note: This story contains scenes of a violent nature, mentions of rape and torture (All off page from characters pasts) and severe abuse. If you, as a reader, find this objectionable or triggering in any way, you can skip this story without losing the transition to the next book.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the second book in the Executioners series and we finally get Joker’s story. I’ve been waiting for this one as I have a huge soft spot for this hard, closed-off and downright scary guy. To give Jackson Webb the nickname ‘Joker’ is the best example of an oxymoron as I’ve ever come across. Joker isn’t nice, he has a ton of attitude and prefers it if people left him alone – and whatever you do, definitely don’t touch him. At thirty eight years old, he sees no reason to change his demeanour to suit anyone else and he’s quite content to live a solitary life – apart from his 3lb dog, Killer, who has as much attitude as his owner, and really is his canine equivalent. Demitri “Dem” Urban has come to find solace in Powers, Georgia working at Heidi’s Diner, so far removed from his stressful and demanding job he had in New York and he has his own on-going problems that are affecting his health and his mobility. Dem has a goal in mind though, and that is to get his man. Thing is, Joker doesn’t want to be caught. We find out just how deep his mental scars are and why he has no interest in becoming anyone’s man. What comes to light about Joker’s past really hurt my heart and if anyone deserved to find some happiness, it was this guy. Dem attempts to break the walls that Joker has set in place and we start to see some hope…. also, there’s someone from the past turning up and turning everything on its head. I loved all the supporting characters, the twins, Sin and Saint from the Executioners were a hoot and they are going to be so much trouble for Sherriff Camden Pelter, who’s the rock-solid friend we all want in our lives. What runs through this book and the author’s other series’, Brawlers and Twirled World Ink, is the camaraderie and brotherhood; they’re all like family and will do anything for each other and it makes my heart smile. There aren’t that many reads where I feel like sobbing one minute and then the next I’m choking back laughter from the wicked one-liners. Jami Dabney has such a gift for storytelling and I just adore reading about her Crews and I hope we have many, many more stories to come because I’m hooked. I love this world!
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
J.M. Dabney is a multi-genre author who writes mainly LGBT romance and fiction. She lives with a constant diverse cast of characters in her head. No matter their size, shape, race, etc. she lives for one purpose alone, and that’s to make sure she does them justice and give them the happily ever after they deserve. J.M. is dysfunction at its finest and she makes sure her characters are a beautiful kaleidoscope of crazy. There is nothing more she wants from telling her stories than to show that no matter the package the characters come in or the damage their pasts have done, that love is love. That normal is never normal and sometimes the so-called broken can still be amazing.
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