Thursday, February 7, 2019

Release Day Review: Gage (The Redemption Series #2) by JJ Harper (Series Review+Excerpts+Teasers)

Gage (The Redemption series #2)

Gage is happy, happier than he thought possible. He has Wolff Mannheim, the man he has always loved, even when he hated him, back by his side and in his bed. He is confident that their relationship can only grow stronger as they continue to rediscover each other.

When a letter appears after twelve years of silence from the family that disowned him and cast him out, he has Wolff to lean on. The contents of the letter have left Gage reeling but also have him reuniting with his estranged sister. When the shocks keep coming, it forces Gage back to his family home—a place he never thought he would return to. At least, this time, he has Wolff by his side as well as his sister.

As Gage faces the man who threw him carelessly away, he proves himself to be the better man, a stronger man, than the one forced away so many years earlier. With all his demons put to rest, can Gage live his life with his one true love?

This is book two in the Redemption Series and follows on immediately from Wolff, book #1.

While it can be read as a standalone, it’s best enjoyed reading in order. Contains some very steamy man-on-man loving and is advised for 18+ only.

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“Thanks.” I reach up to take the glass of wine from Banner.

“I think it’s safe to say this has been an unexpected weekend.” Banner leans back on his sofa, bringing his feet up to rest on the large, cluttered, square wooden coffee table.

I let out a dry chuckle and take a sip of the ruby-red wine. “You could say that. I sure wasn’t expecting this.”

“But it’s good, right? Does he mind that you don’t bottom? He looks all toppy and everything.” He grins. Then his mouth drops open in surprise. “You let him? Fuck, Gage, this is huge.”

“It felt fucking huge. I’ll tell you that.” I can’t help the bubble of laughter bursting out.

“That’s not what I meant, and you know it. Why though? Did he insist?”

“Don’t be stupid, Banner. I’m not going to go into it. All I say is I wanted to. It felt right. It also felt amazing, but that’s all you’re getting from me. Now, let’s talk about you and that delicious man you found. He’s very like―” My sentence gets cut short.

“Don’t say it. He’s nothing like him.” Banner’s eyes narrow as he snaps at me.

“Fine. I won’t say it. He seems a good guy. Are you going to see him again, or is it another cute guy you unnecessarily push away?”

“Don’t start, Gage. And yes, we do plan to get together again. We’re going for dinner on Wednesday.”

“That’s good. I’m glad to here it. You deserve a good guy, Banner.”

“I know. I’m such a catch! Jasper is a really nice guy, and he’s hot as fuck in bed. I want to keep seeing him. There you go. That’s my weekend documented. Where are you two going now? Is work going to be a problem?”

“Work will be fine. We don’t work directly together. He doesn’t have to answer to me, and I’m caught up with a lot more of the company as a whole, now I’m a partner. We don’t have a non-frat policy. Can’t really, not with Alexander and Dorian being together.” I can’t keep the grin off my face. “I’m really fucking happy.” I laugh.

Our Chinese takeaway arrives, and we move on to more mundane conversations and trash TV bingeing until it’s time for me to get home.

“I’ll call you tomorrow.” I grab my coat and open the door. The cab driver has beeped once I’m giving him the opportunity to bump up the fare because he’s pissed off with me.

When I’m in the cab, I check my phone and see that Wolff has messaged me earlier. I’m not going to be guy who spends all night on his phone ignoring his company.

Wolff: I hate you. My bed smells of you.

I smile and tap off a reply.

Me: No, you don’t. You love me and have been wrapped around my pillow! 😉

Wolff: I’m not answering that.

He’s quick to reply, making me smile. He must have his phone close by.

Wolff: Are you still at Banner’s?

Me: No, I’m in a cab. I’m ready to get to my bed.

Me: Someone tired me out this afternoon.

Wolff: You didn’t complain. Call me when you get home.

Me: True, I don’t think I ever will. Okay, I’ll be back in ten.


WolffDamn! I wish I’d kept the other envelope now, I think as I wait for Banner to answer.

“Hi, Wolffie, how’s going? Has Gage dumped you already?” He laughs. Is this guy ever miserable?

“Hello, Banner, please don’t call me Wolffie, again, ever. And no, Gage is still deliciously in love with me.” I look at my boyfriend, who rolls his eyes at me but doesn’t deny it. “Can you come over to Gage’s this evening. Something has come up.”

“Is Gage okay?”

I can hear his concern. “Yes, he’s fine. So, will you?”

“Sure, I can be with you by seven.”

“We’ll see you then.”

I look back at Gage and smile. “He’ll be with us later. Are you ready?”

“Yep, let’s go.” He turns to Megan. “See you later.”

I hold out my hand for his, and we walk out together to the Underground. “This isn’t how I had tonight planned out.” Gage sighs.

“Nor me, but they won’t stay all night, and then we can get back to our plans. I promise to make you come at least three times tonight,” I whisper as he presses against me in the train carriage as we get bumped and jostled for the next ten minutes.

“Maybe we should tell them to come over tomorrow and start as soon as we get indoors.” He sighs against me.

“Baby, your first orgasm will be in the shower as soon as we get inside.” I growl in his ear.

“Fuck, yes, please.”


3.5 Stars

Wolff is book 1 in the Redemption series and I suggest, if possible, to have Gage (book 2) already in hand, so you can read them back to back, it does make for a better experience since Gage starts immediately where Wolff ends. Also, this review contains spoilers, so you're warned.

Wolff did a very bad thing to Gage twelve years before when they were still seniors in high school, and he repressed the memories until he found out they were going to be working together in the firm that just hired Wolff. Gage isn't willing to forgive Wolff for what he did, but he decides to be the bigger man and work with Wolff.

Okay, this is a novella, so you know things are going to go quickly. While we get the full story of what Wolff did to Gage, we get it in chunks, which made it less impactful, in my opinion. Still, I can see why Gage reacted the way he did and I was mad at Wolff for being so flippant at first, until he finally put himself in Gage's shoes. I don't really think he made enough amends for Gage to forgive him, but again, this being a novella it made sense Ms. Harper decided not to dwell on it endlessly and moved things along. What I wasn't all that happy about was how fast they declared they loved each other and how quick Gage decided to trust Wolff again, especially after how bad things were for Gage after what Wolff did when they were younger. Yes, he was a dumb teenager, but he knew what he was doing. /rant

Despite my feelings about this, it was undeniable that Gage and Wolff had amazing chemistry and it was nice seeing them together as a couple for longer than 5 minutes.

Even if the first part was kind of heartbreaking and I wasn't all happy about how fast they got back together, the story was engaging and I liked that Wolff made an effort to be there for Gage when he needed it.


*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***


4.25 Stars!

Gage is book 2 in the Redemption series and it needs to be read in order after Wolff. Seriously, don't even try to read it on its own or you'll be lost.

Okay, so I can't believe I'm going to say this, especially with as not happy with Wolff as I was in book one, but he won me over in this book. He was very supportive and showed Gage that he was there for him however he needed.

I seriously hadn't seen anything of what happened with Gage's family in this installment coming and I loved how it showcased how far Gage and Wolff had come and how strong their relationship was. They brought the best in each other and it was nice to see.

I loved Banner, he was an amazing friend and I'd love to see more of him and Jasper. I really didn't like Theo, though, so if I don't see him again, it'll be too soon. LOL

Anyway, I really liked Gage and I think reading it one after the other really added to my enjoyment, it was a somewhat bumpy ride, but it had a great ending and I hope this isn't the last we're seeing of these characters. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

🌹 J J H ARP E R 🌹 

You will normally find her in the living room—typing away—with her dog, Maud. As a hopeless romantic, JJ dives into her stories, always falling in love with her men, making sure they get the happy ever after they deserves, even if they do have to work hard for it.

As a bona fide bookaholic, coffee-addicted, wine-drinking and swear-like-a-sailor type of girl, she has yet to work out how to act her age!! LOL. And she has no intentions of growing up or growing old gracefully.

JJ lives in a small, very quiet, village in Lincolnshire, UK, with her husband and dog, and spends all day dreaming up stories full of really hot men.

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Book links
Reunion: The Complete Story
Troy – Into the Light
Troy – Out of the Dark
Narrow Margins
Denver’s Calling
Here Without You
Reckless Behavior
Square One

Wolff (The Redemption Series 1)
Gage (The Redemption Series 2)

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