Title: Another Man’s Treasure
Author: J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry
Length: Novel (270 Pages)
Publisher: Crocobear Press (May 30th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Ilia Porter is Chechen mob boss Mikhail Kadyrov’s greatest treasure. After leaving home at eighteen to escape his verbally abusive father, beautiful, selfish Ilia has lived with Mikhail, proud of his ability to bring such a powerful man to his knees to worship. But when Ilia’s father, a police captain, kills Mikhail in a raid, Ilia’s world falls apart.
Entering to pick up the pieces is Mikhail’s younger brother, Nick—impulsive, power-hungry, and dangerous. When Nick tells Ilia he’s taking everything that belonged to Mikhail—including Ilia—Ilia is too lost in grief to fight. Nick holds Ilia prisoner in the apartment Ilia once shared with Mikhail and grooms him for a very important mission: to kill Ilia’s father and avenge Mikhail’s death.
Ilia wants no part in the plot, but being Nick’s ally is preferable to being Nick’s victim, so he begins to warp himself into the monster Nick wants him to be. Hope arrives when Nick takes another captive: Patrick, a shy massage therapist who’s stronger than he seems. Patrick and Ilia must join forces to escape Nick—and to keep each other whole as Nick does everything in his power to break them.
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Treasure-J-A-Rock-ebook/dp/B00KOZYCY6
Review: Wow! JA Rock and Lisa Henry have done it again. They are an amazing team who work very hard at their craft in order to give us, the readers, something fascinating and mind-blowing. Another Man’s Treasure is dark, very deep, and sometimes hard to get thru. But, I did get thru it and you will too. A psychological thriller would describe this best. This is not a romance, although there is love. There are rape scenes, but mostly off page. There is violence, yet not in detail. Being familiar with the writing style of both of these authors, I usually know what I’m getting into. I know it’s going to be hard sometimes, emotionally. I know I may have to take a break in between chapters. I know that I am going to get a very thought-provoking, mind-numbing story that will stay with me for quite some time.
As far as book covers go, there is just something about a pose tied with rope or in this case, ribbon, that just hooks me. This cover reeled me in and I knew I wanted to read this story, regardless of the plot. Of course, once I read the blurb, I was even more intrigued. The story starts off with Ilia (birth name Eli) getting the rings pierced, on his back, like the cover. I have never seen nor heard of this type of piercing so I was immediately infatuated. Once the rings were set, I had moments of cringing while visioning the ribbon being threaded and pulled tight thru piercings that were fresh and still bleeding. Ilia is in his early twenties, ran away from home when his father, a police captain, continuously snooped in his business. His mother loves him but doesn’t stand by him.
Ilia lives and is in love with an older Chechen mob boss, named Mikhail. He knows Mikhail does things that are cruel, mean and illegal. He chooses to overlook these things because it doesn’t involve him. He only concerns himself with the connection Mikhail has with him. He is cared for, provided for, loved and appreciated. Ilia is Mikhail’s greatest treasure, and he feels treasured by him. Because Mikhail gives Ilia everything he wants or needs, he seldom left their apartment he refers to as his sanctuary. One night, tragedy prevails, as the police raid their apartment and Mikhail is killed in the crossfire. Ilia is distraught, not sure how and if he can go on without Mikhail by his side.
Nick, Mikhail’s brother, has always been jealous of his older sibling, and now he wants to take control and ownership of everything his brother had, including Ilia. He is nothing like his brother, at least the side that Ilia knew, so he is struggling to understand Nick’s thoughts and actions. He is kidnapped within his own apartment. Nick is cruel and evil and he makes Ilia worship him and his needs as he did to Mikhail. It’s not long until he brings another young man, Patrick, to the apartment. Nick knows Patrick was there to give Ilia a massage under Mikhail’s guidance on an earlier occasion, so he tricks him into coming again.
At this point, going along with him seems to be the easiest way, but Patrick fights him every step. Ilia has a lot of problems he has not dealt with. His father, who is also responsible for killing Mikhail, has damaged his son, emotionally. They have not seen eye to eye for quite a while. Now with this new development, he hates him even more. Nick is evil, he does horrendous things to Patrick, and even though most of it is off page, you still know what is going on. Some scenes are narrated by Ilia as he sits outside the bedroom door and listens. Being in captivity seems harder for Ilia than it does Patrick. Maybe because Patrick tried from the very beginning to escape, whereas Ilia, just accepted his fate. Ilia is scared, who wouldn’t be in his situation, but he comes to understand that standing by Patrick instead of Nick may be the only chance they get to save themselves.
This story has many ups and downs. The boys experience many trials and tribulations but once they put their heads together, time seems to move at a faster pace for them. Ilia appears to have the most growth maybe because he was having the harder time between himself and Patrick. He had more to overcome but with the help of his parents and other sources, he finally starts to see it’s possible for him to make a new life for himself. He wants to love and be loved by someone. He doesn’t know if Patrick is that person, they may give it a go, but he needs to let go of Mikhail before he can truly heal. Even though this was not a romance story, Ilia did love Mikhail and vice versa. I wouldn’t necessarily say there was a happy ever after, but I do feel there was a happy for now.
JA Rock and Lisa Henry have written an emotional and thought-provoking story. The suspense of never really knowing what Nick was going to do, weighed on me constantly. Having said that, I admire both authors for delving into a subject matter that is hard to read, but worth the journey. If you like this type of story, I would highly recommend it. As dark as this sometimes was, the authors do an incredible job bringing the boys thru to the other side. Even though they were somewhat damaged, they were not broken. There is strength in numbers and healing has begun.