Book Reviews

Final Admission by Sue Brown at One Hat Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 25-June-2020

Book Blurb

Scratch beneath the surface and arrogance becomes desperation. 

When Ethan Williams lands a job at an advertising agency, he realizes his coworkers aren't exaggerating about James Trenchard. He really is a dick. But after Ethan is forced to work closely with James, he realizes there's more to the lawyer than meets the eye.

Vibrant Ethan is a desperate reason to live again as James endures escalating abuse from his husband after a serious accident. He calls Ethan for help after another beating, and stolen moments soon become the norm, but they can't hide forever.

Ethan's coworkers think he got his promotion because James is sweet on him, James is still being beaten despite his family's concern, and the situation is swiftly becoming intolerable. Ethan and James need to find a way out of the cycle that's hurting them both before their brand-new love suffers as well.

First edition published by Noble Romance Publishing, December 2011.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, February 2014.


Book Review

"Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it's better to leave them broken than to hurt yourself putting it back together." - Unknown

When Ethan Williams, of ‘Final Admission’ by Sue Brown, finally gets to meet the firm’s lawyer, James Trenchard, he has to admit that his office mates were not exaggerating when they described his infamous reputation as arrogant and self-confident. James Trenchard is one of the most obnoxious men Ethan has ever met. He is also one of the most attractive. Determined not to fall for his charm, considering James’s attitude, Ethan finds it easy to reject all of James’s advances, but as he gets to know him, Ethan realizes that the face James shows to the world is not a true reflection of the man himself.

After helping his boss, Ms. Leanne Cauldwell, who, as it turns out is James’s cousin, and James out of a very sticky situation at work, Ethan wins their eternal gratitude. It changes their relationship for the better. One night, Ethan receives a frantic call from James telling him that he has been mugged and asks if Ethan will come get him and take him home. Ethan is puzzled as to why James called him, but certainly isn’t going to refuse to help. It turns out that Leanne is out of town. When Ethan arrives, he realizes how badly James is hurt and he insists upon taking him to the hospital instead. The staff aren’t surprised to see him there. Apparently, James is “accident prone” and is a frequent visitor at the ER, causing Ethan to be even more concerned about James. James tells them that Ethan is his cousin, so the hospital staff asks Ethan to fill in James’s paperwork which he can’t do because he doesn’t know enough about James. He borrows his phone and calls Ms. Caldwell. She knows that Ethan is suspicious but insists that it is James’s story to tell. She does tell him that it is the fourth time he has been mugged in the last five months, leaving Ethan with more questions than answers, but he is determined to find out what is going on.

James asks Ethan to take him home, Ethan hesitates when he finds out that James’s husband is away. Feeling that James doesn’t need to be alone, Ethan makes a “command decision” to take him to his apartment instead. James is furious when he finds out that James called Leanne, especially when he realizes how many times he has been injured in such a short time. When Ethan presses him on it, he tells Ethan that it is none of his business. Not to be deterred, Ethan points out that if he had been mugged, he would not still have his phone and wallet. Unable to deny it any longer, James admits that he is in an abusive relationship with his husband, Clay, that it has been going on for years. When Ethan suggests that James must love Clay very much, his reply is that, yes, he must.

As frustrating as it was to everyone who cared about James there was nothing that they could do if James didn't want help. He had to be the one to say when enough is enough. Thanks, Sue, for bringing light to an important issue that is serious but difficult to understand. Thankfully, you were able to help James and Ethan find a solution.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 241 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-April-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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