Review: “Troy Out of the Dark” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Troy Out of the Dark
SERIES: Troy Duology
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 211 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23 February, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 –e-book / $10.99 paperback


Rafferty ‘Raff’ McMahon—beaten, broken and cast out of his home at eighteen—turns to his aged aunt who helps him become a new man with a new name. Ten years later, a successful photographer with an edge to his work everyone seems to want, a call that will set his life on a roller coaster ride comes through. Troy Ballantyne, CEO of De’ath of You Enterprises, wants to meet him. Mesmerized by the voice coming down the line, Raff immediately agrees to the meeting.

He sets about researching, not the company but the man himself; captivated by Troy’s images, Raff is excited to meet the man behind the sexy drawl.

When Troy sets up a meeting with up-and-coming photographer Rafferty McMahon the last thing he expects is to be drawn to him. A connection he has already experienced once before, his heart beats a little faster. Is this for real?

The feeling of ownership overwhelms Troy and as much as he wants to stay locked away with only the memories of Franco, he can’t fight his feelings for this handsome man.

Is this the man Franco told Troy was waiting for him? Is he going to be the great love of his life? Will both Raff and Troy be allowed to be with their one true love, or is there someone out there ready to tear them apart?

I am so addicted to this author. She has a way of sucking you in and not letting you go. My heart is so invested in all of her books which is a long series of different characters throughout. If you have not read Troy Into the Light, I highly recommend you read that before this one. It gives you the insight of Troy and Franco and how it all plays out for this book. I will try not to give spoilers for those of you who have not read the first book, but I cannot make any promises. So, be warned.

I was worried about Troy loving another, but Raff is such a powerful character that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. At the end of book one, Troy and Raff talk on the phone to set up an interview, and they both go nuts over each other’s voices. Raff packs up heads to his new life, at least, he hopes.

Raff has had it rough, as he was kicked out of his family home at an early age when they discovered he was gay. I mean, who can really do that to their own children? I love my children unconditionally, no matter what. They could commit murder, and I would still love them. I know, a bit extreme but I’m just saying. You don’t have to agree with what your children do, but you need to love them.

When Troy and Raff meet in person, wow, their attraction is off the charts. Troy was sure he would never find another after Franco. And Raff fits the description Franco told him about his next love before he died. Troy remembers him telling him not to waste his life and to please love again, and Troy goes for it. And, just like any relationship, they have their trials and tribulations.

There are two cemetery scenes, where you will need your tissues. So be prepared. All I have to say is Raff will win every heart out there. If you’ve read JJ for a while now, you know the characters are amazing. I learn more of them with each new book she writes and can never seem to get enough. Yet, she always seems to throw a curveball that makes my mouth drop open. That is all I can say about that without giving it away.

I want to say so much more, but I cannot accept that this is another wonderful love story and she does an incredible job at giving Franco justice. You will know what I mean if you have read any other books. Thank you, JJ for another beautiful story.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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