The End Game by Lisa Marie Davis is a sweet and suspenseful romance that kept me on the edge of my seat. The End Game is full of twists and turns and plenty of romance, and once I started it, it was enough to keep this reader glued to my eReader until I finished the last word.
When Micah McQueen was fifteen he was swept off of his feet by popular senior, Peter Urban. Even though Micah and Peter were opposite in many ways, Micah is soon seduced by Peter’s boy-next-door charm, and despite a few misgivings, he falls heavily for him. Even though Micah doesn’t hide his homosexuality from others, Peter convinces him to keep their relationship on the down low. One day, Micah finds Peter in the arms of a popular girl; he is devastated and promptly breaks up with him. When Micah returns home later on, he finds his mother lying motionless in a pool of blood with Peter wielding the knife. Somehow, he manages to escape death, but he has many scars and lives with bad memories of his attack.
Thirteen years later, Micah’s fear still keeps him from becoming emotionally involved with others. The problem is Micah is very attracted to his boss, Harrison Harper. Harrison is handsome, intelligent and funny and just an all-around nice guy. This disturbs Micah because he’s very aware that Harrison is also attracted to him, and he instinctively knows that Harrison could easily worm his way past his defenses and into his heart.
When Harrison asks him out for a business dinner, Micah reluctantly agrees, but soon finds himself wrapped up in Harrison’s acceptance and willingness to take things slowly so they can one day be together. Just as Micah starts to allow himself to fall for Harrison, he finds himself suddenly stalked and terrorized by someone who is determined to get even with him, threatening his life and his newfound love.
I really loved this book. I’ve read several of Ms. Davis’s work and I’ve enjoyed all of her books. Her characters are always well-written, likeable heroes that are easy for this reader to fall for. I appreciated how much Micah grows throughout the novel. His willingness to finally trust Harrison and allow himself to fall in love was a beautiful thing to watch. He’s been so hurt and abused, it was great to see him stand on his two feet and fight for what he wanted and believed in.
Harrison is another interesting character. Since the book is written in first person, with Micah’s point of view, he’s more of a mystery than Micah is. Although, I really liked Micah and enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes, I wish I could have gotten to know Harrison a little better. But, having said that, he is truly a nice man and so good for Micah, I couldn’t help but really like him in the end.
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy some suspense with their romances. Yes, the book might be a little predictable, but between the personal growth that Micah goes through and the sweet and loving romance he finds with Harrison, The End Game was a very enjoyable read for me.
Micah McQueen’s first love affair ended in a bloodbath he only barely survived. Thirteen years later, the memories still haunt him, leading him to keep everyone at an emotional distance, so it takes him some time to warm up to the idea of getting cozy with his boss, Harrison Harper. Just when Harrison thinks he has a chance at earning Micah’s trust, Micah’s past returns with a vengeance, bringing his worst nightmares to life... but Harrison won’t give him up easily.