I really liked this!
Lucas was so good. Just such a good person who cared so much about the kids he was helping as a Child Protective Services worker. And there was more to him than just that; he also had a sense of humor, sarcasm, and confidence in himself. Jase was much more morally questionable and had done some bad things (like using his power to influence people’s thoughts in order to get them to sleep with him), although I think that was more in the past. He was also kind of intense and broody and lonely.
The build up to the romance was great. I could feel the connection between the characters. They didn’t know each other long, but it didn’t feel like instalove because we got to see them spending a lot of time together over those few days, and I could see how maybe they didn’t know every single thing about each other yet, but they knew each other.
There was a good plot that felt believable, considering the whole situation, with a nice balance of action and downtime, a bit of a thriller feel, and a good mystery with just the right amount of clues.
The book had a heavy feeling to it, which was appropriate considering the topics of healing powers and kidnapping and murder, but there was ultimately good closure to everything and a happy ending.
The audiobook narration by Charles Carr was great! Sounded natural, characters sounded different, and the voices suited the characters well.
Overall, I enjoyed everything about this—the characters, the romance, the action, the mystery, the supernatural healing elements, and the audio narration!
Anyone who likes m/m romance, healing abilities, and somewhat heavy stories with happy endings.
Seven years ago, Jase awoke with the mystical power to heal people—and no memory of his past. The only clue to his identity is the number forty tattooed on his arm. Driven by a mission he doesn’t understand, Jase follows his visions to those he’s meant to save. He is convinced that the fortieth person he’s drawn to—a little girl named Macy Pearl—is the key to finally learning the truth…
Social worker Lucas Jacobson has made a promise to protect Macy, orphaned when her parents were brutally murdered. So when Jase shows up in Naples claiming he’s there to heal the child, Lucas is wary, despite his attraction to the enigmatic stranger.
Then Macy is abducted, and Lucas has no choice but to trust in Jase. Scouring the city from its glitzy resorts to its seedy underbelly only deepens the mystery—and draws the two men closer. But Jase is certain of one thing: if Macy dies, a dark fate awaits them all.