Book Review - Shades by Jaime Reese - The Book Swain

Book Review - Shades by Jaime Reese

Title: Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Publisher: Romandeavor, Incorporated
Genre: MM Romance
Originally Published: 20 May 2018
Purchase Link: Amazon


Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.

Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.

My Review

There are many reasons why I recommend this story.

To begin with, I love the gray too. There are more...keep reading!

Second, it revived my hope that Elvis Presley may still be alive. You still doubt that I love the gray?

I don’t know if Jaime Reese was once an advocate for pre-marital sex or I just have zero patience waiting for the actual ‘someone will soon be sore’ action. Still, no one can stop me from calling the MC’s, Nico and Ian ‘horny-saints.’ Because they are. After the first time they used the lube, they can’t seem to go anywhere without bringing the slippery stuff, even if they are literally just outside the house staring at the moon.

This book is Jaime’s hottest slow-burn romance if there is such a thing.

I super really enjoyed the storyline. It reminds me a bit of Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban but with more darkness and mystery on both the main characters' past. I easily fell in love with Ian’s butt-kicking persona. And Nico? He is a self-composed surgeon-turned-waiter whose character kept on reminding me to lay back and relax while reading. 

Because this book? It’s been driving me on all edges of my bed for about seven hours. The surprisingly ‘sexy-non-naked’ interactions between the characters are amplified by the mysteries installed in the story.

Every so often the events are way too good to be true. The coincidence that involved both Nico and Ian even before they first met at the restaurant is dreamlike. But instead of rolling my eyeballs, I am amazed I am even more drawn to their connections. 

And Ian’s Island and the story behind its inhabitants is unforeseen. Man, the author absolutely loves Nikita. Just my suspicion of course but I am being reminded of many bad-ass movies and series I have seen in the past when I read this. Even Dex, Ian’s best friend and cleaner/partner in his missions represents a darling nerd with exceptional talent. Birkoff? Is that you? Ugh. Love this book so much.

And when Nico said, YES!? I can’t stop my sneer (hmmmm… toldja you’re a horny saint.) And Ian, his supposed-to-be-angel-Ian-Marks, run faster like a bullet to mark his man. That’s when the author flooded the universe with lube and sweats. And I relished every one of those moments when Nico and Ian proved again how much they love lions and tigers.

The ending, after the dives and whoops, ultimately soothed me. What a great way to conclude a story. After turning a hitman into a hopeless romantic godfather, you turned the evil, Petrov, into a scared father. And now you converted the talisman into a ring. OMJaime, your imagination is brilliant!

So, yes, yes, yes! I would recommend this book to anybody.

The third reason why? It’s an m/m romance, but I never come across the word ‘gay.’ I enjoy a book without homophobic characters.

So, yes.

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