Past Tense by Ethan Stone


PastTense_cvr_f-210x330Jason Holt was a young man when he lost everything; his family, his boyfriend, and his safety. He’s been on the run since, hiding from an evil man bent on revenge. Las Vegas was supposed to just be another pit stop in his travels but when he learns the very man he’s hiding from is in Sin City Jason decides it’s time to stop hiding.

Private detective Quinn Reynolds lost the man he loved several years ago and since then he has been hiding from life. He can’t move on and is obsessed with making the man responsible for his lover’s death pay for the crime.

When Jason comes to Quinn for help, Quinn finds a reason to move on. The dangerous situation around them quickly escalates and together they face an unimaginable evil. Can they survive the darkness and make it through to the light on the other side?

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 4

I have read several Ethan Stone books in the past so I was really excited to read this one. I love the whole P.I., good guys versus the bad guys story.

The characters were very likable. Quinn is a private investigator hired by Jason. Quinn is quiet and very secretive. Jason is funny and flirty. Total opposites, but it works. They do have one thing in common, someone they are both trying to hide from, a common enemy named Nik Demos.

I truly enjoyed the camaraderie between Quinn and Jason. Quinn is the serious one who seems like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. Jason on the other hand, was flirty and lighthearted even though his life was in danger.

I loved Quinn’s friend Parker. Who gets stuck to the bed with handcuffs? Too funny, he was great.

This book was listed under paranormal but it wasn’t until Quinn and Jason go to Quinn’s ranch that we see any paranormal element to the story. If there were any clues in the first half of the book, I missed them.

I feel as though the second half of the book was like everyone just hit the ground running with no time to take a breath. Don’t get me wrong, it was all very exciting and the story very entertaining. I just feel if we had a little more information on the whole paranormal business it would have made it less mind boggling.

All of that being said, I liked this story. I just feel some points were missing to give the readers the what, why and where of the paranormal aspect of the story.

Review: Sheri, 4

First thing I have to admit, I didn’t know this story was a paranormal until Quinn began waving his hands around preparing a spell. I did read the blurb, but didn’t see it coming. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Usually, I don’t care for a story in the first person, but having a glimpse into the two main characters thoughts made this story very compelling. ‘Past Tense’ takes you on a fast pace ride to a dangerous world full of suspense and strange, unusual monsters and demons; good vs. evil. The minute I started this supernatural romance, I was captivated by its exciting plot and charming characters. I loved Quinn’s family, and his friend Parker was a blast. Quinn was surrounded by people who loved and respected him so for him to be so unhappy and unkempt, it was a little hard to believe he had little interest in life and was so miserable. I never like to praise a bad guy, but ‘the dog’ character was so believable and frightening. I was terrified every minute Jason was alone with this man.

I do have to disagree with Lynn. I never felt that there was a second half to this book. It seemed to flow well, evenly increasing its intensity.
This story draws you in and refuses to let go. I would be interested in seeing Quinn and Jason again in their next adventure.

If you enjoy a good thrilling read this is the book for you.

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