Trusting Tennyson, Out in Austin #3 by K.D. Ellis

Wow, what a book! Trusting Tennyson is the third book in the series, but I’d argue you could read it as a stand-alone (although the characters from the first two books do appear in this one). 

From the blurb:

Tennyson thought this would be just another undercover assignment. Catching feelings for two
traumatized men wasn't part of the plan.

When FBI Agent Liam Tennyson was embedded in the La Familia cartel, he didn't expect to meet not one but two young men whose terrified eyes haunt his dreams—and stir up feelings he thought long buried.

Asher Downs left his homophobic family behind the day he earned his high school diploma. With little more than a bus ticket to his name, he moves to Austin to meet his online boyfriend, Devon. Unfortunately for Asher, life doesn't always go according to plan.

Misha might have been born as Dimitri, but now he answers to whatever name Master gives him. Snaring another innocent young man into this life is the last thing Misha desires. But Master gets what Master wants—and Master wants a matching set of toys to play with.

When a mole in the justice department compromises Tennyson's identity—and jeopardizes his plan to rescue Misha and Asher—Tennyson is left with no choice but to go on the lamb. Can the two traumatized boys learn to trust him to keep them safe?

Reds Book Reads Review:

To start with I would warn anyone who has triggers to read the warnings, as this does cover some heavy topics and is absolutely heartbreaking at times. Misha and Asher are just so adorable and although they had a really rough time, I love how protective Asher is and how Misha is still almost innocent in a way. 

Tennyson is so great and I adore the way he looks after the two boys and is determined to do right by them. The cameos from Teddy and Shiloh are just the icing on the cake, and this book was just so phenomenal.

Rating: 5 Stars

CrazyPinkIrish's Review:

Trusting Tennyson is such a heartbreaking story that had my heartstrings constantly pulled on that I had to take a few breaks to just get through to the finish. I don't think I have ever witnessed such bravery born from such a despairing place.

I loved how both boys found a certain solitude with each other and protection from an unlikely person.

 Absolutely heart wrenching and not a soft, fluffy story, we have so much darkness to unpack but somehow our boys are able to find a light at the end.

Rating: 4 Stars

Lesetiger's Review:

Trusting Tennyson is an intense book. Misha and Asher have had really bad luck in their lives, and then they've fallen in with the wrong people. What the two experience is intense and was very emotional. I really felt for the two of them.

A small glimmer of hope appears on the horizon when Liam Tennyson shows up on a mission as an undercover agent with the human trafficking ring. But what does this mean for Misha and Asher? And no sooner are they safe than something happens that no one could have expected. 

The author has described the pain and emotions of the protagonists in a profound and haunting way. After just a few pages, I was already in Misha's personal hell. It was an emotional up and down and the time with Liam was described comprehensibly. This book captivated me from the beginning and I could not put it down.

The story was also exciting and entertaining. 

For me, it is the best book of the series, which I can absolutely recommend!

Rating: 5 Stars

Nicole's Review:

OMG. This was a conundrum. Such an intense, dark book. 

The first half of the book goes through the lives of Misha and Austin prior to their rescue, and Tennyson's infiltration of the cartel; while the second half follows their recovery and building of their relationships. I was so happy that the fact that Ten rescued Misha and Austin didn’t cause a major stumbling block for their relationship. Ten was the sweetest and most understanding daddy ever. 

This book was fairly low angst after the middle “Leaving you for your own good” drama. It was quite low on the smexy scale until the end due to the trafficking and raid plot going on. I felt like this supported the relationship development between Misha and Austin. This story progressed so well it felt very realistic to me. I loved the family interactions as well with Lynette.

Rating: 5 Stars 

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