Avenging Des (Rough Edges Book 4) by Matthew Dante

Avenging Des is the fourth book in the series and each makes the characters more familiar.  Das and Cillian are childhood friends and watch out for each other but as they get older Cillian leaves Ireland and moves to the US.  When Das gets in more trouble than he can handle he turns to Cillian.  The previous characters reappearance adds a lot to the story.

From the blurb:

Des (The Destroyer)

29, strong-willed, on the run from a gangster who wants me dead. Oh yeah, and I’m secretly in love with my best friend.

Love. What a pain. Why is it that some people are blessed with all the good looks and charisma, while the rest of us mere mortals must work hard to even be noticed? Take my best friend Cillian, for example. The guy is a walking wet dream and has a personality that can charm the pants off a cobra. Is it any wonder I’ve secretly had feelings for the guy since we were kids? What can I say? He’s always been there for me. My guardian, my protector… and the one place I’ve always felt safe. That’s what I need right now. A place where I can hide and figure out what to do about the man who wants me dead.

Cillian Fitzpatrick

29, Irish, professional barback… well, as professional as you can get. It’s not like you need a certificate or anything. Oh yeah, and apparently, I’m a so-called manwhore.

All right, I get it. I’m a good-looking guy, and I enjoy the company of women… lots of women. Okay, perhaps a few too many women. But it’s just because I haven’t found the right one – that special someone you can’t bear to be without. You know, that one person you would battle a thousand demons to protect. Kind of like the way I feel about my best friend, Des. He and I have been through a lot together. There are no lengths I wouldn’t go to keep my buddy safe. So naturally, when I discover that some guy is trying to kill him, I take matters into my own hands… with the help of my crew, of course.

This is a MM thriller/dark romance filled with plenty of heat, steam, violence, and mayhem.

Reedkaye's Review:

Avenging Des is the fourth book in the series and each book draws me in deeper.  Des and Cillian grew up together and looked after each other until Cillian left Ireland and went to the US.  It’s been a few years since they were together but when Des gets in trouble he can’t handle, he turns to Cillian.  Des is gay and has been in love with Cillian since they were kids but Cillian is straight and a playboy.  Des has tried to face the fact that the relationship between them will always be just friends.  Until they are together again and Cillian is forced to make choices.  

When Des has to explain what he did to cause him to be in danger, everything changes.  The “family” gets together and plan on what to do to protect Des.

I enjoyed the characters from previous books having major parts in the story.  From the first book with Mickey, I feel like watching the lifeline of these characters and each story just adds to knowing the characters better.  Again, the scene of Patrick being tied to the bed made me laugh and the way the author makes this group into a “family” warms my heart.  I am really enjoying this series 

Rating: 5 Stars

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