Catalyst (Chain Reaction Book 1) by Aurora Crane

Why am I so late to this incredible story?!? - Angel read Aurora Crane's Catalyst.

From the blurb:

Detective Quinn Hughes doesn’t have many regrets in life, but Sebastian Devlin is the biggest. As a cop and a defence lawyer, the deck was stacked against them to start with, but Quinn was the one who left a burning inferno behind him. Missing his chance with ex-Special Forces Commando Peyton Sinclair is a close second on his regrets list, but Quinn isn’t going to ruin the happiness Peyton has found with
fellow police officer Will McMahon for anything—not even a chance at his own happiness.

Best friends Will McMahon and Peyton Sinclair have been hooking up for years, content with their arrangement and the comfort they get from it. When Sebastian—the hot lawyer they picked up at the club the night before—stumbles over a dead body in their kitchen on his way out, calling Quinn is instinctive for them. Years of unacknowledged tension between Peyton and Quinn is a sore point, but Peyton trusts that Quinn will figure out the mess they’ve landed in.

While Quinn tries to find answers, Peyton and Will quickly find themselves tangled in the tension between Quinn and Sebastian. They’re hoping Quinn can move fast—before one of them becomes the next dead body—but the situation becomes even more complicated when another explosive night proves that Peyton and Will aren’t done with either Quinn or Sebastian, just as much as the two aren’t done with each other.

Between the mind-blowing night Sebastian spent with Peyton and Will, and the fact that every time he turns around it’s either Quinn or the barrel of a gun waiting for him, Sebastian has never had more regrets. If he can survive long enough to get some answers, maybe the four of them together are going to be the catalyst for a future that’s more wildly different than anything they’d ever imagined.

Catalyst is an 88,000-word MMMM romance that ends in a HFN. It is Book 1 in an ongoing series following the same four men and their relationship. It contains adult situations, gun use, references to murder and drug usage, suspense themes and a character with PTSD

Angel's Review:

I have had my eye on this story for quite some time but was unable to purchase it, thankfully someone sent it to me! And I am so very happy I was able to read this incredible story, I was surprised by how much I fell in love with these adorable, amusing, and slightly infuriating characters. 

Will and Peyton are best friends, and they have had a friends with benefits situation going on between them for years. But all Peyton wants, or what he thinks he wants, is for Quinn to want him back. Little does he know that his feelings are very much reciprocated, but due to an assumption he's not going to act on them. Then Sebastian enters the picture as a one night stand, that turns into more than just a hookup. But while all the men are trying to figure out what they mean to each other, and how they're going to work together, there's someone out there who's trying to harm Sebastian. As the threats escalate will these men be alive long enough to figure out what they feel for one another? 

I.. almost have no words, which isn't really conducive when it comes to writing a review. But I'm sure I'll find some words to describe this impeccable book!

Firstly the plot! *Chef's kiss* The plot line was done so well, the mystery kept building and kept getting more interesting instead of feeling out of place, or rushed. The more things that happened to these men the more it made you try to guess what was going to occur next, but Aurora wrote it in a way that leaves you guessing and eager for more. 

Now.. the characters!! Fantastic! That about sums it up, these characters were truly incredible. Each one has their own personality, and each one adds something different to the overall story. Quinn is the level-headed one, Sebastian is the serious and aloof one, Peyton is the tactical and playful one, and Will is the loveable goofball. These men at first glance, or rather, first introduction, might not all work together, but they do! Even with these men getting thrust into a case they weren't prepared for, they still try to make their new fledgling relationship work. Will was definitely my favorite character, when he gets drunk had me laughing out loud.

I'm so excited for the next book, and I'm really happy to be able to get more of these characters stories.

Rating: 5 Stars

Catalyst is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.