Book Review: Endangered Species by Onley James
Endangered Species by Onley James
Available at Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Dark romances aren’t really my jam, even though my first MM Romance audiobook was one. I didn’t know then that’s what it was called. It was intense with morally grey characters and it felt raw because of the angst. But I was hooked.
Similar thing happened to me when I started reading Onley James’ Endangered Species. I couldn’t put it down, I devoured the whole thing. I never thought I’d enjoy reading a prison romance, but hey, stranger things have happened. I have the second book downloaded and I’m ready for more of this series. The third book is what actually caught my eye, but I was like “start from book 1”.
This one is a light taboo since the MCs are stepbrothers. It is prison romance so it’s raw and intense. I think the author could have gone darker with the prison chapters of the book, but I appreciated that she totally didn’t. It was a great balance between giving us a glimpse of what it’s like behind bars, following the lines of the plot and still having enough room for romance to come out of the whole ordeal. The entire time I was reading,
I kept asking “how do you unf*ck this?”. 😂
I’d totally recommend this to readers who want to step out of their comfort zone and ready to be wow’d.
After spending his formative years in an abusive home, NICHOLAS WEBSTER has made a pretty good life for himself. He has friends, a lucrative job with Elite Protection Services, and a side gig that lets him help out those escaping the same abusive home situation he left behind. But no matter how many people he helps, he can’t escape the guilt over the one person he didn’t—his step-brother, Cyrus.
CYRUS WHITAKER has spent the last twenty years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, put there by the very person he vowed to protect. On the inside, he’s made strides to better himself so he can have a future on the outside. But just when he thinks there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he receives a new cellmate—the boy who put him away all those years ago.
In trying to make things right, Webster has triggered a series of events that will ruin both their lives, or worse, end them. Somebody has framed him and sent him to a prison where they hope Cy’s need to get even will get rid of Webster for good. But they don’t know Cyrus or the bond they shared. A bond they still share. But can Webster figure out who’s doing this to them and why before Cyrus is forced to choose between hurting the one person he loves or spending his life in a cage?
ENDANGERED SPECIES is the first book in the Time Served Series and is a spin-off of the Elite Protection Services Series. It is complete at 60,000 words and contains an HEA and no cliffhangers.