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Jason 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 theJason 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?Length: 45,000 words...

Title : Past Tense
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ISBN : 9781925031157
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Number of Pages : 162 Pages
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Past Tense Reviews

  • Nic
    2019-04-28 08:06

    First let me start by saying that I did enjoy reading this book - great characters, interesting plot and a bit of twist. However it is one of those books where I loved part of it but didn't enjoy other parts of the story quite so much.The book tells the story of Jason who is desperate to escape from someone who is out to kill him. He is tired of running and approaches Quinn, a PI, for help. Quinn has personal reasons for wanting to protect Jason from the bad guy, reasons involving the death of his lover.The story is told in first person, with the telling of the tale alternating between the main characters, Quinn and Jason. It is interesting to gain insight into each characters thoughts and to understand their feelings. In this case, equal time is spent with each character's POV, with minimal overlap of events.However I did feel that there was a little too much back and forth and would have preferred more time with each character before switching. At times I also felt that I was being told what was happening in the story, a pure account, rather than losing myself in the book/experiencing it.I think this book had one of the most unique introductions to one of the main characters I have seen in a while, with Jason's first impression of Quinn - asleep with drool down his chin, uncombed and unwashed hair, unkempt beard and stained clothes! ".....he looked like life had been beating him up for a while." Over the course of the book, we see changes in Quinn from having little interest in life to returning to his old self, assisted by his feelings for Jason. We also see Jason start to think of a future, rather than running.Things are complicated with Quinn having to come to terms with his feelings for a man other than his lost lover and he has to reassure Jason that he sees him for who he is. He needs Jason to trust him. Similarly Jason needs to learn to trust Quinn after years on the run and trusting no one. I loved the characters and their backgrounds. I was hoping they would get together and overcome the bad guys. I enjoyed the first 50% immensely. But here's where my opinion of the book gets slightly divided.**Warning the below might be considered slightly spoilerish but probably not once bookshelves and more reviews are added**Things started to get a little strange (the blurb doesn't give any hint , I didn't look closely enough at the sub-genres and the Goodreads bookshelves had no reference) as the story starts to become about the supernatural - monsters, evil fairies, superpowers and the like. The change was reminiscent of the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. At this point I went from loving the book to liking the book. There are a couple of potential reasons for this. It could be because it was unexpected. It could be that as a rule I usually prefer contemporary romance. It could be because the supernatural change didn't happen until halfway through the book so when it occurred it seemed a bit more unbelievable than if the situation had been set up from the beginning. My rating for this book is therefore 3.5 stars although I believe that people looking to read a paranormal/fantasy may rate this higher.This book was supplied by the publisher, Wilde City Press, in return for an honest review.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-05-10 04:02

    A mystery story that turns into a paranormal tale about halfway through. It's told in alternating 1st person POV. The two 'voices' were not distinguishable and alternated too quickly for my taste. I didn't really feel the two guys falling in love. I preferred the first half. It got zanier and more cliched as it progressed. The monsters didn't feel grounded in known mythology and their names were fairly wacky.

  • Tina
    2019-05-23 07:04

    I must admit that I have been a fan of Ethan Stone’s for a long time. I have followed his career closely since the beginning. There is so much growth and maturity as a writer evident in his most recent effort, Past Tense. One thing has remained the same though. Ethan writes gay fiction like a gay man. A lot of gay fiction today is written by women {gasp in shock here}. Ethan’s characters rarely show a weak side. His men aren’t often romantic. They occasionally “make love”, but more often, they fuck. He is honest about anal sex being painful sometimes. There are rarely flowers and candles (unless being used in pain play), but occasionally proclamations of love.In Past Tense, Jason Holt, a man from a different place with a different real name, hires private detective Quinn Reynolds to “kill” him. Someone from his old life has found him in Las Vegas. It turns out that that someone, Nic Demos is also after Quinn Reynolds.In Jason’s former life he had experienced first love. It just happened to be the son of the head of the New York Mafia. And Jason just happened to witness said mobster murdering an undercover cop. After Jason testifies and the mob boss goes to jail and is killed , Jason’s lover’s brother promises to get revenge. This brother now also has a new name and home. He is Nic Demos and he lives in Las Vegas.Ethan Stone deals very well with the growing attraction between Quinn and Jason. During the course of the investigation it comes out that Quinn’s “soul mate”, Liam died and that Jason looks remarkably like him. This resemblance first draws Quinn to Jason, but then he gets to know him and the resemblance all but disappears in his mind. When Liam died, he left Quinn a cabin and some land which is part of a ranch owned by Liam’s family, the MacKennas. When Quinn decides it is time to take Jason away to hide at the cabin, the anticipated fireworks erupt. Jason has no family left, as Nic had killed them all years ago. Quinn has no blood family, but Liam’s family embraces him as one of their own. When Quinn shows up with a man, and one who looks so much like Liam, it makes for an interesting meal. Ethan writes every family member’s reaction thoroughly and differently. As in life, some immediately loved Jason and one in particular; Kayla, the teenaged princess hated him. I have no idea how Ethan was able to write from the perspective of a nineteen year old girl so well (**grins**), but he did. And he made me understand why she felt the way she did and almost sympathize with her.The MacKennas’ business turns out to be demon hunting. Now with Nic’s last name being Demos, I’m sure you didn’t see any of this coming. Nic’s family has long been affiliated with the dark side. To cement his power, he needs to make a sacrifice on the full moon. To further strengthen his power, he must kill an enemy. Enter Jason. He is kidnapped by one of Nic’s henchmen, Kyon, who dresses up as a BDSM dog. I know, Ethan has a very imaginative sense of humor.While hidden away in Kyon’s dungeon awaiting the full-moon, in-between torture sessions, Jason discovers a strange talent. He can manipulate plants with his mind. Pretty handy because Kyon sure has a lot of plants in his dungeon.Using his skill, Jason escapes the dungeon, then the grounds. There he plows into Quinn’s father and finds out that Quinn went in to rescue him and has been grabbed in his stead. I know! So much going on, so much excitement. Kept me on the edge of my chair.Jason answers a call from Nic and offers himself in exchange for Quinn while I am screaming, “You moron, he isn’t going to trade, he’ll kill both of you!” Which he of course tries to do. Jason comes through with his plant manipulation (which we now know means he is a Terran). The MacKenna family comes through with their demon killing skills and everyone except the demons survives the battle. Turns out Quinn has a “power” of some sort, too. When they make love or fuck or whatever word you prefer, wings appear on Quinn’s chest and sprout out his back. What the hell is that about and why are we just finding out about it? I certainly hope Ethan plans to write more about these guys, because I want to see where the end up next. Nic had a brother. Whatever happened to him…Funny, adventurous, secret pasts, weird super-powers, manly men, bitchy little girls. Past Tense has it all. It is a fun thrill ride and I want to get in line to go on it again. Ethan, please, please, can I have another ride? Highly recommend this one!

  • Yvonne
    2019-04-27 07:59

    Reviewed onHearts on Fire3.5 StarsI needed some time to reflect on this one as I had to adjust to the story arc changes that occur mid story. Right off the bat I’m hit with the kind of writing style that I sometimes find jarring; the alternating point of view between the two main characters. There’s a definite advantage to getting both sides of the story so to speak, but I prefer longer transitions between each voice. But once I adjusted to the rhythm of the story it became less bothersome. The story does grab you. Jason Holt is tired of hiding from someone who has a personal vendetta against him and decides to take charge of his life again by hiring a private investigator named Quinn Reynolds.What becomes immediately clear is that Quinn, while agreeing to help Jason, has his own agenda. He’s startled by Jason’s resemblance to a former lover and has some other secrets that he’s keeping that makes him particularly interested in Jason’s dilemma. But he’s also unsettled by his growing attraction to him. Both Jason & Quinn wrestle with this idea throughout the book on whether this reflects real feelings or just a desire for love.I liked this part of the story especially as we learn more about Jason’s background. The tension is ratcheted up when one of the bad guy’s henchmen comes after Jason. He’s that perfect type of villain both colorful and sadistic enough to keep the suspense going.Then the story takes a left turn around the halfway point. This is a possible spoiler, although I think it’s probably something the reader would like to know before getting this book.This book turns from a tense suspense thriller to a paranormal book complete with monsters and demons and special powers.. I admit I was disappointed in this even though I like many paranormal novels. But I was attached to the original storyline involving friends turning to enemies, revenge ,retribution and second chances at love. It seemed perfectly set up for a meaningful confrontation. But by the end it fizzled down to something more impersonal like fighting the evil monster because they’re evil and while OK, that’s a whole lot less interesting, at least to me.But then the author throws in something like giving Jason some cool abilities and I’m back on board again. Jason & Quinn are good together with an obvious physical attraction but I felt I missed the part where they fell in love. I think the author didn’t really show that enough. I liked the original mystery but didn’t care for the final climactic denouement. It’s a mixed bag for me with enough positives in it that I do see the potential for this to be a good paranormal series.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-05-18 01:18

    Please leave comments about Kiwi's 4 sweet pea review at Oh my! This was a very strange book. It starts off one way and you think it’s a just a story about a man running from thugs who want him dead. There is that, but it’s more. You’re reading expecting one thing and it turns out to be something else. The paranormal element takes you completely by surprise. It wasn’t mentioned in the blurb; you never would have guessed it. I liked that. A demon hunting family, I didn’t see that one coming. This book tells us about Jason who is on the run from his ex-boyfriend’s brother who happens to be the head of a mob crime family that dabbles in the dark arts. Following me so far? Jason hires Quinn, a P.I. who he wants to help him fake his own death so the mob enforcers will stop hunting him. Jason has been hunted by this man for years, since they were teenagers. The story behind Jason being hunted is really quite interesting. Okay, now catch these T’s: Jason’s tormenter is his former friend from childhood. These men were friends as children. It was Jason, Nic and Adrian (Jason’s childhood friend/boyfriend). Nic and Adrian are brothers and Jason witnessed Nic and Adrian’s father (the head of a crime family) murder a man who just happened to be an undercover cop. Jason told his own father who went to the police. Jason testified against Nic and Adrian’s father, and Jason and his family were placed in witness protection. Well, Nic and Adrian’s father was killed in prison. Of course, Nic blamed Jason. You know, it’s unclear what happens to Adrian, the writer doesn’t make it clear what happened to him. Well, anyway, it’s Nic that hunting him. Oh, and I must point out there is a man in a leather dog costume thrown in the mix. As quiet as it was kept, that to me was the WEIRDEST thing about this story. Well…not so weird now that I think about it. This story takes place in Vegas after all. What happens in Vegas and all that, right? The events that unfold during the story will have you shaking your head, and thinking, “Wow, I did NOT see that coming.” I liked this story; the paranormal element was a pleasant surprise that kept the story from being boring. There wasn’t a lot of sex written into the book, but that’s okay, the other events kept it flowing along nicely. It’s like a plain red velvet cupcake with a decadent butter cream filling that you weren’t expecting inside. I loved it and would recommend it to all. I do hope that there is a follow up to this story. I would love to see more of Jason and Quinn; see how they turn out and know what happened to Adrian.

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2019-05-04 02:15

    4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsJason has been on the run for years, ever since he lost everything that ever meant anything to him. Having settled in Las Vegas for the last couple of months he is surprised to learn that the very man (Damos) who wants him dead is in Vegas under another name, but Jason is sick of running and decides that his running days are over. Quinn is a private detective who lost his lover the year before, now he hides from life taking pleasure in being a thorn in the side of the man responsible for his lover’s death. Quinn takes Jason’s case with no clear plans on what to do, but Damos forces them to act.Paranormal meets private investigator and crime boss, a great combination that gives us an interesting story. Quinn is still not over the loss of his lover, Liam, so when his spitting image walks through his door he knows that whatever the case is he will take it. Jason just wants a peaceful life without having to look over his shoulder, he will do anything to have a fresh start, but he makes new discoveries when Quinn takes him to the ranch. Quinn and Jason both have to discover just what it is they want from each other as they grow closer, they face dangers untold when someone betrays them but getting to the bottom of what they feel for each other is nearly as difficult.I really enjoyed this story and as usual because I rarely read the blurbs or the genre assigned (what can I say, I love surprises) I got the delightful twist halfway through the book that added a dark thrill to the main storyline. The story is wonderfully written with the unsureness of both MC’s feelings, does Jason really want Quinn or does he want him because he feels he has to? With Quinn we have to wonder if he really and truly wants Jason for himself or because he looks so much like Liam? Both these questions are answered quite plainly late on and thankfully Quinn is much more sensible than Jason, he makes Jason wait before giving in to sex (hot passionate sex). The paranormal twist is great, I really enjoyed discovering, along with Jason, the paranormal world and the evil that hides there. The way that the storyline twists the crime boss and the paranormal world together was really well done and the way that surprises came out was good. I can’t help but want more from Quinn and Jason now that everything has been revealed, imagine the cases they could work together. I have to recommend this to those that love difficult beginnings, finding new love, paranormal twists, hot sex, great characters and a great storyline.

  • Tj
    2019-04-23 03:02

    This had a bit of a feel of two separate story lines, one intense crime thriller and the other paranormal. The beginning seems more crime thriller but it does hint that there will be a paranormal aspect to it. The crime thriller is a very interesting plot. In some ways I think it would have stood very well on its own with no paranormal aspect to it. To see how Jason confronts his former friend would have made a very interesting ending. The paranormal changed up the story a lot. It made it more about fighting evil or “monsters” instead of just humans. I admit I have seen plenty of paranormal stories and would have enjoyed the thriller more but this was still a very well written and good read. Jason and Quinn were interesting characters. Jason didn’t make much sense to me. Quinn I could get. He is a romantic but he was saved by his first love and taken in by that man’s family. Though Quinn lost Liam he had the set up for the perfect love. Jason, Adian betrayed him in the end or at least we are lead to believe he has. What I don’t understand is Jason from all appearances had a loving home. His parents were wonderful examples. Yes, he had them taken tragically and had to do things to survive but I just don’t see how he would have totally thrown that out. Also if changing his name and identity didn’t work before I’m not sure how he thought it would work this time either. On top of that the plan is quickly thrown out and never really discussed again. These are some plot points I don’t quite understand.

  • Trisie
    2019-05-02 06:08

    I really enjoyed this book, it wasn't a sweet or especially romantic story in the typical way but the feeling was still there and I found myself hooked on the very first page. I could do without supernatural bits but I didn't mind them in the end. I appreciated it wasn't love at the first sight kind of a story, though there was some attraction from the beginning for sure. Despite painful past of both characters (view spoiler)[(Quinn losing his lover and Jay his family) (hide spoiler)] they were strong-willed enough to keep living without their pasts haunting them too much, so a hurt/comfort aspect of their relationship wasn't so strong. It managed to keep my interest till the end and to be honest I'm not exactly sure if it was because I was waiting for them having sex, the book itself or because I was curious about how much nuttier it could get on the another page. I guess this part of the book may say it all: "There's a naked man running down the street," she cried into the phone. "I'm calling the police," she told me as I ran by. "Good!" I yelled. "Be ready to call again when you see the giant leather dog following me."

  • Jen
    2019-04-24 04:01

    When I bought this, I didn't look closely at the categories it was assigned to. So, the sudden appearance of fantastical creatures, and paranormal activities, totally threw me off. I wasn't expecting and it felt really just thrown in all of a sudden. I actually set this aside and forgot about it until I came back to Goodreads and saw it still sitting there and then finished it. I really think the paranormal aspect should have been introduced a bit earlier, even if it was just a touch. Because having it come totally out of the blue like "oh, did I forget to mention we're also evil monster fighters?" had me thinking "you're kidding, right??" Almost like the author started the story and then suddenly decided to make it paranormal.

  • Suze
    2019-05-20 01:11

    I enjoyed this story. It starts off as a PI protecting his client from an old enemy who wants him dead. I enjoyed the action sequences, Jason seemed quite resourceful, even without Quinn.Once Quinn took Jason to Tahoe, the book moved into a supernatural creature story, with demons and demon hunters. I wasn't expecting this tirn but did like the way the story went.A fairly quick paced read, my one outstanding question was addressed in almost the last line, but not answered - not sure if there is a follow up book. A good 3.5*

  • Ian Dubaurrenfield
    2019-04-22 01:09

    There's rather a mix of genres, from Vegas noir to romantic paranormal. The paranormal elements are a bit cartoonish. There's a nice, but really rushed, romance to follow without repetitive sex scenes. All in all, a decent afternoon read. Ethan Stone is a rather reliable author, so if you're a fan you know what to expect.

  • Brandilyn
    2019-05-04 05:15


  • Bella
    2019-04-27 01:01

    The book started good but when CIA met Supernatural, all went to hell :(

  • Avril
    2019-05-12 08:16

    Well. That was...weird.

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2019-05-22 02:01

    Reviewed by: YvonneGenre: M/M ParanormalRated: 3.5 hearts Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-05-03 00:24

    3.5 stars