Title: Past Tense
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 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
Author: Ethan Stone
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Vegas Hustle, What's His Passion?, Racing Hearts
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: May 29, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance, Suspense
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Past Tense by Ethan Stone was a delightful read with twists and turns that kept me interested and attentive. Jason Holt was on the run from the mob when he landed in Las Vegas and sought the help of private detective Quinn Reynolds. Little did Jason know that the man he struggled to elude also had ties to Quinn. The men began an adventure of life and death while attempting to evade the inner feelings that were building for each other.
The story is not solely about being on the run, but delved into love and lost. Quinn had lost the love of his life and was not prepared for Jason to walk through his door whether as a client or love interest. Jason too had been hurt in the past by someone he loved and was not looking for more than to be safe and not have to continue to run.
The melding of these two characters and their personalities gave the story depth and sincerity, as they waded through the motions of staying safe sans the complication of emotional ties.
Mr. Stone delivered suspense and intrigue; added in a dose of paranormal and the tale quickly began to spiral into a great storyline. I do not know if Mr. Stone has plans for a continuation, but I would love to revisit this dynamic duo.
A good read as Ethan Stone conveyed strong characters, full of life and passion in their work and their familial ties.
Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a single father to an amazing and aggravating teenage son, who, thankfully puts up with my infinite weirdness. I also have a 22 year old daughter who has two boys and a baby girl on the way. Currently employed trying to figure what to do with my life.
Lori: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My friends hate this, but I like to brainstorm plots and character names. And by brainstorm I mean they throw out ideas, I reject them all and come up with my own. It helps me, but annoys them.
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
I may look like the sauve, got his shit together gay man but I’m not. I’m a total mess. Shocking, huh?
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
I’m working on Damaged, book two in the Uniformity series. Book 1, Compromised, is due in August from Total-e-Bound. It’s not a direct sequel, but focuses on characters introduced in Compromised. It’s set in a maximum security prison and features a correctional officer and a case worker who get uncover a crooked officer.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later?
My ideas come from everywhere. Everything I do, everybody I meet could be fodder for my addled brain. I don’t usually outline but I did for do one for Damaged because I’m working on a deadline.
Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
Yeah, all of them. Cristian and Colby from the Flesh series definitely have another story out there. Linc and Brady from Bartender, PI will get another story. Jay and Quinn from Past Tense will be seen again.
Gaele: Best advice you have ever been given about writing?
Don’t give up. Just write, then re-write. And re-write again.
Gaele: What do you do to relax, when you aren’t writing or thinking about it?
I love television and movies. I have a couple good friends I spend time with and we enjoy hitting garage sales, flea markets and Goodwill stories.
Rachel: If you could visit any time period and location (past or future) when and where would you go?
I’d go into the future where my life is calm and I am financially stable and in a happy, healthy relationship. That may be a mythical time.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I’ll be in Seattle in September for the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up.
Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon after 12 years in Nevada and is working on re-growing his webbed feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them. What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions.