“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen
When I read City Knight (City Knight #1) by T.A. Webb, I didn’t know it was the first in a series. I didn’t read the blurb. I know enough about his work that I was sure I would like it. Then it ended. I wanted to strangle someone for leaving me hanging like that. Then I read the blurb and learned an important fact. Mr. Webb himself points out very clearly in the blurbs for the first two stories that they WILL have hot sex (and they do!), but they WON’T necessarily have your desperately desired HEA. Lesson learned. Always. Read. The. Blurb.
Marcus and Ben both work the streets of Atlanta. In very different ways. In the first story, City Knight, the two men meet. Benjamin, a young man kicked out of his parents’ home when he came out, is forced to work the streets to pay for college and a roof over his head. Ben meets Marcus, a retired cop who lost his lover violently and has decided to never care again. They have both been the victims of horrible violence.
In Knightmare (City Knight #2), Marcus and Ben feel an attraction to one another despite the differences in their ages, careers and level of acceptance of bossy lovers. Ben is the victim of a terrible crime. Although still fighting his strong attraction to Ben, Marcus calls out everyone in his arsenal of friends to help find Ben. He wants to personally see to Ben’s continued safety.
Starry Knight (City Knight #3) is the story of how and why Marcus has been avoiding his friends and everything of importance in his life for the last two years. We also learn more about Benjamin’s past and why he has cut himself off from the world emotionally. Everything comes together for the two men with a bang. This is how Mr. Webb closes the blurb for this story:
“Caution: Yeah, this is the third in the three story cycle so no more nasty cliffhangers. Hot men may have sex, old friends may bond again, and a few tears may be shed. I promise, it was worth the wait. Oh, and look for Marcus and Benjamin again in August.”
He is acknowledging the torture he has inflicted upon us, his faithful readers! And by the way; it was worth the wait!
Knights Out (City Knight #4) is the fourth (obviously) story in T.A. Webb’s City Knight series. It is the one alluded to at the end of the blurb for book three. T.A. Webb, along with Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows and Laura Harner have created their own universe within the city of Atlanta. The series of stories is grouped together under the “Pulp Friction” label. The main characters in each authors’ series is different, but in all the stories, the friends interact, support one another and work together. The great thing is that you get to keep in touch, however incidentally, with the characters that you love in the other authors’ series as well as their friends in the story you are reading. The characters, as a group, work together to keep Atlanta’s streets safer and they all find love in the process.
In Knights Out, more rent boys are disappearing. Ben’s friend Gabe, also known as Nick, hasn’t been seen or heard from in months. There are also other young men missing. Since Ben knows the streets, he tries to get the rent boys who remain on the streets to talk to him. The men created by Brazil, Fellows and Harner all join forces with Webb’s Ben and Marcus to solve this mystery.
It is a short story, so there isn’t much I can say without giving too much plot away. In this installment, Marcus experiences a personal revelation that will change the course of future stories in the City Knight series. Both for him and it appears for Wick, one of Havan Fellows’ characters. Are there more Ben and Marcus stories to come? I have no idea. At first it was to be a three story arc, but the fourth one was conceived and wouldn’t go away.
It has been a wild ride with Ben and Marcus through the series. Marcus has turned into a different man, unable to even fake indifference where his feelings for Ben are concerned. He is a possessive, bossy lover and Ben wouldn’t have it any other way. We have seen Ben grow from a scared but street-wise rent boy into a respectable young man who is capable of taking care of himself, but sometimes likes to let Marcus take care of him.
I have fallen in love with these men. I would be happy if Mr. Webb cranked out a story a month for the foreseeable future. I do, however, know that all great things must end. I don’t know that this is the end. If it is, thank you Mr. Webb for sharing these moving, loveable, funny, warm, tough, but loving men whom you created with us. If it is not the end, bring it on Mr. Webb, I can’t wait to see what Ben and Marcus and their friends get up to next.
Reviewed by: Tina