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Last Line

(Last Line #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Genre: LGBT Action/Adventure Paranormal

John Griffin has fallen hopelessly in love. He's trying to hide it, because the man he loves is also his partner in a renegade counterterrorism agency, and John loves the job too. Michael, the most loyal of friends and partners, doesn't return John's passion. Nor that of anyone else, as far as John can see. Sexy and handsome as hell,
ebook, 133 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Loose Id
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Emma Sea
A unusual paranormal/Manchurian candidate/The Professionals mashup. I'd call it a thriller with a gay relationship; it is definitely not a traditional m/m romance. This makes it the rare beast: an actual novel that would stand alone without the sex scenes. Happily there are quite a few anyway, but they are not tender, loving sex scenes.

The MCs are compelling, and have a relationship that walks the line between gritty and tender. I think I'm fairly in love with John. All the secondary characters
I loved this book! I love spies and Secret Agencies and the whole stuff since I was a kid! So, Last Line gripped me from the start...

The book begins three years before the actual story takes place. One of the MC's, Mike - at that time MI5 Agent - is held captive in a Russian province by a war criminal and tortured (both physically and emotionally) by one of his henchmen.

Three years later, Mike works for a secret organization called Last Line and is partnered with John. They are the secret agen
4.5 stars
I asked for gritty and that's exactly what I got, a taut, fast paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns. It was emotionally intense, so much anguish, god this story had a way of making me feel things I didn't want to feel. With every page read I dreaded what was ahead and as the story unfolded the nail biting and heart stopping moments started. At times I wanted to smash things (Anzhel especially) the pain and torment that Michael had to endure was devastating. The smiling monster
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can`t remember the last time I`ve felt so much compassion for a books main characters - especially Michael - and so much hate for a villain.
Last Line is a tightly written,intense and dark - even frightening - thriller and the story of a seemingly hopeless love.
Definitely Harper Fox` best book.
...Shakespeare was absent this time...
Smith Barney
I was kind of utterly spellbound by this aggressively-intriguing erotic-suspense thriller.

Except. Super-paranormal or mind control? Which one were we going w/here. I guess if it was longer it would have been great to have both for conflict but not at this short length. But even though brief, the story had excellent pacing and was very engaging. Intensely drawn characters.

Very thrilling ride.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-pn
This takes some mental acuity not to get lost between the supernatural and the brainwashing elements, but it is powerful. Watching Michael unravel and then twist and break and recoil is exhausting. As horrible as it is you can't look away. The degree of psychological conditioning and its success is terrifying. Mesmerizing, it really does play into traditional Russian folklore and the implications are devastating to watch.

And John, the partner we all dream of in devotion, honor, and action. He br
It's been ages since I read this book and even though I really enjoyed the book I'm amazed at how much more detail I'm picking up from the audio book and just generally how much more I'm enjoying this story.

This is also my first time listening to this narrator...David Thorpe and he's totally working for me. Especially his voice for Webb one of the secondary characters...seriously this guy sounds exactly how I'd imagine him to. His other character voices are really good, it's just now everyday th
Sammy Goode
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Last Line by Harper Fox was not an easy read—oh don’t get me wrong—it is a BRILLIANT book but easy to read?? No, not by a long shot.

The story unfolds smack in the midst of the most realistic and gut wrenching torture scene I have ever read—and that was the first time I though to myself. “turn away—don’t read this book…this is not going to be good.” I said that to myself several times: through a Non-consensual sex, torture, bloodshed, violence, more torture—this time of the mind and soul, and thr
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Way out of my comfort zone but the storyline itself was intersting. I hated it but couldnt put it down at the same time. Not sure what that says and im glad i finished but also wish i'd never read it too. First off, is this truly considered a romance just because it ended well...for now? If I was John I would have been long, long gone. The conditioning was just too brutal...for Mike, John and me.

I am still not sure of my 4 star rating though. So many unanswered questions. What was up with Mikes
Jul 24, 2015 rated it did not like it

This book was very annoying.
It started out with an eerily warped, dreamlike recollection of Michael's imprisonment and torture. Then it turned to the three-years-later special-agent-normalcy of best buddies and partners Michael and John.
Good enough, an interesting premise.

Then it went on and turned into a totally convoluted, illogical, inconsistent, immature whack-fest. And not in a good, playful way.

Characters doing stupid, out-of-character things, seemingly top-notch special agents behaving
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, own, par-rom

This was one of those sitting on the edge of your seats, biting your nails waiting for the next thing to happen type of book. I also think I read most of it holding my breath because of the pain and trauma coming from Mike (who I love). This is a hard book, it is difficult to see someone else's will taken from them and feel helpless. Fox does an amazing job once again by keeping a strong plot and building such a beautiful love story that has you hoping with all your might for a HEA. I love Mi
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is fierce! Not by any means an easy read, but oh, so gratifying. The story is extremely emotive and thought provoking — very capturing with troubled, strong, mysterious, compelling characters.

I always enjoy hugely reading a Harper Fox book and this one wasn't an exception. Yet it had some elements in it that I wasn't expecting at all and that made me enjoy the reading experience even more. :)

To say it shortly: I'm hungry for more Michael, John, Quin and Anzhel!
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This was a... hard book to read. In some respects, I can see the appeal of it. It can be an entertaining and dark read depending on the reader. But if you have hang ups like I do? This story is just a struggle to get through.

For me, it dragged considerably. Even from the start it was hard for me to really get into the story. Right when I was starting to like it, though (probably about half way in), Michael's ex shows up. From there, the story went down hill again because Michael and John are jus
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Harper Fox writes, in my opinion, beautiful prose. I suspect she could make the driest subject compelling by her deft use of language. So from a purely technical point of view Last Line is a pleasure: beautifully descriptive and evocative. As in her other books, her characters are engaging an compelling; the plot full of action and swift-flowing. There are few moments to catch one's breath; both style and plot move at a breathtaking pace. Only at the last chapter does the reader get a chance to ...more
Well what just happened here??? The most important thing to probably know about this book is that it's reportedly part of a trilogy/series. Loose ends are not neatly tied up at the end & there is an underlying paranormal thread that is not fully explained in this first book.

Secondly is don't come here if you're looking for kisses & cuddles. This is a fast paced, unrelentingly tense (take that breath during the swimming scene--you'll need it for the rest of the story) suspenseful & h
Kaje Harper
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story introduces two fascinating MC's. Their complex relationship is derailed by Michael's unacknowledged and mainly unremembered traumatic past. That past comes back to haunt them both. I was totally caught up in the story and could not put it down. The one star I took off is because the plot becomes complex and less than logical toward the end. I had to stop and reread and still don't think it made total sense. But I was so in love with the characters I could forgive a lot. It is a dark b ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller...or at least the second half was. I found the first part a little slow but once Anzhel came back that all changed. I also never really felt the chemistry between John and Michael. Their relationship developed before the book started and since Michael spent almost the whole book being controlled by someone else, I never got a sense of who he really was and why John was in love with him. If there's a sequel, then this is a really good start. If there's ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hardly any sex scenes and a paranormal undertone ... but boy, did I love this book. The plot was great, there's lots of angst and the best part were the two MCs. I just fell in love with both of them right away. Can't wait to read book 2.
So the first question I have is where do I start my review? Hhhmm……… eerrm……….aahhh…….. WOW! I must admit to being completely surprised by this book but in a good way. This book has been on my list waiting to be read for like ever! But time is always the enemy so when I got the chance to listen to the recently released audiobook version then I jumped at it. Harper Fox, you little minx (lol!) you definitely threw me a complete curve ball with this book. I usually don’t do dark, twisted and violen ...more
Wow!! Raw, gritty, complex and quite violent [please take note of my bookshelves]. Not exactly what I've come to expect from Harper Fox but she obviously firmly believes in pushing her own boundaries, which to my mind is the sign of an author confident in her ability to spin a superb yarn...and I'm slowly working my way through her back catalogue. 4.25 stars from me.

Some parts of this story reminded me of one of my most favourite BBC series ever - Spooks, which to me always seemed to have realis
OK, so where are all the bad Russians Harper Fox keeps telling us about? Because Lucas Oriel is NOT a Russian name. Neither is Mikhaili nor Anzhel nor Mattvei (in that particular spelling) nor Zemelya, for that matter. Three quarters of Russian is misspelled almost beyond recognition. So, I am asking the author again - where are the Russians?
And what nationality are these people pretending to be Russian?
Full star off for that.

The story set my teeth on edge from the beginning, unfolding painfull
4.5 stars
This one had me biting my nails and the ending was a bit unexpected since the it has some paranormal elements. If you want a mystery this is your book. Sometimes I thought Mike to damaged and the controling and programming made me shudder. Also I don't know how they could have forgiven Anzhel. I hated him and for me he had no redeeming qualities.

This was an emotional rollercoaster, gripping and not letting go till the end. It's nothing for the faint-hearted and still so touching. I'm still reeling from the emotional impact, all the action and puzzling over all those hints and mythological references (which I still do).
And I guess now it's waiting for the next part. No way this ending was the end of it.
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was impressive and deeply engrossing. I've been dead to the world for the last two hours or so.
T'was weird, too. What the hell ARE those guys?
Erin (PT)
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. By all accounts, Harper Fox is a lovely person. I'm always desperate for a new, good m/m writer to read and a number of my friends have rated her books highly, either verbally or here on Goodreads. Hell, that was the main reason I picked up this particular book; a four-star rating by a friend who has similar taste to mine. But after slogging through the entire book, the only reason this doesn't get a one-star rating is because Fox's prose is good enough that I ...more
Christi Snow
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This was a different book and I'm not even sure how to classify it. It had touches of paranormal and a lot of romantic suspense. It also seems like it was originally planned to be the start of a series because not all the mysteries were answered in the book. And I will warn you right now, there was some disturbing violence in the book.

Three years ago, Michael was undercover and was basically brainwashed and tortured and raped. He's been programmed although it was a bit unclear about h
Crys Harris
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Technically, there isn't really anything bad to say about this book. The writing flows well, the characters are nuanced and interesting (even the token kid), and there's a bit of intrigue. But.. I just feel like it a good book. Better than ok, but not that memorable. I think the plot line is a bit too ridiculous, the love interest is a bit too Pollyanna, and there is a strange paranormal quality threading through the storyline that is frustratingly vague. If it's not going to be part of the stor ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Busy time of year for me so little opportunity to sit down with a good book, hence it's taken me a week to read Harper Fox's "Last Line" recently re-released via self publishing Fox Tales.
I'm actually rather pleased it took me a week to read, I really didn't want the story to end and can only hope Ms Fox considers writing a follow up to this tale of intrigue, adventure and romance.
The plot is dark, the sex is aggressive and at times brutal, the protagonists, especially Michael are complex and in
Definitely an intense story, and makes me wonder if the author would consider a sequel. (ha! just found out she's making this into a series)

I enjoyed the gritty feel and parlay into the mind of the 'brainwashed'. Gives an introduction into a strange D/s relationship.

Very well done. The various scenes had me on the edge of my seat, and the introduction of the younger brother as well as some of the more paranormal aspects gave a feeling of other directions the author could go if she so chooses.

Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

wow... this was a great story, i was actually horrified at one scene and that is hard to do to me.
because the author wrote it so well was definitely a factor.

it starts out a bit confusing and i had a hard time with it.... i almost gave up. so glad i didn't. :)
looking back now, i realize this may have been done on purpose by the author. in a way it was like being in michael's head during his mind control, the confusion, the torture...must have been hell for him :(.

lastly, *spoiler* i'm left
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Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in nort ...more

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