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Feat of Clay

(Men of London #4)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned
Published August 25th 2015 by Boroughs Publsihing (first published August 3rd 2015)
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3.5 stars

Feat of Clay starts out in present time with former undercover police officer Tate Williams waking up if the throes of despair from a nightmare. He is comforted by his boyfriend Clay Mortimer, a SAS officer. Tate had been tortured for information while working undercover by a madman named Armerian and the physical and emotional scars are deep. Clay feels it is his duty and responsibility to help Tate in his recovery because of the strong love her feels for his boyfriend and childhood
Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt, & #Giveaway: Feat of Clay (Men of London #4) by Susan Mac Nicol

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Feat of Clay is the story of Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer. For those of you who have read the Men of London Series, Clay was a side character mention once or twice. Think Sight and Sinners (Men of London #2), Draven and Taylor's story. Clay is this big, macho, really dominating and assertive character who controlled his
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Tate and Clay have known each other since they were in grade school. They have been best friends throughout many years. At 18 Clay takes off to join the service. He can't stay and face the temptation of wanting Tate, who is only 15 at the time. Clay stays gone for 8 years. When he returns they reconnect and become close friends again. Neither wanting to take a chance at damaging the friendship they shy away
Joanne Mountford
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Arc review

Men of London just got even hotter. I would say you could read this as a standalone but if you are like me and like to start at the beginning knowing all the characters, start with 'Love You Senseless'.
This is Clay's story and oh boy! it's awesome. Clay has a very handsome but also very trouble partner called Tate.
The love that you feel while reading this story just warms your heart. Every relationship has it's ups and downs. Maybe some more than most but what Clay and Tate are
Valerie Degeorge
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Feat Of Clay is the fourth book in Susan Mac Nicol's Men Of London Series, although I absolutely love all of her books this one grabbed me by the heart.

As we can see from the Blurb Clay and Tate have know each other for years and were very close friends both refusing to reveal their feelings towards each other until fate brought them back together and we get to go on a journey like no other.

Clay Mortimer owns an elite investigation agency (named after himself) we've met him briefly in book 2
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Blogger Girls

Yet another amazing installment to the Men of London series. Susan Mac Nicol can take a wide range of men, from all walks of life, and bring to fruition the parts of their relationships that hit you right in the heart. Clay and Tate were two of the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming men in this series yet.

One of the major aspects of this story that I loved was that they were already an established couple and so we get right into the meat and potatoes of the issues plaguing
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Susan Mac Nicol does not shy away from difficult subjects. In fact, she tackles them head on.
This book is filled with many tough subjects to include abuse, torture, kidnapping, suicide and more.

Feat of Clay doesn't pull any punches and opens right up with sadness and a holy shit moment!!

There's beauty in a battered soul learning to find their way out of the dark and who better to help you with that than the man you've been in love with since you were both kids.
Clay's unyielding love and
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aa-recommend
This book made me weepy...several times. Ah, Clay and Tate. I wish I remembered them from the earlier books but I don't. Maybe it would've made a difference but this book was so great all by itself, I doubt it. Tate was so scarily broken that I wondered if they even had a chance. Maybe some of their story was told in an earlier book but it felt a little like being thrown into the middle of a book at first. They were already together, the shit had already gone down and now we're seeing the ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read four books in this series so far and they are quite different even though many characters appear regularly throughout the books.
The first two were fairly angst free with a touch of paranormal, Suit Yourself was pure fluff - I adored Leslie.
Feat of Clay was a surprise after the first three; it was so much darker and at times almost difficult to read when we got descriptions of and insight into the things Tate had gone through in the course of his last case as an undercover cop.
But even
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a huge fan of romances featuring already established couples, and to be honest, that wasn’t what I was expecting when I started this book. My take on the blurb was that this was a story about Clay and Tate finding their way into a relationship, but when the story begins, the two men have already been together…for about a year? So it’s fair to say that this book had a mark against it right from the beginning, even though I reread the blurb and conceded that my assumption was probably my ...more
Inked Reads
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, m-m
This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I love this series and I loved this book. Clay owns his own PI business, Tate was an undercover cop until his last assignment almost killed him. These two men were friends and then after Tates ordeal they became more. Tate was tortured and left for dead on the side of the road, he still has flashbacks and nightmares. Clay wants nothing more than to have a life with Tate. Their love story is hot and fierce, the sex is
4.5 out of 5 stars

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Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.



Though they went their separate ways, Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been crazy about each other since their school days. Clay went into the SAS. Tate became a cop. Neither mentioned their attraction to the other. Both sought out danger. Both found it.

Imprisoned and shot in an
T.M. Smith
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tate Williams and Clay Mortimer have been friends since they were boys. Both have always longed to be more, but feared rejection so they never admitted those feelings to one another. When Clay gets a call that his best friend has been found shot, stabbed, seemingly tortured and left for dead, Clay decides it’s finally time to come clean about his feelings for Tate. Low and behold, the feelings are mutual. They can ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after now, cue the romantic music. ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
There have been a number of military/paramilitary m/m series released recently. The attraction is obvious. Two highly trained alpha men in great shape with dark pasts? Perfect. But while this story contains most of the elements I love in an action-packed m/m, it just didn’t grip me as similar stories have.

I did love Tate. Rebuilding his life after being tortured in the line of duty, he is a beautiful, troubled character. His relationship with Jax and the Castaways children is very sweet. I
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

This is book four in this series, you don't need to read the other books, but it helps. It helps to get a feel for Susan's writing and for the other men who feature in the series and in this book. I'd say read the others first, but some might not.

Clay and Tate, best friends since they went to school together. Tate went into the police force, and Clay, the army. Neither man admitted what they felt for each other, until Tate was found,
Kirsty Bicknell
When I fail to connect with a story by an author who I have huge admiration and respect for, I have to stop and question myself, not their talent.
Unlike the many other Susan Mac Nicol books I have read, Feat of Clay didn’t give me ‘those’ feels. I didn’t want to dive inside the story and hug the protagonists. So, is this due to my own state of mind when I read the book?
The more I think about it, the more I blame myself. I have been hectically busy and have reached a temporary point where
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just can’t say no to any M/M romance that centers around characters who are healing from a horrific event in their past, and with Feat of Clay we find Tate had not just a horrific event, he was literally tortured. His lover Clay has been trying to help him heal, but it’s a slow and truly painful process that continually tears both of them up.

Tate is an incredibly strong character—he had to be strong to survive what he did, even if at one point he tried to escape the pain afterward. Clay cares
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

I love that this series intersects the lives of these couples. You fall in love with them and even though you don't get full information you still get little snippets of their lives in the next book.

Feat of Clay follows the slow love story of Clay and Tate. They were childhood friends, each had an attraction to the other once they figured out they were gay, but never talked about it. Neither guy wanted to jeopardize the

Susan did it again! She brought us another great story in the Men of London series…

Finally, we get to know who is the mysterious man in Clay’s Mortimer's life… Tate Williams was his secret crush since, well, forever… But they never acted on their feelings, both afraid of what that would do to their friendship…

It took a sadistic man’s torture and almost losing Tate, to make Clay take charge in and finally confess his feelings, but their reunion is not an
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth in an excellent series - and although it could be read as a stand alone, I would recommend that you read them in order, just because they are so good - and there are characters who feature throughout. In a way this seems the darkest, but actually all the books tackle difficult issues, although all different.

This pairing is particularly interesting as they have a long shared past, so their behaviour
Dawn Liddle
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
This is a good addition to the Men of London Series.
This story follows Clay and Tate, after years of pretending that they were just friends they finally go together after Tate was almost killed in a undercover sting gone wrong.
through the book we see Clay trying to help Tate through the drama he experienced. Tate has PTSD so his moods are always up and down. He is just trying to find a happiness that he feels that only
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars aren't enough for this book ! I've loved each and every one of the books in this series but for me this was the one with the most heartbreak in it. What Tate's been through and what subsequently happens to him (nightmares, flashbacks etc) make him feel inferior and unloveable but to Clay even with those imperfections he loves him, hard, and at times too much. I laughed, cried, laughed and cried some more for Tate, i wanted to scream at Clay to "back down" from pushing at Tate to get him ...more
DNF @ 45%
Imprisoned and tortured, undercover cop Tate Williams will find redemption in the arms of his boyhood friend, now lover, former SAS soldier Clay Mortimer.
What's not to like, right? Well it turns out, plenty. First, bad-ass MCs should not be self-pitying wallowers. I'm just sayin'. Second, *yawn* boring. Third, over-the-top hurt/comfort.

Bottom line: I'm bummed because I LOVE the Men of London series and Susan Mac Nicol is an auto-buy for me. While Feat of Clay is sure to please some
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Clay was his rock, his soul mate. And Tate knew without a shadow of doubt that he was Clay’s. And that simple fact meant that whatever life might throw at them in the future, whatever dangers or sadness they may encounter, they would do it together."

There's pain, love and steamy hot sex.

4.5 stars.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing...just simply amazing...Ms McNicol has knocked it out of the park again! This was a hot, intense, sad, sweet and did I mention hot book!! How could you not love this series and all of these men. So much feels... I hope we get Jax's story next. I can't wait...please don't make me wait!
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
M/M. Good, but seemed to be similar to a lot of others I've read.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased
Note: This review is for both For Fox Sale and Feat of Clay because it was difficult for me to separate the reviews. For Fox Sake is 4 stars, Feat of Clay is 5 stars. I'll be posting this for both books.

Susan Mac Nicol is a new-to-me author. When I saw For Fox Sake on NetGalley I read the blurb and thought it sounded pretty interesting so I requested a copy. After doing a little research I found that there was a different book, in a different series, about the couple in For Fox Sake so I decided
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book: Feat of Clay
Series: Men of London Bk #4
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rated: Mature
Date Published: August 25, 2015
Pages: 156

Okay…don’t laugh…I am on a mission. I read book two, three and four in a week …while working full time! So a lot of late nights….I live in Florida and Hurricane IRMA is bearing down and all I am thinking is how many books can I mow through by Monday; I write this Friday afternoon. Can I also mention this
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joelle by: SH-Takes place in Europe
I've been slowly making my way through this series. I love how the characters are intertwined through each book. I've been looking forward to Clay's book for a while. We knew that Tate had been kidnapped but we didn't know exactly what happened to him. We get to see how he and Clay deal with the fallout of his capture and torture. I really liked how it wasn't tied up in a pretty little bow. There were ups and downs. Tate pushed Clay away more than once while he worked his way through things. ...more
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Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and others that hopefully make you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and one third of the deadly trio of Cover Thoughts.

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Other books in the series

Men of London (9 books)
  • Love You Senseless (Men of London, #1)
  • Sight and Sinners (Men of London, #2)
  • Suit Yourself (Men Of London, #3)
  • Cross To Bare (Men of London, #5)
  • Flying Solo (Men of London #6)
  • Damaged Goods (Men of London, #7)
  • Hard Climate (Men of London #8)
  • Survival Game (Men of London, #9)