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Helpmate

(Chess #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Knight is home from the hospital, so everything should be back to normal, right? Things are never that easy, though, and the men of Chess must fight to get their lives back.

Knight has returned home from the hospital, but is far from recovered. Things seem to be going well, but depression slowly winds its way around Knight, and he spends all his time in bed sleeping, slippi
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Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 176 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Pride Publishing (first published November 21st 2013)
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Serena Yates
After the shock of Knight almost dying in the third book, and him now finally back at home, the real work of healing beyond the physical can begin. As always, the title is a hint at the chess analogy, although I have to admit I had to look this one up. "Helpmate" is defined as a type of chess problem in which both sides cooperate in order to achieve the goal of checkmating Black (don’t ask me why it has to be Black, not White, but I have to admit it is a fit with Knight's slightly dark character ...more
Serena Yates
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-m-m
After the shock of Knight almost dying in the third book, and him now finally back at home, the real work of healing beyond the physical can begin. As always, the title is a hint at the chess analogy, although I have to admit I had to look this one up. "Helpmate" is defined as a type of chess problem in which both sides cooperate in order to achieve the goal of checkmating Black (don’t ask me why it has to be Black, not White, but I have to admit it is a fit with Knight's slightly dark character ...more
Christina
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars – 3 Flames

You know what I really like about this series? The fact that the storyline gets better and better with each one. Where the first installment started off with raw animalistic lust/sex, we’re now seeing the character traits of each guy and growing to love each one differently. Just like they love each other differently.

Knight is home from the hospital and has become the diva of the house. Not in the sense you may think, purely depressing and utterly annoying at times. It’s up
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Riayl
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, poly
My e-reader could not turn pages fast enough to keep up with me as I skipped through the monumental amount of sex to find the few bits of plot. (Note to self: read Sean Michael on computer only, where I can scroll through the sex much faster...) I liked the idea and I liked what there was of the plot and I wouldn't have minded the sex, but there was SO MUCH of it that I got bored and wanted to skip ahead to the conversational bits. *blink*

After reading all four books my opinion is that it was in
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Caroline Brand
REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE

With Knight finally home and Rook, Bishop and Jason determined to provide all the care he needs for his recovery you would think things would be looking up for the boys of the Chess series. The reality is very much different from the dream as Knight spirals into depression and the boys seem lost for a while.

Once again Jason proves just how important he has become to the relationship. Whether it’s because he is not as close to Knight or whether it’s his insight int
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Veronica
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The fourth book in the Chess series gives us a good amount of story with a nice amount of naked time - but not too much. Knight has returned home from hospital but he is not really interested in getting back to living. Bish, Rook and Jase work to help Knight recover from his accident. While Rook and Bish have accepted Jase into their lives I still feel like I feel that Knight and Jase are yet to fully connect. I hope we will
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Angie
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~
Things are still rocky after Knights accident but the men do everything they can to make things back to normal. When things seem to go bad, tough love seems to be the only way to handle it and Jason steps up and shows that he is there and as much a part of the foursome.
Characters: well written
Sex: yes, so hot
Religious: no
Would I recommend to others: yes
More than one book in the series: yes
Genre: M/M/M/M/Roman
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Leah
Imagine Treat's Hammer book mashed up with New, another Hammer book featuring Gil and Xan, include some rehashed Jarhead's story lines and you've got this whole series. If you've read the other books I mentioned just save your money....I wish I did :/
booklover
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVED this !! Reading about Knight's struggles and how each of the guys helped him. Seeing their relationship develop further all of it was just amazing !!! Fantastic !!
Charmaine Stephens
This had so many feel good moments & touching moments that I loved. Really gonna miss these guys when I'm done with their series. Onto book 5! ...more
Denise GremoryKohta
This was a tough one. I felt for all the guys. It was painful and scary for all of them just in different ways. I was so scared for Knight and I thought for sure Bishop would lose it completely. Seeing the dynamics between them all during their struggle was beautiful though.
Sarina
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.


Knight is finally home from the hospital but the road to recovery is a long one and he’s just started on that road. Disinterested in everything, even his art, he starts to slip into depression and stops even trying to get his life back. What he doesn’t count on, however, is how much the men in his life love him and they’re determined to bring him back to the land of the living; even if they have to do it with him kicking and screaming along the way.

This is a
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Charly
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some sweet scenes on the road to recovery

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- Jason’s acceptance of Knight’s bitter attitude toward physical recovery is a little sad, but it’s also sweet. Rather than being too upset with Knight’s negative attitude toward him, Jason tries to understand the reasons behind Knight’s behavior.
- (This is a similar point to the one above, but whatever.) Knight’s recovery allows for some sweet scenes in which the oth
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Andrea Goodell
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This continuation of the series gives us more about how Knight is doing with his recovery and how everyone else is doing with handling the change in the dynamic between the men and the running of the home.

We have a pretty big time jump, five plus months. And during that time everyone pretty much is letting Knight wallow in his own pity and misery. Doing as little as possible including bathing, eating and exercising.

However, during this time, Jason and Bishop are developing a tighter bond, which
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Ruthie Taylor
Dec 20, 2015 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 a series and they need to be read in order - I will assume that you have read the previous books in my review, so if you haven't go and do so, before you read on!

I am enjoying this series very much - although the accident at the end of the previous book was a bit of a blow. This installment deals very well with Knight's slow and painful recovery. It gives Jason an opportunity to cement his position
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CB
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth in the Chess Series - Whew! I just loved this series (a total of 7 books) - it's like porn with really lovable characters and an actual plot. Who else but Sean Michael can pull off a whole series ménage à quatre?

Six of the books focus on the same 4 MC's. But, the last book in the series, Pre-Game, is actually the story of how the original 3 (Rook, Knight and Bishop) met and can be read first; however, the rest all need to be read in order.

Note that #6 "The Piercer's Game" is almost a
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S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

My heart broke for Knight. He's accident changed him in ways none of them expected. Bishop, Rook and Jason try everything in their power to bring Knight back to them, back to what was their normal. Knight's broken, depressed and feels not needed within the family. Bishop, Rook and Jason show Knight that they need him and want him but is it enough?

I am in love with this series, my only complaint is the amount of times in
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Lori McD
3+ stars

Not quite the satisfying next part of the story I was hoping for after En Prise... Knight is still recovering, and it's still affecting Bishop, Rook, and Jason, too. But the story skips around, and it felt a little "dialed in", rather than really exploring this interesting foursome and their home and relationship dynamics. Nothing much new happens. Mainly a lot of steamy sex scenes between some combo of the guys; while that's one of the reasons I love this series, it's not the only reaso
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Colette
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this series. Helpmate not as great as it could have been, or the previous 3 books. Felt there was so much opportunity for storyline in Jason training Knight.. but it wasn;t deeply explored. Wanted more between knight and Jase... Have since book 1. I just don't feel the knight cares deeply for Jason yet.
Not sure if there are going to be more.. ending read like it could go either way.
Fingers crossed there will be
Sue bowdley
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, male-male
Wow...i loved this series...The way Knight was after his accident was heartbreaking but they way they all pulled together to help him...This one was more of them being in couples rather than a foursome and now we know there's gonna be a fifth book...the final one called End Game....Will they stay as a foursome or become two couples...I hope they stay as a foursome x
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
This particular installment in the series is much more story based with only a few gratuitous sex scenes thrown in for good measure. I do feel like I need to make sure my teeth are well-brushed from all the gooey-sweetness. Perhaps that's somewhat OTT. If not for all the over done ILYs, this would have been a 4-star read for me.
Danielle
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mm, menage
Compared to the first three books this one did nothing for me. The characters seemed to have different personalities, which was weird. Truth be told Rook ruined anything that could have been good about this book for me, I REALLY didn't like him in this one.
Viv
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it's over. I'm so happy I read these books. So much fluff. So much smut. And ALL my feels. I fell hard for Rookie. So hard. And Jase. What a great set of characters. What a fantastic book series. Highly recommend if you want light mooshy reading. Sigh. I'll miss the boys.
Katy Beth Mckee
I love the fact that Jason is allowed to continue to grow and become his own man as the little of their special little family. The also continue to support Knight in his recovery and sometimes you just have to take things in hand.
Tammy
Okay Helpmate isn't as good as En Prise as far as the story goes. Knight is home now and things are starting to shift around with the dynamics of the guys. I thought there would be more to Jason and Knight other that the therapy. On to the next one.
Kat
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sally halliday
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fab hope this series keeps going.
Donna
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written can't wait for the next one
BookPixie's Bookshelf
Knight is still my favourite and I really, really want to read more about him. I love them all, but it is all about Knight for me!
Tracey
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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