Circles: Book Four
Mason Arquette isn't one for mincing words. In fact, he often rubs people the wrong way--with the exception of Riece Burrell. Riece came with his own set of social issues, but he saw right through Mason's tough exterior, and they made a perfect couple. Or so Mason thought... until Riece abruptly ended their relationship without much explanation.
Years later, Mason and Riece are thrown back together. As a US Forestry Service photographer, Riece is sent on assignment to the Black Hills, where Mason works. When Mason is tasked with guiding Riece around the territory, old feelings are quickly rekindled.
But nothing is ever easy. Just as Mason and Riece begin to work things out, they're targeted by people with motives so vile and twisted they defy imagination. In a desperate race for their lives, they must depend on one another and take a big step out of their personal comfort zones to find their way back to safety--and back to love.
About the Author
Hometown:Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, England
Date of Birth:December 22, 1968
Place of Birth:High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Education:B.A., St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, 1990
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gone Away by Elizabeth Noble Because this is book four in a series I was not privy to what came before. This is the story of the romance between Mason Arquette, a mixed race park ranger and Riece Burrell, a photographer. Apparently, Riece had walked out on Mason because Riece's mother thought Riece could only hurt Mason if they stayed together. Perhaps subconsciously, perhaps on purpose, Riece takes a job where Mason is currently working - The Jewel Cave Mountain National Park and the fourth installment of their relationship adventures ensues. The book is NOT a stand alone book. If you care for Ms. Noble's work you should read the first three books first. That is not the only thing wrong with this book. Ms. Noble lacks an ability to use the third person point of view appropriately and therefore the story does not flow well. The characters are surreal, the plot is boring, I do not recommend this book.
“There is nothing wrong with you, Riece. Yeah, I’ll agree sometimes you see the world in a different way than I do, but that’s not… hell, I don’t even know what." “Why did you stay with me?” Mason shook his head and chuckled. “....What I see is someone sweet and funny and smart and caring. I like spending time with you. And, you stayed with me despite the fact I rub most people the wrong way.” Mason made quite an impression on me during his brief appearance in 'Jewel Cave', so the prospect of getting his story was very appealing. The 'Circles' series is one I've enjoyed immensely for its mystery, intrigue, romance, and action. The fact that Riece is a character who definitely dances to the beat of his own drum was fascinating, so between the two main characters and their unique personalities, I was glued to the pages. Mason and Riece head off into the backcountry of the Black Hills so Riece can get pictures. What they run into is a terrifying and horrific group of hunters who don't specialize in animals. It takes everything they both have, and more, to evade them while hoping they can reach help. Mason knows this area very well, but Riece is not much of an outdoor person, and all of these threats along with the changes don't mesh well with the way his brain works. Both men have to dig deep to escape with their lives. 'Gone Away' was another action-packed adventure in the series. To be honest, I would have loved more background on these two men, and I definitely would have enjoyed some more detail of Riece's mental processes. He came across, to me, as being very high functioning autistic, and I would have appreciated that being explored a little more. However, as a big fan of this author's work, I think she did a great job, and I certainly enjoyed every moment of the story. Thank you, Elizabeth! NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
Once again, this book can be read as a standalone. While there is references made to the previous book in the series, it’s not required to fully understand this book in the slightest. I have to say, Riece is probably one of my favorite characters that I have read this year. I don’t know what it is about me and the smart guys, and the ones with their little “issues” but Riece was just… so sweet. You could tell that he truly cared about Mason and was still bothered by what happened between them. Mason was equally awesome because he knew what he wanted and was more than willing to do it on Riece’s schedule. I have to say the trouble that these two get into in this book caught me off guard and I was completely shocked at it all. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give it away, but I’ll say this, Noble wrote the whole thing so well that it wasn’t too super detailed, but it was done just right to where you couldn’t help but be on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. Overall, another must read from me, and I can’t wait to find out what Noble comes up with next in this series! Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
4.5 Stars. While this is the fourth book in a series, it can be fully enjoyed as a standalone. Mason Arquette is a mixed-race (white and First Nations!) gay US Forest Service ranger whose territory covers the Black Hills region of South Dakota, his homeland. Years ago he met Riece Burrell at college. Both Riece and Mason have some emotional issues; Mason has a temper and Riece has OCD and crippling social anxiety, but the fit well together in spite of those impediments. They had a satisfactory relationship that ended when Riece left suddenly, with no discussion. As it turned out, Riece's mother counseled her son to leave--making it clear that Mason wouldn't continue to tolerate Riece's tics indefinitely. (Thanks, Mom!!) So, after three years they are reunited when Riece is assigned to photograph parks in Mason's jurisdiction. Mason surprises him at the airport, and again, when he takes them to a romantic inn en route to their destination. While Riece and Mason have separate rooms, Riece can't take the separation any longer. They seem to get on like a house afire, burning up the sheets anyway.... After getting Riece settled in Custer the ardor ebbs, a bit. Mason wants time to regroup, and be sure he can trust Riece again. They have an extended hike planned so Riece can get images of some of the more remote vistas, and while there reconnection is still going strong, it suddenly get's thrust into overdrive. Encountering some shady characters on the trail gets Mason thinking of remote meth labs or poachers, but it's far, far worse. No, Mason's soon employing all his backwoods tracking skills to keep himself and Riece out of the range of lethal crossbow bolts. Nothing like some psychotic killers to make a scenic trail harrowing, amiright? I really got into this thrill ride, as it truly was something I hadn't expected. Expect bloodshed, mayhem and daring forays. Expect Mason and Riece to fully repair their breach and become better than the couple back in college--excellent sexytimes, yo. Also, expect slurs of all varieties--including homophobic and racial. Just sayin'.