With great anticipation, I settled in to read this latest book that brings together two of S.E. Jakes recurring characters and I was not left disappointed. This is a quick read, but it delivers on the raw sensuality and danger. I was left squirming from the heat Mal and Cillian generated even as I worked through all the twists this one delivered. And that last twist? Holy Bejeebers! I am so in need of book two here!
Cillian is working as the head of a mission to get John Morris, the operative turned traitor who is still working with the terrorists against his own people. Cillian is not the only one on the hunt and he has no desire to let Prophet and his guys get to Morris first. This is his bag. Unfortunately, he has no idea that the mysterious missing SEAL team member is right on his six.
Mal is playing a deep game. Proph finally gave him the go ahead to go after Morris. Their best leads take them to Cillian. Mal studies the man, learns him and does his own brand of infiltration. It is all a huge risk because he has to get close without getting caught in his own trap. To get close, he has to let Cillian in close. Soon he realizes that its not all part of the operation. He takes things with Cillian where he shouldn’t and that’s exactly when he gets the nastiest surprise of all.
I thought I liked the Hell or High Water series, but this parallel series is going to give it a run for its money. Cillian and Mal are something else together. They can scorch up the IM board more than most people can do in a bed. They are both dark, lethal men who barely have a conscience after all they’ve done. Their passions run along those same lines and just… yeah, I need something cool to drink after reading about these two. I can’t wait to have more of what’s inside them revealed over the next few book. Surprises have already jumped out, but I just know there is so much more. And how do they recover from that reveal at the end of this one?
If you enjoy exciting, dark and gritty m/m romantic suspense, you really need to pick this one up. Actually, start with the Bound series and then the Hell or Highwater which leads into this one so you’ll get the best out of it all and not feel like you’re dropped into the middle of something.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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