Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.
Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.
But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.
A charismatic motivational business CEO is getting dangerously stalked and a military vet with a heavy dose of guilt and PTSD are the heroes in an exciting new standalone from a favorite author and read by a favorite narrator. Of course, I needed this one.
Friendly Fire introduced a great cast of characters and a good blend of character growth, suspense, and romance with family a strong element running through. The pair of guys are dissimilar, but exactly what the other one needs. Their vulnerabilities gave them more appeal, but I also enjoyed watching the trust build between them and the togetherness.
Lennox is a divorced man with a teen daughter and that plays a significant role in the story just as Elliott’s past choices as an aggressive corporate lawyer causes him to be on the outs with his family. They are older guys who are somewhat road weary and need to find acceptance and home. Elliott is a captivating person who uses his charm to hold folks at a distance and he is genuinely interested in making things better. Lennox is gruff and he just wants to be left alone while he tries to cope. Once they get past a few initial hiccups things are steady going forward.
The story is gently-paced with a few action moments. I had part of the suspense element figured out, but not in its entirety. There was still one big surprise for me to discover.
Nick J Russo was fabulous in the narrator’s role bringing to life all the characters, the humorous, the passion, the heartwarming, and the introspective moments. I felt he caught the essence of the story just right.
All in all, I was well-engaged and cheering on the romance and the solution to the danger situation. This was an easy-listen/read that I can recommend to m/m romantic suspense fans.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to the book in exchange for an honest review.
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