This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Riptide
Released on November 11, 2013
“I’m not under the influence anymore. Much. Even if I was, I’ve done things way worse than you that I’ve never regretted.”
Nick barked out a laugh and they both began to chuckle. Suddenly the tension was gone again and it was just the Devil Doc across from him once more.
Shock & Awe Quote by Kelly to Nick
Excited is an understatement when it comes to any new release in the Cut & Run world. In this case, it’s the first book in an offshoot series that focuses on Ty’s brothers in arms The Sidewinders. Though it is the beginning of a new series, it can’t be read in isolation and should be read following Touch & Geaux because it takes up right after that one ended just with the focus shifting to a couple of the secondary characters of which one has been a recurring character through several of the Cut & Run series books. This story focuses on Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott.
Nick helps get Kelly home and helps him with his after care from the healing bullet wound Kelly received trying to protect Nick’s life in the last mission. They are really close and tight after years of serving together and know each other better than anyone else knows them. But after Nick’s big confessions in the last book, Kelly starts to see things with Nick in a whole new light and Nick isn’t far behind him in noticing that things between them have altered.
Things turn into a sexually intense game of cat and mouse as Kelly tries to convince Nick that he’s healthy enough for a romp between the sheets and then Kelly really rolls the dice when he tries to pin the commit-o-phobe Nick into letting what is happening between them stand a chance. Reality comes knocking even to their Colorado mountain cabin and may end the fragile beginning between them before it even gets started.
A secondary short follow up story called Bait & Switch added more to the above story and gave a peek in with the Ty & Zane situation.
This one got right down to it with Kelly & Nick. They know each other well and as a recurring of the series they are not unknown to the reader so it is easy to dive right in with them. Kelly wants to explore things with Nick and he is honest and communicates what he wants openly. Nick, on the other hand, wants Kelly just as bad, but he shies away from going all in and doesn’t communicate well with words- man of action type.
There is tension from this and it was good stuff. There is also sweltering heat generated between these two guys and it stays pretty steaming hot for most of the story. Nick is one rough and tough, but passionate, caring and tender alpha. Kelly is right there with him and gives Nick the feeling of trust and safety that he has never had with anyone else.
And if you’re like me and go all sniffly at those ‘good-bye at the airport don’t know if I’ll see you again’ scenes then keep a tissue handy.
Though this was a shorty, it checked off all the right boxes with me. I definitely recommend it for all the Cut & Run series fans, but I strongly encourage those who enjoy strong, humorous, gritty and spicy m/m Romantic Suspense to get busy and read these.