Enemies who were once lovers, dangerous storm, second chances…
Stranded dove right into the middle of a story that began long before when Cabe and Brax worked together and became something more all the way up to the point when Brax inexplicably shot Cabe. Cabe spent a long time recovering from the gunshot wound to his chest and never learned why his lover shot him before he heard that Brax had been killed on another mission.
But now, doing one last job for the mercenary company he has worked for, he encounters the man who ended everything. Cabe is suspicious from the start about this job of carrying a message for his boss to an operative hidden deep in the Alaskan wilderness, but now, he has no idea what to think when Brax is both alive and Cabe’s boss obviously kept it from Cabe.
Brax wants one more chance and knows that he has to get the hostile Cabe to hear him out and believe him about what really happened when he pulled that trigger. Somehow things are not working toward a resolution and something else is afoot placing him and Cabe in danger.
So, this one was swift and hard-hitting from the get-go. I’m used to romantic suspenses- particularly those featuring black ops characters- diving into the middle and leaving me off balance, but eventually there are twists and reveals that restore the balance. This one gives most of the answers, but brings into play a third character and leaves a lot of mystery about his role and why he was part of the story.
The passion and emotion between Cabe and Brax was off the charts. These guys had physical chemistry down, but for the life of them they struggled with communication. Cabe goes off half-cocked and Brax gets caught between lies and silence. Definitely a pair who would have benefited from being locked into a room and not let out until the issues were resolved. Though, I have to admit there was a lot of fun in their angry sex and make-up sex.
I enjoyed this story in the audio version with narrator, Dorian Bane. He did a splendid job of bringing the angry Cabe and frustrated Brax and cunning Sean to life. His pacing and storytelling meshed well with the writing style and tone of Stranded.
In summary, this was a hot and spicy and suspenseful holiday read that I appreciated for something fast and furious during the busy holiday season. Those who enjoy more thriller-style enemies to lovers romantic suspense should give this one a try.
My thanks to Riptide for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.