Intense Enemies to Lovers romance for a pair of shadowy black ops killers set in the wilds of Alaska? I’m there! The story jumped right in, gripped me by the throat, and didn’t let go to the fast satisfying end.
The story opens with trained merc, Cabe, on one last assignment for his former boss before he calls it quits. Funny how being shot and nearly dying will end a career like that? And here he is faced to face with the murdering betrayer who did the job. Cabe trained Brax and opened himself up for the first time in his life for the chance of a relationship and so the pain of the bullet and surgery were nothing to the shattering his heart took to watch Brax pull the trigger.
Brax has one chance to get this right with Cabe. Putting a bullet in his lover to save his life and seeing the pain of betrayal on Cabe’s face was the hardest thing he had ever done. He was never able to explain because of the danger and secrecy that shrouded that mission, but now he has a small window of opportunity before he has to ghost away. Christmas is a time of hope and he dearly hopes for Cabe’s forgiveness and understanding.
But as the anger, hate, distrust, and other factors pile up, the two hurting men are on a course of destruction and a permanent parting.
Whew boy! I do like my dangerous lovers who have it in for each other. Nothing like a little homicidal reunion to brighten a holiday read. Cabe has every reason to want to put a bullet into Brax the second he sees him, but deep down he is burning with the need to know why. Why did Brax betray him? And Brax is desperate to tell the truth, but needs Cabe to give him a chance. It’s a game of cat and mouse between two trained killers. It’s raw and emotional. There is a hint of suspense whether their mutual enemy has found them or whether their former boss has changed his mind about helping. But for the most part, it is the pair of hurting, angry men figuring out whether they have anything left to salvage their relationship.
I really liked this story though it was a fast one, but I do have to say that I constantly felt like I was dropped into the middle and there were pieces I was missing. I checked, but couldn’t tell if it was related to another book or series. There was another character, Sean, who left me puzzled and wanting to know more about him. If it weren’t for this sensation of feeling like I was missing stuff and the first half of their story, this would have been a perfectly satisfying read.
But all in all, I liked what I got. Intensive holiday romance ala trained killer-style. M/M Romantic suspense fans should check it out.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #394 RS
Usually, each holiday read has reminded me of something I can share from my past or even present traditions when it comes to the Holiday season. Nothing leaped out at me, at first… Then it occurred to me. I won’t even go into the convoluted thinking that had me arriving at just the tradition I wanted to share.
While I love the holidays for many reasons, most of my reasons are centered around celebrating the holidays. However, there is one activity we do that really has nothing to do with the holiday and more to do with the fact that we are all off work and out of school for a few days together. This can be dangerous. How do we handle this rare phenomenon? We-ll, we have a few options. One of those is games. For a group of competitive people, games can be high entertainment involving broken furniture, raging competitors, and sometimes a little blood is spilled. And by games, I refer to old-fashioned card or board games. It can get ugly folks. The growling, teasing, flush of victory, and agony of defeat. Leftovers from the holiday meals are pulled out as well as all the tasty treats left in stockings. Sometimes music from the new Christmas batch or even a movie is turned on in the background. But the focus is on the chose game. So over the years, we have enjoyed some very fun game nights and it is a grand time to disconnect from all the tech around us and plug in as a family. Pictionary in its hey day was big for us, Clue, Uno, Poker, Sorry, Life, Skip-Bo, Nertz, Monopoly, Taboo, and the list goes on.
So do you get out the board games in your home or at the relatives’ homes? Do you have favorites or maybe games you will never play again? Do share!
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