Published by Riptide
Released on September 15, 2012
Gold Digger is a spin-off story to Aleksandr Voinov’s epic Special Forces series. I have not read Special Forces which is a grittier set of stories from the Cold War era, but I was able to read this story with no trouble though I am intrigued and do plan to go back and read the others.
I chose to read Gold Digger when I read the blurb. I thought the idea of corporate enemies and one thinking he was straight was an intriguing story line. It was a good read and I enjoyed finding a new author to read.
Nikolai is a former oil digger who has joined up with his mentor in a fairly new business project- gold exploration and mining. Nikolai has a gift for finding the gold and working out in the field. The company now needs to find backers so they can afford to get on with the mining. Niko is sent from Armenia by his mentor to pitch their proposal to a huge mining company based out of Toronto. But in Toronto all sorts of things start to happen. His mother and sister want to embroil him in a family problem that he just wants to stay out of which makes his sister get vicious and reveal a family secret that could devastate him. While he’s reeling from his sister’s revelation, he finds himself oddly attracted to Henri LeBeau the nephew of the company owner of the mining company that he has just made the sales pitch too. Just as he starts explore his feelings for Henri, Nikolai feels the sting of betrayal.
The story is novella length so there is not a lot of room for plot development. It was not a complex plot though there was time to learn and like the characters of Nikolai and Henri. Fans of Special Forces will be happy to know that there are some really good scenes between Vadim and Nikolai. There was a feel that this story could continue into a series, but then again it might just be a stand alone.
The romance was sweet, but that didn’t stop it from getting hot too.
I recommend the story for those who followed the Special Forces series or for those who might enjoy a good M/M Contemporary Romance in the world of cutthroat global business.
Thanks to Net Galley for providing the review copy.