I am vociferously passionate about good books. And I hate adverbs.
Well, now, that was an electrifying (albeit rather short) story.
I fell hard for both main characters, and even though I prefer my m/m characters to be out and proud men, it made perfect sense here for the two of them to still be in the closet.
What I adore is when a man actually sounds like a man in a story, which they all do in this one. And I love that not only are there also nationalities other than American, but even a differently abled man is an intrinsic part of this book. I loved that it played a part in the plot.
The story itself (see the blurb for the actual content, I'm not here to rehash what it's about) is cracking, even though it slows down for some loving here and there.
The action is fast, the protags are believable and I found myself sitting on the end of my chair through the last half. That hasn't happened for a while. I was rooting so hard for Matt and Kira it was almost ridiculous, and I loved that both of them got to be both strong and fierce, and then in need of being cared for. Full characters, with flaws and needs. Brilliant, really.
Favorite phrase: "He zigged. He should have zagged."
"Just you, too."
"I told him it was his. The cap. Me."
Yeah, and to be completely honest, there was a moment of tears at the end. That does most certainly not happen often for me. NR Walker evokes that something within me with her words, something that renders me a blubbering mess. Thankfully, she doesn't drag it out for fifteen chapters, as I do love my happily ever after, but, like now.
The action part of this story? That's where it's at, for me. The drug-dealing, cartel bad-guys part of the story really works for me, even though I saw the point coming a mile.
Ms Walker really knows how to write suspense and thrilling action scenes. The fluff in the beginning was good, but the action was excellent. That's where the fourth star landed.
Then Kira's dad and the scene at the hospital. That's where the fifth star slugged me in the solar plexus. Kick-boxing, indeed.
Thank you Ms Walker. I'm still holding on to my belly.
I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone, I paid for it with my own money.