Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend's call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the doc while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate, Elias Sanchez, left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli's letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave - and from each other.
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Road Trip + Sidewinder = One Wild Ride
But only if they have kept up on the Cut & Run and Sidewinder series so far. This one isn't a standalone or good if read out of context.
Series fans should most definitely reach for this one. While the other books explore some pretty fantastic external conflict while not neglecting the internal conflict and development. This book leans hard on a journey of the heart and mind of this amazing team of guys. It will make them or break them as a group of friends and also, as lovers in Nick and Kelly's case.
Hmm, this is tough. No one series really comes to mind to cover all the elements. This one has the military brotherhood going, healing from past hurts and secrets, and a romance. So, I'll go with Megan Erickson's Trust the Focus and Lisa Henry & JA Rock's Playing the Fool series for Road Trip journeys of the heart and romance. But as to camaraderie and military brotherhood, that would be Garrett Leigh's Between Ghosts, any of Marliss Melton's SEAL team series (though these are not m/m like the rest), to name a few.
Now that is a toss up. I really didn't have any that were disappointing and pretty much enjoyed them all. But I think Digger and Owen matched best with what I pictured in my mind (see, pretty subjective criteria there. Haha). Digger cracks me up every time he opens his mouth or pulls something out of his bag.
No, but it's not fair to say that because this is a re-read for me. The first time through that is very possible though hard to tell. I get pretty caught up in the characters and the stories. But there are some painful, poignant moments and things get pretty tense nearer the end as hard truths surface. Like I said, hard to tell.
As I noted above somewhere, this one doesn't work well as a standalone or out of order. I would also note that just listening to the Sidewinder series without getting the appropriate Cut & Run series books in between is best. This one follows, Crash & Burn.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange of an honest review.
- Sophia Rose "Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog"
The best book of the series. Both of them!