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Really exiting book with interesting plot and characters. Constantly made me wonder what was gonna happen next and I couldnt figure out the bad guy untill the end. A good combo of action, mystery and romance (and some good HEAT here and there).
Wonderful preformance of Nick like always, a ton of different people in this one and each had there own "voice".
Really recommend it if you like m/m romance with some stalkers mystery in it!
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I think there are two, maybe three, ways to approach this story.
1) As a piece of fiction wherein the reader is free to assume that what they are reading does not represent the real world and to simply experience the story for what it is – mostly action, adeventure, some mystery and a fair amount of (mostly angry) sex.
2) As a piece of fiction that leans towards “romance” in that the central MCs, in addition to their professional struggles, also wrestle with some relationship issues and in the end resolve those issues.
3) As an accurate representation of the world with a fictional set of circumstances and characters.
I think, if you read a few reviews out there, that #3 is probably not fair. There have been several good points raised about racism and flaws in how the governmental agencies are portrayed. However, if you remember that this is fiction, that might not feel as bad. Racism is a tough, slipper slope, however, and I’m not sure it’s as easy as all that to disregard. I think the author was just trying to pick a bad guy – the cartel – and that the rest of the country (Mexico) got sort of sublimated into it unintentionally. However, that is for the reader to decide – but be aware that that issue is present in this story and it’s hard to ignore.
As for #2 – that’s a tough one for me. Loosely defined, this is absolutely a romance, but I’m not sure it’s the central focus. If it is it does leave a bit to be desired – IMHO. I liked the HFN we got, but I’m not sure it satisfied the romantic in me enough. I never quite warmed up to these guys or felt their connection was authentic beyond the physical. I also didn’t like the “open” aspect of their relationship and – though it is explained – didn’t like many things that transpired between these two, relationship-wise.
So… who do I think would like this? Anyone who loves mystery, intrigue, drama and angry sex. Who should avoid it? Anyone who is sensitive to cultural bias, who wants romance to be the central theme, anyone particularly squeamish about violence.
Susan gave this 4.5 of 5 stars and I think I’d give it 3 of 5 stars – there is some to like, just maybe not enough for me.
What made this book more tolerable for me was Nick J Russo’s excellent narration. I love the subtle accents he used for the myriad characters and I find him very easy to listen to. He kept me engaged when I might have been inclined to skim or skip chapters.
5 of 5 for the narration
Overall 4 of 5 stars
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