Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.
Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.
The cold that sinks in to your very bones, that’s the first thing that you feel when you start this book. Cold and empty, Cade was dead as far as the world new, he was an assassin, in his past life. One who had a set of morals and standards that were rock solid. The company he worked for, and the men he worked with were there to serve the greater good. Not to just kill people or make money.
Braxton or Brax to his friends was a younger man who started out training under Cade and later they had a relationship for 4 months that ended with a bullet in Cades chest. As Cades is healing he learns that Brax is killed on some mission.
Back to the cold, a year after being shot, Cade is sent on one last mission to deliver a message to whoever is in a cabin deep in the Alaska wilderness. As Cade arrives he determines that this may be a set up because he is being hunted before he even gets to the cabin. Then out of the blue he hears a voice of a ghost. Brax is there and alive, all of Cades anger and confusion comes to a head. Here is a man he trusted that shot him, tried to kill him, and yet he still has this emotional love and pain. Brax is just as upset as he has his own reasons for his actions and just wants a chance to explain why he did what he did. He loves Cade and stands by his actions, stating that it was the only way to save his life.
I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of emotional strife and anger, the distrust that comes with two people who have made a life out of lies and deceit. The sexual tension is strong and there a strong sexual relationship between the two of them. Cade is bitter and sarcastic, very hurt and confused. Brax is tired and heartbroken but still feels he has done the right thing. It’s really heartbreaking as you feel the struggle they both go through. I really could identify with both characters, see both sides. See both mistakes they each made. An all-round good book.