Shrapnel from an explosion tore up Jackson’s leg and ended his career as a Navy SEAL. Being forced into the civilian world was bad enough, but being told he’s crazy is intolerable. No matter what the doctors or anyone else tells him, he knows a supposed ally was responsible for his injury, and that same man is determined to shut Jackson up for good.
When Jackson sees a kayaker clinging to his boat from the balcony of his beach house, his instincts tell him something dire is about to happen. Jackson rescues the injured man and insists on hiding him until a former SEAL teammate arrives. As Jackson struggles with separating reality from soul-shattering flashbacks, the injured man’s compassion and growing trust tear down his barriers, and Jackson begins to wonder if his heart is as dead as he’d assumed.
So my intention was to read a story and then write a quick review, this was assuming after finishing the first story, that each story was a continuation of the same two MC. That assumption was based on the lack of detail I felt I was given during this story and the way the ending was left. Also the fact that first story was only about 70 pages long. After reading it I was left feeling like this was part one of a three part novella series about Jackson and Addy.
But after refreshing myself with reading the blurbs of the other two books, I noticed that it appears each new story has a new set of MC’s. If this is correct and we do not revisit these two then that will effect my final review.
Have you ever been dropped into a story and you think, man, that is going on? But this time it never went away. The lack of back story on either MC, the story of how they got to the point we met them and start this novella.
That all being said, Addy and Jackson make a good team, and the little we do get of them together, is enjoyable to read. The way Addy doesn’t necessarily believe or trust Jackson but is willing to go along and give the benefit of the doubt. Until things are proven.
Also the way that everyone thinks that Jackson nuts but has his back in a crises.
My problem was this couple of likable points didn’t make up for the rest.
Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.
In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.
I read this right after, the first thing I noticed was its a lot longer than the first. Which for development of character and story was perfect. The fact that we jumped into a story that boarders the first one but doesn’t mirror was also a bonus. And even though, once again we don’t get a lot of back story on anything or anyone because this time we have enough minute by minute action we aren’t really missing it. Or maybe I’ve just resigned myself to not getting it with these books.
The one thing that didn’t work for me was getting these two into the charaters that they were portraying. In the beginning of the book, we had a scene with Sport in a bar that had him ending up in an alley with Danny and two other people. Now liquor and sex was involved, but how does a highly trained ex-SEAL and current FBI guy not remember the person he’s standing next to? That and other scene gave me a hard time picturing him as a top notch FBI agent. Same thing w/Danny. Just things mentioned and actions done that had me scratching my head.
But these two together along with Jackson fighting the bad guys and saving the day was a nice tale.
Simon McLeod was a promising young naval captain before pirates attacked his ship and CIA agents forced him to fake his death and join their ranks. Since that horrible night, Simon has focused on finding the men responsible for ending his career. He’s close now, but he needs help from the man he loves. That’s a problem because Edgar is straight, has no idea how Simon feels, and threatened to strangle him the last time they were together.
For years Edgar used his medical expertise to patch Simon up after ill-advised missions. Ultimately, watching Simon self-destruct became too painful and Edgar told Simon not to come running to him anymore. But when Simon shows up on Edgar’s doorstep covered in blood, Edgar can’t turn him away. He also can’t fight the feelings he has for Simon, feelings that go way beyond friendship.
Finally, two MC that match what they are supposed to be doing.
Simon, hurt and on the run turns to Edgar his best friend but the last person he should.
Edgar can’t help himself, for years he’s fallen into this destructive pattern so why change now.
These two work well together, fighting the bad guys, learning each other, overcoming other issues. I’m starting to understand more and more of what is happening and what happened to get all of these charaters to this point. Unfortunately, it took all of these books to get the whole picture.
Simon is deep into a personal hell that he is ready to break free from, and he’s on the action pack mission to get his life back. And it’s a good tale. But just not enough.
I have have to say, if I was reading these for pleasure and not promised reviews, I would have stopped after book one.