Partners by Lex Valentine and V.J. Summers ~ Review by Caroline

Books set in the future are not something I normally read and I must admit I really enjoyed this!

21947523Title: Partners

Author: Lex Valentine and V.J. Summers

Publisher: Winterheart

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

TDA agents Travis Wilder and Ian Hawke are fuck ups. As members of a covert organization that battles terrorism in a world that’s lost its political, economic and social infrastructure, their job is to find and neutralize dangerous terrorists. But neither Travis nor Ian have been able to complete a mission successfully in recent months. Travis kills his targets while Ian beds his. In an effort to save his two best agents, their handler makes them partners.

Ian, with his upper-crust British accent and flirty behavior is everything that attracts Travis and repels him at the same time. For Ian, the taciturn, domineering former Force Recon officer represents a temptation he knows better than to succumb to. But working and living together builds a unique bond between the two. As sexual tension spirals higher between them, as their secrets and kinks are revealed, their need for each other becomes undeniable. They’re two broken men forced into a partnership neither of them wants…a partnership guaranteed to be their salvation or their destruction.

My View

We are 20 years in the future and the world has changed beyond recognition. Terrorists have caused death and chaos and compromised the government.  A group of officials has banded together and set up a task force to infiltrate and remove the terrorist groups.

Ian and Travis are two of the top operatives in the field but lately neither has been working to the best of their ability.  Their modes of operation when in the field differ vastly but their past lives and trauma are finally catching up with them.

When Ian was literally rescued and brought to the team he was a submissive with an abusive master. When out in the field he has been using his overt sexuality more and more until it is now compromising missions and endangering others. Travis has a military background and has been left damaged by his previous relationships. He is currently trigger happy and his last three extractions have resulted in the death of his target.

The book is told with flashbacks that explain what happened to each man to bring them to this point. I’m not always a fan of books jumping backwards and forwards but this worked well and was necessary to give you the background to both mens situations and how the world had broken down.

Travis has had a bumpy ride where relationships are concerned and has built some pretty big walls around his heart to protect himself. The naturally dominant man has been living as a virtual monk for a long time and is left very unsettled when having to face Ian and his ‘in your face’ sexuality. Ian is a slut and a fan of one night stands. A relationship isn’t even on his radar until he is faced with living with Travis who actually seems to ‘care’ about the man, simple things like cooking a meal mean the world to him.

In a last ditch attempt to save both men from a desk job they are partnered together in every sense. Not only must they live together, train together and work together their bosses are hoping they can become lovers and help heal each other. This was left with a HFN ending and I am looking forward to book 2 later in the year.

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