Title: Does the Feeling Go Both Ways?
Author: A. R. Moler
Publisher: JMS Books
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Deep cover DEA agent Landon Cross can’t seem to escape his past. First, his cover is blown by a guy he’d busted in another operation. Then, his rescuer is medic Trey Jernigan, his best childhood friend, first love, and a person Landon betrayed as a teenager.
Now Landon’s life is a mess and so is he, physically and emotionally. Incredibly, Trey forgives Landon and allows his former friend back into his life in all kinds of ways Landon would never have thought possible.
But a crucial decision Landon made while undercover comes back to haunt him. Trey also has to deal with very tangible pieces of his own past. Will Trey and Landon be able to solve their problems and build a life together?
The premise of this book prompted me to read it. Law enforcement and mob crime. Friends-to-enemies-to-lovers. Both favourite themes for me, and on top of this, written by an author whose writing I usually like, so I was looking forward to enjoy this one.
Well, I did, if a bit less than I thought, for various reasons.
For one, the overall plot required a lot of suspension of disbelief, even though scattered scenes were vivid and gripping. But for the most part, the way the characters acted – particularly the mobsters – had me going “huh?” on several occasions. Such things tend to throw me out of the story, which happened too often here, unfortunately. Also, I found the villains (both past and present ones) one-dimensional to a point where they almost turned into caricatures of themselves.
The good guys, on the other hand, particularly the main characters, were sweet and likable – almost too much so, given that they’re supposed to be hardened law enforcement/ ex-military. I felt like I got to “see” only their sweet side while being “told” they could also be tough. And considering the aforementioned subject matter of friends-to-enemies-to-lovers there was surprisingly little drama or angst between them.
What I hadn’t expected at all were the babies, even though I actually ended up liking that part best. The two female mains, Nina and Karen, are pleasant, well-drawn characters in their own right. They and their babies added a kind of family bliss to the ending that I really enjoyed.
So, not the action-filled mafia thriller I’d expected (even though there was some action too) but a lovely family story with lots of hurt/ comfort and some well-done erotic scenes.
On this understanding and approaching this with the right set of expectations, I’d recommend it as an entertaining read.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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