Cutting Out by Mickie B Ashling ~ Book Review by Caroline

23312555 Title: Cutting Out

Author: Mickie B Ashling

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


Sequel to Cleave

Hours after stepping off the yacht where they had their mock wedding, real life intrudes, and arguments arise between Sloan Driscoll and Trent Hamilton. Seeking relief at his BDSM club, Trent bumps into an old army buddy who tells him things are different now that DADT has been repealed. Meanwhile, Sloan receives a frantic call from ex-lover, Cole Fujiwara, who tells him that his twins and ex-wife have been kidnapped. Cole asks Sloan for help but makes him promise not to include Trent in the rescue attempt.

Trent considers the opportunity to resume a career cut short, and despite Sloan’s threat to postpone the wedding, he leaves for the Middle East as an independent mercenary while Sloan rushes to aid Cole.

In Tokyo, disturbing revelations draw the former couple together, and old feelings are rekindled. Despite this new understanding, neither man makes a move. Sloan is focused on rescuing Cole’s family without jeopardizing his relationship with Trent, while Cole must prepare himself to survive disappointment if Sloan chooses to segue into married life as a military spouse.

Caroline’s View:

I have loved this series right from the start and this 4th book is no exception. It would have been very easy for the author to give Sloan and Cole their happy ending way back when and keep everyone happy but I loved the drama of them finally breaking up and then of course Trent arriving on the scene.

So many ups and downs! This book has just as much angst as the last one and just when you think you have everyones relationship sorted in your head the author tips it sideways again. When we left Sloan in book 3 he was just a few weeks away from marrying his Dom and lover Trent, the man who swept Sloan off his feet when things went bad with Cole, nuturing him and keeping him sane.

Trent left the Army a few years ago refusing to hide his sexuality but after speaking to an old colleague about life after the repeal of DADT he suddenly decides that maybe his career isn’t over. This decision seems to come out of the blue and Trent is harsh with the way he informs Sloan of his plans and gives his opinion even less thought.
Sloan has gone from blissfully happy to not knowing what his future holds in the blink of an eye, but one thing he is sure he doesn’t want is Trent returning to service and leaving him for months at a time. Trent pays no heed to Sloan when he threatens to cancel the wedding and makes plans to head to Afghanistan for 6 weeks.

Mickie B Ashling did it again! She made me love Trent then she just as quickly flipped things around and made me think he was a cold hearted ass!! THIS is why I love this series!

At the same time Cole’s dodgy dealings with a surrogate geisha seem to have come back to haunt him. Noriko and his twin boys have been kidnapped and taken to Japan and the the only person Cole can trust and ask for help is Sloan. Slaon and Cole’s relationship is still quite shaky but the thought of the twins in danger over rides all Sloans concerns and the pair head off to Tokyo to pay the ransom.

Tokyo brings surprises, some good and some bad. It also brings Sloan and Cole closer together than they have been in years and although nothing sexual happens between them there is certainly parts of their old relationship hanging around. Sloan slips back easily into his role as Cole’s partner whilst they make preparations to meet the kidnappers demands.

All is not as it seems and circumstances become pretty bleak and desperate before Cole has his twin boys back in his arms and even then the horror isn’t over. These two old lovers have been thrown so closely together that they may find it difficult to leave each other when they return home. I think this had a very pleasing ending 🙂

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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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