Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Finn Hallan is a member of the elite member of the Beredskapstroppen, more commonly known as the Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, codename Delta. A police officer with ten years experience in counter terrorism, he is part of the ERU team sent to respond to a hostage situation on the Norsdev Forseti oil platform in the North Sea. What he finds there has him facing demons he thought he had buried a long time ago.
Scottish engineer, Niall Faulkner works for the oil giant Norsdev and his specialism for installation disposal takes him to the Forseti platform at the worst possible time. When he is taken hostage his only thought is that he will never get to tell his lover what he really feels.
Can Finn keep Niall alive? Or will they both die at the hands of an eco-terrorist in the frigid waters of the Norwegian sea?
I’m going to start this review by being quite shallow….that cover, phew, it hits all my buttons plus the colours are perfect, anyway….now to the important bit, the story. Yet again RJ Scott shows how perfectly she can put together a story regardless of its length. Alpha, Delta is a short story of 20,000 words but its pure high octane explosive action.
Niall Faulkner and Finn Hallan have been an item since they first met when Niall gave a talk at a presentation Finn attended. They both have full on pressurised jobs so they meet up whenever the opportunity arises. This suits Finn very well as although he really likes Niall he’s not yet ready to take their relationship any further, he’s not even ready to acknowledge how much Niall means to him. That is until Niall ends up trapped on an explosive laden oil rig with a madman standing between Finn and the man he loves.
For such a short story it’s perfectly laid out. I liked that we got to see the beginning of Niall and Finn’s relationship, with a story this compact I didn’t think there would be time for that before we moved on to the action. But once the action starts though it full on with no break in the action to even catch breath.
From the moment Niall realises things aren’t quite what they seem on the rig we experience what he does, we feel his panic and witness his bravery, spurred on by ‘what would he do’ and the unspoken ‘I love you’s all directed at the absent Finn. Finn realising immediately that Niall might be involved has to keep his head while his heart lives in fear of what he might find when he gets out to the rig. Of course Finn and his team need to actually board the rig before Finn can find out about Niall. I have no idea how much research Ms. Scott actually did for this story but the boarding of the oil rig and the events on the rig seemed very real and accurate. I felt like I was reading a North Sea thriller not a MM Romance.
Alpha, Delta is a deliciously intense short story and I loved it. I did wish it was longer, we could have had more character development with a longer story, but the main event was always going to be the situation on the oil rig and that wouldn’t have been as intense or exhilarating if it was any longer, extra padding would only have weakened the story so in that respect the length is just right. I can honestly say for anyone wanting a short action packed exciting read you won’t get much better than this.
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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