Author: Ali Atwood
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Does a second chance at love have a price?
Zac McQuade is a former marine living two lives. On the surface, he’s a special agent for the FBI but undercover, he’s an assassin for the Secret Intelligence Service. When Zac returns to his childhood home for his niece’s christening, the last person he expects to see is Brody Maitland, his former college crush. Though Zac’s attraction to Brody has gone unfulfilled, he still thinks of him as the one who got away.
Dr. Brody Maitland is a practicing psychologist with a few secrets of his own. Though he has always admired Zac, he thinks he is terminally straight. Currently, Brody is conducting an off-the-record investigation, in search of a young male patient who’s gone missing. Believing Zac’s cover story, Brody enlists his help to solve the intricate case, plunging them both into a deadly game of intrigue and deception. As the attraction between the two very different men heats up, they are faced with the ultimate test of love and loyalty.
Confession time. I watched, and enjoyed Sharknado. But I didn’t expect Citizen Kane or even Fast and the Furious. Sometimes the secret to enjoying a movie, or a book, is to go in with lowered expectations. That’s the case with Bound to Brody by Ali Atwood.
I didn’t go into this short story anticipating a perfect tale and because of that I was able to enjoy it, despite several issues.
I’ll start with the good. Zac McQuade and Brody Maitland are interesting characters who I liked immediately. Despite being a government assassin, Zac is no monster. He has a strong bond with his mother and sister, as well as his new-born niece. Brody was a little less developed but still a fascinating guy.
Zac and Brody’s friendship began in college where both men were attracted to each other, but afraid to say anything. The disappearance of a young man brings Brody and Zac together where they quickly discover the mutual admiration. The sex between the two men was smoldering. I could feel the years of repressed desire finally exploding between the two hot men.
Now for the bad, there were a few grammar errors and incorrect words—palmed instead of pawned. There was also a great deal of clunky exposition and awkward dialogue that brought me out of the story.
The paranormal aspect of the story wasn’t totally explained with one part of Brody’s abilities seeming more like a deus ex machine than a well thought out plot device. The bad guy also didn’t seem realistic at all nor did his motivation. The chapters focused on him weren’t necessary and added nothing to the story.
The author has talent, I just don’t think it’s fully realized here. However, this could be an enjoyable read for those who like sexy shifter stories, as long as you know what you’re getting into.
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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