Author: Laura Harner
Publisher: Hot Corner Press
Cover Artist: Laura Harner
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/22/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Navy SEALs Cliff “Snides” Snyder and Ryan “Rhino” Matthews have been moving comfortably in each other’s worlds for two decades. Best friends since attending BUDs twenty years earlier, and despite playing for different teams, they’re often accused of acting like an old married couple—much to their amusement.
Assigned to shore duty for his final tour before retirement and without Ryan to anchor him, Cliff’s restlessness leads him to a local club and hands-on research that leaves him in a compromising position and a witness to murder—signaling the abrupt end of his Navy career. Needing a place to lay low and lick his wounds, Cliff visits his old friends at the Willow Springs Ranch while he considers making cowboy his new job title.
After six long months on deployment, Rhino returns to San Diego—only to discover Cliff’s gone dark and the unlikely words ‘poor judgment’ are hanging in the air. Despite the offer of a prestigious assignment, Ryan opts to track down his best friend first and finds him at the WSR…along with more questions than he ever expected. With the most coveted orders for a SEAL dangling, twenty years of service under his belt, and Cliff determined to move on without him, decisions must be made.
Ryan is certain he has the perfect solution going forward, but Cliff knows he must face the fallout of his actions alone—and the one thing he’s determined to do is protect Ryan from making the biggest mistake of his career—even if it costs Cliff everything. You know what they say—the only easy day was yesterday.
At the end of book 6, I was left wanting more from Cliff. There was so much potential for his character and I was eager for his story. And I am glad to say, his story lived up to my hopes and was worth the wait.
Cliff was a strong character in the previous book. He was a Navy SEAL with a lot of attitude and snark. His story only added to those characteristics but Cliff turned out differently than I expected. And that difference was a welcomed shift.
After finally admitting to himself that there was something lacking in his life, Cliff decided to explore the world of Domination and submission. Obviously as a hardened Navy SEAL, Cliff was interested in learning more about becoming a Dom. But very quickly, the author revealed that not all was as it seemed and Cliff found himself in a prickly position after giving the submissive role some thought. This set things up nicely for plot movement and for explorations between Cliff and Ryan.
Ryan had always been straight. Yet he had also always been the perfect match for Cliff. After some intervention by the ever knowing and always interfering Ty, Ryan finally realized that he had always been in love with Cliff and sets forth to make sure Cliff knew this as well. Holy Hotness ensued as these men explored each other and started to open up to the possibility of being more than just BFFs forever.
Ryan and Cliff were great characters. Both were Navy SEALs who have been best friends for years. The author created a dynamic between these men that perfectly displayed how natural they were together. I easily saw them as best friends and when things shifted to more, I never got that too easy or instant love feel. I felt their connection from the very beginning and friendship to love was a totally organic progression for these men.
As far as Ryan and Cliff’s sex life, I loved that the author did not stick to the obvious. That the men swapped what would have been the go to role for Cliff, and the larger and older man, to be the dominant. Instead it was Ryan who took that role and it was natural for him. It felt right. It felt right for Cliff to be the submissive and explore a part of himself he had never previously allowed to surface. However, these roles were not set in stone either. Cliff challenged Ryan for dominance when the situation warranted it, in and out of the bedroom. It made for great growth in such a short story.
I also enjoyed the plot. I liked that this was not all about the relationship. That there was a bit of mystery to keep me guessing and to help string this out so that I could enjoy more of these men together. Because I have to admit, this author can write some HOT scenes. I have mentioned that before and I will say it again, her passionate scenes feel natural and flow within the confines of the story. And that only enhanced the HOTNESS factor for me.
However, the plot was just left hanging. For me it did not feel like a cliffhanger, it just felt like it was just forgotten. It was set up so that things could be carried over into the next book, but the way that was done felt rushed and incomplete. I was rather confused for a while and then Draco reappeared and the story was over. I just think this transition could have flowed a bit better.
Overall, Cliff’s Edge was a good addition to this series. I was a bit leary that this series may have been on its way out for me, but, nope. I am back into things wholeheartedly and am eager for more! When is Draco’s story coming out?
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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