Author: Abigail Roux
Narrator: Brock Thompson
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/21/2016
Length: 08 hours 55 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
Part & Parcel was definitely not your typical Sidewinder/Cut & Run novel. It was a journey through the teams past, directed by their lost teammate, while Nick and Kelly came to terms with the problems plaguing them.
While I loved seeing all the guys interact and getting to know them more, I missed the danger and adventure of previous novels. There is a lot of drama, although interspersed with humour, that felt drawn out.
I appreciated seeing Zane’s point of view as an outsider to the team and was glad it was included. There are some heartbreaking truths revealed and emotions are high. Though the end is definitely feel-good, this is obviously a goodbye to the gang.
So, it was an enjoyable installment to the series, though not what I expected.
While Brock Thompson was very good at matching voices to characters, I felt like I was listening to the voice that does the movie voice overs much of the time. The over drama and suspense tone really hindered the love scenes and also overshadowed other parts of the novel. I would be willing to try him again, but found this hard to listen to at times.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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