Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/10/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Opposites attract—but is that attraction enough to bring two strangers together?
Raphael Koenig is an assassin working for a covert outfit. He’s also a man who uses alcohol to fend off terrifying nightmares. After completing one too many kills and dealing with one too many nightmares, he is close to burning out. So, he takes a break—a two-week vacation in New Orleans.
Alden Durant lives and works in New Orleans. One afternoon he happens to see a sad, lonely-looking man—Raphael. When they run into each other again, Alden offers to show him the city and they strike up a tentative friendship that leads to a casual sexual relationship they are certain will end when Raphael’s vacation is over.
Raphael is called back early for another job, and both men believe they will never meet again. Then, fate steps in when Raphael is sent to New Orleans to take out a hired killer. He and Alden reconnect, but will they be able to handle the revelations that ensue? Or will those revelations drive them apart this time—permanently.
It’s hard to imagine a more unlikely couple than Raphael and Alden. They’re polar opposites in so many regards: eye for an eye versus thou shalt not kill, one at the very outskirts of society and one right in the middle of it, one open and welcoming and one tight like a clam. At first glance, their differences seem insurmontable, making their brief, if intense, fling during Raphael’s vacation in New Orleans, Alden’s hometown, a “ships passing in the night” episode, nothing more.
Until fate throws them together once more.
This was a well-written novella with a tightly paced plot, gripping mystery elements and a touch of romance. The New Orleans setting, even though mostly outlined with a few strokes of the brush, came alive on the pages with a great sense of place. It worked really well for me both as a hitman action thriller and also as a character development tale; I really liked watching Raphael and Alden grow as individual characters and as a couple.
What I found missing a little was the chemistry between the main characters though. A big portion of the book dealt with Raphael and Alden forming a relationship and working to make things work out between them, which was fine and had me rooting for both of them to find their middle ground. However, compared to this, the way their original encounter during Raphael’s vacation was written kept me, the reader, at arm’s length in a way. This might have been intentional, but the second part of the book was rather more intense than the first.
So, all in all, I can recommend this book as a well-written, character driven story with surprisingly little angst and a nice touch of romance.
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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