Author: Clare London
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/09/2016
Length: 09 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Mystery/Thriller
Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland were once far more than just fellow intelligence agents. But then a mission went horribly wrong and everything fell apart, sending Tanner into hiding and splitting the team and their affair wide apart.
Now an unknown traitor is threatening the team, and their ex-boss is determined to reunite them before it’s too late. She finds Tanner in a run-down trailer park, bringing with her a most unwelcome refugee in need of temporary sanctuary: Niall, the man he thought he’d never have to face again. The man he’s sure feels exactly the same in return.
Trapped in a situation that’s both claustrophobic and highly dangerous, Tanner and Niall will have to revisit their past and reconsider their perceptions, their loyalties—and their desires—in order to survive, let alone forge a future together.
I have to admit that I am not sure how I feel about this story as a whole. The elements that made it up had high points and low points for me. However, when they were all meshed together, I found myself feeling like things were rushed and that there was something just out of reach that I needed to truly love this book.
The thing that stole the show both positively and negatively was Tanner and Niall’s relationship. The positive: I could feel their attraction. I could feel their love. I could feel their hurt. I love that the emotions were front and center and that the author really dug into the heart of these men and their failed relationship. The negative: I was never convinced that these men belonged together. They were like oil and water in everything except the bedroom and I am not sure that the author ever proved to me that these men could get past their issues and stay together long term. Yes, in the immediate future they would remember how they felt during this time of turmoil. But in the far future? I am not sure these men would not go right back to being immature and petty. I love that they got a second chance, but overall I was still unconvinced that it would not turn destructive again.
On the backburner for me was the government agency and the mystery. It was probably supposed to be the main driving force of this story, but I felt like it was rushed so that the author could focus more on Tanner and Niall’s personal issues. The flashbacks to the past detracted from the fact that this story happened in 72 hours and sometimes I found myself lost or needing a refresher of what was happening in real time. And then the ending was a bit over the top villain and a bit over the top unbelievable for me. I mean, these people work undercover for a living and one man could just do what he did as quickly as he did……I just struggled with this.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. The angst was well done and I easily connected with the characters. I feel like there was potential for this to have been more but it was not a bad way to spend a few days driving to and from work.
This narration was not bad. Michael Pauley doesn’t really do unique character voices but his characters are clear and he really gets the emotions. But this one had some issues for me. I believe this book was set in the UK but this narrator did not have an accent. There were also some volume issues. When the narrator was handling soft or quiet scenes I had to raise the volume which lead to me being blasted when emotions ran high and the volume sometimes doubled.
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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