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Title: Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z.
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance, Thriller
Release Date: 10/17/2016
Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.
Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.
But Elliot is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.
Suspenseful Romance, or Romantic Suspense?
I recently wrote a blog post about how Friendly Fire isn’t quite a mystery. What is it, then? A romance?
Well, there’s certainly romance in it. There’s flirting and awkward dating and slightly inconvenient teenage daughters, and some pretty hot sex, if I say so myself. When I set out to write Friendly Fire, though, I was coming off a thriller kick. I wanted intrigue and firefights and complicated, imperfect people who still managed to get the job done. I wanted to write something different and exciting, and I think I managed it. I even think I managed to make it romantic. But is it a Romance, with a capital-R?
The romance, while integral to Friendly Fire, isn’t the main plot point. Someone’s out to kill Elliot McKenzie, and discovering who’s behind the attempts on his life, and why, is the spine around which the rest of the story is built. Lennox West is the guy who gets drawn in despite himself, determined to put Elliot’s safety first if the guy won’t do it himself. That they’re ridiculously attracted to each other and act on it provides the emotional heart of the story, but they don’t have to be screwing each other’s brains out to want to help each other. It’s just nicer that they are!
Friendly Fire delves into a lot of complicated relationships: estranged siblings who still impact everything about each other, exes trying to raise a daughter together, chosen families of all stripes whose love is bestowed without the strings that so many more traditional family structures come with. In some ways, Elliot and Lennox’s connection is one of the simplest in the whole book, because they start off as two guys who are just into each other. That doesn’t mean it isn’t passionate, or doesn’t become more complex as the story goes on, but within the confines of the story, what they have together is sweet and straightforward. Which is good, because not much else in their lives is. Their romance is a refuge from all of the crazy shit I throw at them in this novel, and I like to think they appreciate it. I certainly hope my readers do.
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About the Author
Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.
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