S.E. Jakes tells the story of two hot alphas who find love under the most unusual circumstances. This is a re-read for me, and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around.
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all.
Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging, and Blue vows never again.
A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.
Once Blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible—and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.
Blue and Mick have a bit of a history, not to mention sexual chemistry that is off the charts. As the result of a bet, Blue must spend an evening with Mick, at his mercy. Only Mick doesn’t show, leaving Blue angry and humiliated. A year later, they meet again under very different circumstances, with Blue ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mick puts both of their lives in jeopardy when he comes to Blue’s rescue, and they are forced to go into hiding together. At first carnal, then emotional, their bond is forged even as Mick returns to finish his job and eliminate the threatening drug lord. When Mick vanishes, Blue joins forces with Mick’s boss, Prophet, to save his lover and their future together.
I have read all but one of S.E. Jakes’ Men of Honor series and enjoy her characters and intriguing plots very much. Blue and Mick and their story are no exception, two alpha males sexually drawn to one another despite their differences as a thief and a mercenary. Their relationship is cemented through banter, a hefty amount of sex with some mild BDSM thrown in, and a common desire to take down a drug lord who is trying to develop and push an illegal sex drug. I thought these characters were likeable and fairly well drawn despite the story length of 132 pages. Blue is the more fleshed-out of the two, and I appreciated the way his backstory and internal dialogue helped to deepen my understanding of his character.
The chemistry between Blue and Mick is fierce, resulting in sex scenes that are hot, intense, and numerous. I felt, though, that some of this was over the top, and I had to suspend my belief more than once. Granted, two scenes were heavily influenced by external forces out of the characters’ control; however, I still had a difficult time believing in some of the capabilities described even outside of those particular circumstances. I was also disappointed with the tone and origin of the concluding sexual episode and felt a more satisfying encounter between the two main characters might have been one that focused on solidifying an emotional connection through a more credible, passionate encounter.
Ultimately, however, Free Falling is a relatively short, sexually charged story with an interesting plot and intriguing characters. I recommend it to S.E. Jakes fans and those who like their stories fast-paced, laced with some intrigue, and brimming with male sensuality. Although I haven’t read S.E. Jakes’ Hell or High Water books yet, it is my understanding that Free Falling is a precursor to the series. You can bet that those titles are loaded on my Kindle and ready to go!
I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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