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- File Size : 1603 KB
- Publication Date : January 14, 2020
- Print Length : 212 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08376R7JD
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,017 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kyle is a motorcross racer traveling across Europe when he mets up with his cousin Warren, an Army Ranger, in Germany. Which is how he meets Warren's colleague, a CIA agent named Steve. Warren and Kyle grew up together, acting more like brothers than cousins due to some family rift not really explained. Being of Chippewa heritage, much is made of the fact they look so much alike that people can't tell them apart. When mercenaries kidnap Kyle instead of Warren, the race is on to rescue him before it's too late.
Even though Steve feels his job makes a relationship impossible, he sure dives into one pretty fast. After their first night together, Kyle leaves for his next race but they keep in touch, have phone sex. Even when they meet back up, there are sentences like: "they managed to see each other a few times during the week." So really the story is telling you without showing you what happens between the sex, which doesn't encourage the reader to be emotionally connected to the characters, their lives, nor their relationship. I didn't feel the chemistry even though I'm told it's there. The sex scenes, though explicit, didn't feel that hot to me, but I appreciated the sense of fun and laughter at times. Yep, you are allowed to be stupid and have fun during sex. Yet, as soon as he is out of the hospital, of course there is sex, which I'm not sure is necessary. Then later in the story is this quote: "He used it [lube] liberally, trying to get the stretching done fast. Even though that was normally fun foreplay for them, he wanted to get to the best part, the most intimate part." No. That is not the most intimate part of sex. So as an erotic romance, this didn't work for me.
It also didn't work for me as an action adventure. When Kyle is not at the ticket booth at the festival, Steve freaks out and I'm not sure why. He could have gone to use the toilet! Why is the immediate response panic? After the fact that Kyle and Warren look like twins is mentioned to the reader numerous times, the only one who thinks about that when Kyle is taken is Steve, who has to point it out to the rest of the highly trained, elite, special forces team. Spy novels are referenced several times and it seems there wasn't too much research done into what a CIA agent's job might be like, even for Steve before he became one. Steve is supposed to be trained at gathering intelligence, but doesn't know how to search the dark web. That is ridiculous. In fact, because it is mentioned so much in books, I tried it. It's not the navigating that is difficult; it is paying for things without getting caught that is difficult. Then there is the complete lack of professionalism when Kyle is taken and Warren falls apart and ceases to function.
I have to say, this wasn't my cup of tea. There wasn't much depth here, so all the characters fell flat for me. There are about eighteen characters in this story, but the reader only gets to know three of them: Kyle, Steve, and maybe Warren. This is not helped by the fact that one character is half of the time called Chase, and half of the time called Jackson. In fact the author seems to know this since in chapter 17, the reader is told that Oz is Kyle's manager, again, but I actually found it helpful. Most of the characters are interchangeable military men with nicknames. When Steve and Kyle make changes to their lives in order be together, all new characters get thrown into the last five percent of the book. Or are they from another book and I missed something? Some guy named Jeff lectured to Kyle at the end and it really annoyed me, but it felt like a poke at people who think they know how dangerous these men's jobs are, but honestly have no idea. I think the point here is that Kyle knows more than most since he "lived it" for two days in an attempt for the author to show that they will have their HEA and can make it for the long haul.
The cover by Kris Jacen shows the motorcoss part of the book, but don't communicate the terrorist and military action elements.
The kidnapping plot happened way too soon in my opinion, and left me wondering again how these two guys could practically be in love with one another so soon. Most of the bonding they do for their relationship must happen off page since the beginning of their time together is mostly spent apart, with Steve doing CIA work and Kyle touring/competing. Kyle's kidnapping would've been more engaging and emotional if I actually cared about him, but at such an early point I didn't.
This book has a fun storyline but suffers a bit from too much telling and not enough showing. I also felt like I was missing info from another series when Delta Force showed up and the characters understood the significance while I didn't.
Overall a light read with a fine story.
Kyle and Steve are steamy, sweet, caring and will make you feel their connection. I loved how the respected each other and how their relationship grew and so did their communication. They really acted like adult men and i loved that. I so enjoyed the last chapter and cannot wait for more!
This is book one of the Special Forces: Operation Alpha series and i am so excited for the next book. This series is going to be awesome!
I was gifted this book from the author and i freely give my honest opinion and review.