- File Size: 4323 KB
- Print Length: 50 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (April 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQP5BGQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
An Unexpected Shot Kindle Edition
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I really wasn’t sure how to rate this short story. My conflict is – it was really interesting, but the fact that it’s so short meant that I was left frustrated and without all the answers. I try to avoid the usual – this short story needed to be longer – but in the case of An Unexpected Shot, it really needs to be said.
Private Investigator, Darius, meets Rick when he arrives at Darius’s office to collect his 12-year-old honorary nephew, Parker. Parker is insisting that his parents are missing, but Rick is equally insistent that they’re merely away on holiday. At Rick’s invitation Darius ends up at Rick’s home to have dinner with Rick and Parker, which ends with the two men in bed together.
Which is where it all got very interesting, but much too complicated for 39 pages. There’s talk of the two men entering a relationship, but an open relationship, which includes elements of BDSM and so many rules that it really needed to be given more page time. As it was, Rick lays out his requirements, Darius agrees, and they move on to the next plot point. It felt as though it should have been a point of conflict in the story, but there was no time to expand upon it. If it was never intended to add any type of conflict, or alternatively some depth of personal reflection, it was a rather superfluous inclusion in such a short story. There really wasn’t a need for it at all.
From here we move on to the 30 year old mystery of dozens of murdered children, which really just came out of nowhere and made me wonder what the hell had just happened, and then finally the men arrive with the guns, as per the blurb. As I said, all of this was very interesting, and I loved how the authors tied everything together into a complex plot, but complex plot and 39 pages are two descriptions that rarely work together.
I think that I would have truly loved this story if it had been significantly longer, but as it is, I was left unsatisfied and a little confused.
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I think it was a good idea, but I’m not sure it was perfectly executed. Perhaps it got something to do with the length of it, a little more words would be perfect and the mystery might be a little more interesting. I don’t think I had the opportunity of guessing what the mystery was, there wasn’t any hint and I love trying to guess, but there just wasn’t possible. The pace was just too fast to even understand what was going on and I felt lost a lot of times, especially in the action scenes.
The characters were nice, I liked them all, especially Parker, even though he didn’t have much on page time. I was a little intimidated by Rick’s attitude, I guess I’m not used to someone so upfront as he was, so self-assured and who really knows what he wants and don’t hesitate to ask for it. I felt off guard about him and I didn’t knew what to expect, which made him a great character. I can’t say the say about Darius, he was likable but he felt a little plane and I didn’t care about him as much as I did for Rick. I didn’t liked them together that much, I don’t felt like they had a real connection and the way the relationship was developed felt too forced.
In general it was a nice book. What I liked the most about it was Rick, he was an interesting character and I really liked the family dynamics, even though it wasn’t entirely explore, but I felt like it was a great potential there. I enjoyed it, but I truly would wish it was a lot longer, I think I would like it more. It was my first book from the authors but I’m intrigued for what I’d read and I’ll keep my eyes on them.
Over the past six months I’ve seen a fair number of authors expand short stories into a full-length novel. I’d love to see that with this title because it really does have interesting characters, loads of action, secrets and intrigue, and a good dose of heat. Considering how quickly all those components came together and how enjoyable it was despite its brevity, I can only imagine how good the story would be if there had been time to develop all the potential subplots and suspense more fully. Even so, I though this made for an exciting short story and enjoyed the writing style enough to look forward to more from each of the authors. If you’re in need of a shot of adrenaline, An Unexpected Shot is for you.
*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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