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After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He’s very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.
Nick knows all of Kelly’s quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part . . . or so he thought. But what should’ve been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address.
Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other—friends and brothers in arms, or something even deeper?—before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.
Before I start gushing, I should note my disclaimers:
I am without a doubt, a die-hard Cut & Run addict. I love Ty and Zane like no other and therefore, by default I love their boys. To clarify, I haven’t always loved Nick, but he’s recently grown on me. Does this alter my opinion of this book? Absofreakinlutely.
I also crush on men in uniforms…they are my weakness.
I’m a sucker for steamy friends-to-lovers tales, and this is by far the hottest GFY I have ever had the pleasure of watching burn. Annndd holy smokes does it ever sizzle and blaze.
Right, so now that that’s out of the way….let’s get started.
Team Sidewinder was threatened yet refused to fall during the last stand in New Orleans. Rolling along right after ‘Touch & Geaux’, Kelly is released from the hospital recovering from his brush with the grim reaper. Nick steps up and takes responsibility for his care during the tough road of healing that lies ahead. Kelly may be in agony, but he has no fear thanks to the steadfast sexy nursemaid at his beck and call.
A fuzzy mind brings clarity to the possibilities starring him in the face. Their therapeutic means for pain relief may cross a line for some, (yah mon, smoke i di ganja and pop a pill for da suffering) but honestly, all I could do was giggle along with them.
Brothers in arms, they have fiercely loved one another as far back as memory holds. There are no secrets to protect, no past to hide… only a future to explore. They would sacrifice their lives for the other, but will they risk their hearts as well?
It swiftly heats up and never cools down. The love…the trust…the longing… all of it is exceptional. The snarky humor and luxury of comfort they share is remarkable. The bond was already present, just suddenly shines in a whole new light. It was….simple and easy, and yet it was stimulating and extraordinary.
Allow me to give you a taste….
“’Is the rest of it like that too?’ Kelly asked. Nick ran his teeth across his lip, beginning to nod. ‘Isn’t it always if you have the right dance partner?’”
“’They both grinned, meeting each other’s eyes. The warmth and excitement of new attraction were bolstered by years of history. Years of camaraderie. Years of comfort. It was something entirely new, and it was something that just felt right.”
The rest of the team does indeed make a quick cameo, and I savored every moment. I was left with a racing heart, a gaping mouth and tears in my eyes.
An unbelievable conclusion and this was my single complaint….the story cut out just after 75%. I scarcely refrained from tossing my kindle and pulling two-year old style tantrum. I absolutely despise when a story is misrepresented on its length. However, when I put my tears away and pulled myself together I read the tease for the upcoming sequel. Sweet mercy, did that right my world again! The bit from ‘Bait and Switch’ left me with a full and happy heart.
Rivaling for one of my top five couples, Kelly and Nick have scored a spot in my heart. I’m not ashamed to say, the countdown has already begun for the sequel.
I want it….I need it….till then, I’ll submerge myself in rereads to suffice my fix.
Title: Shock & Awe (Sidewinder #1)
Author: Abigail Roux
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Purchase Links: Riptide