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72 Hours

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  393 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland were once far more than just fellow intelligence agents. But then a mission went horribly wrong and everything fell apart, sending Tanner into hiding and splitting the team and their affair wide apart.Now an unknown traitor is threatening the team, and their ex-boss is determined to reunite them before it's too late. She finds Tanner in a...more
ebook, 357 pages
Published September 17th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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By far my favorite of this author's many books - she's a talented writer, and I generally read everything she publishes, but I don't always *like* her stories. This one, though - not only is the writing impeccable, an absolute joy to read (though like another reviewer, I too could probably do with fewer exclamation points), but the story is engrossing, with just the right level of suspense to keep me interested and anticipating throughout without getting overly anxious, and the primary relations...more
The shadowy agency that Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland work for is under attack, leaving all the agents separated and out of touch, and Niall in need of a safe house. They're both in disgrace after their affair slopped over onto a mission, and Tanner's disappeared to a disreputable trailer park to wait out his suspension. Now, he's the best safe house available, even though closeting Niall in a small space with Tanner is a recipe for sparks flying -- there's a ton of unresolved issues betwee...more
Another great one by Clare, where characters are forced into a situation where they have to face life and love difficulties head-on, while trying to discover who is after them. I enjoyed the internal struggle Tanner goes through - the story is told in his 1st-person POV - as he realizes where he's gone wrong and comes to terms with his self-pity. Also interesting is his perception of Niall. Now that they are in forced company, Niall has the opportunity to express himself in ways he couldn't befo...more
I'm not sure how to rate this.

It's a nice story overall, with a few BUTs.

First of all, the flashbacks weren't clear. My biggest problem were the exclamation marks. Every-f-ing-where!! Like this! Or this! Uggh.
MsMiz (Tina)
I think I need to start this review by saying I love Clare London and have enjoyed her other works. This one just did not work for me, not at all. First, these are supposed to be grown men. Second, they are also Agents in some secret Team that works behind all rules and laws. Third, I *think* they are supposed to be smart. But Tanner and Niall end up being the dumbest agents and the whiniest men I have ever read. They continue to bumble through this particular mission, which happens to be a thre...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I liked this book, because the theme of re-united lovers is one of my favorites and there was a lot of introspection and I usually like it. I think the book is very well written and the setting is very interesting. The emotional and sexual tension between the two main characters is constant and I always like when there is a lot of chemistry in the main couple, something animal, like it depends more on pheromones than a personal affinity. There was the right amount of misunderstanding and miscomm...more
From a slow beginning (which was due to the need of introducing a lot of cast) this story took up speed after a few pages and became a page-turner. Written from Tanner MacKay's first person POV, the author shows the development of Tanner's and Niall's relationship in a series of flashbacks, thus breaking and easing the tenuous 72 hours it takes the heroes to get reacquainted after their bad break-up. It was speechlessness on both sides which caused them to split, although they talk a lot, partic...more
Mara Ismine
Brilliant! If I hadn't had to go to work I would've sat up all night to finish this - not that I got to sleep easily with the characters and plot buzzing around in my brain.

In a way this was an insta-love story, but the characters were too stubborn to admit their real feelings to themselves let alone each other. Much of the story is told in flashback as they are forced to face up to the past while dealing with a current crisis. It all comes to an satisfactory action packed ending.

Tanner and Nial...more
Mickie Ashling
72 Hours is an emotion packed story about two men who have serious communication malfunctions. Talk about men not wanting to ask for directions. It's no wonder the GPS was invented by a guy. Really? Sometimes you just want to knock their heads together and scream, TALK! Jeez...I loved this book by the way. Clare London's characters are so terribly real you can almost smell, taste, and feel the high tension throughout the entire novel. The deep and abiding love between Niall and Tanner jumps off...more
Loved it. Wonderful, emotional love story which had good suspense too.
Stacey Jo
This was a well written suspense/mystery novel. Tanner and Niall are part of a secret agency who has a traitor amongst them. The characters are very emotionally charged and it is this high level of tension that carries you through the book, from start to finish. The sexual tension between Tanner and Niall can be cut with a knife. The author takes a very clever approach in story telling by giving you bits and pieces of the back story in flash backs that are so well done as to be seamless within t...more
I should get a medal for actually finishing this. I am disappointed beyond words with this book. After reading The Tourist I admit I was having high expectations of this book. Perhaps this was also a reason for the low rating.

But I started rather interested in the story. It was only as I advanced with the reading that the rating dropped. Oh, why did I dislike this so much? Let me count the ways.

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Very good m/m romantic suspense about an agent for a shadowy government organization (think 24 here) who's been suspended and is hiding out, sulking, when the last man/agent he wants to see (his former lover) is deposited with him for safekeeping. You know how you read some books and get annoyed because the conflict could've been solved with some conversation? In 72 Hours, you might be tempted to think that at first, but you slowly come to understand that the critical conversations aren't always...more
Nov 18, 2010 Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers
It is such a pleasure to read Clare London's books. I've only read two, True Colors and this book 72 Hours, but I've enjoyed them both. If pushed to choose which one I thought was the best, I would have to pick True Colors. And it would only win by the slightest of margins. 72 Hours is a well crafted story and it pulled me in from the beginning and didn't let go until the last page. Ms. London is a master at weaving multilayered stories that gives the reader a feeling of being in he story. I giv...more
As a Suspense story, this one was okay. As a romance, it was wonderful. I'm here for the romance. I loved both characters. They were complex and interesting and still lovely. I enjoyed the presentation of their history. Tanner's narrative and the slow revelations of all that had happened flowed well with the main plot. The way more and more of their history was presented as got to know the characters better, worked very well for me. A really enjoyable read.
Lori K
Definitely will re-read someday.

Really enjoyed this. I liked the compactness of it; as the title suggests, most of the action takes place over 72 hours. There is quite a bit of flashback, but it worked well here. The “past history” was a matter of months ago, and those events and emotions were still very relevant to the characters in the present timeline.

The plot, involving an ill-defined secret branch of government taxed with handling crises of particular political delicacy, was thin but serviceable. It presented an engaging...more
Thomaidha Papa
I started reading this book with great expectations, however I was very disappointed. I expected a fast reading, wrapped in suspense and an intense plot, I didn’t get them. What troubled me even more was the lack of knowledge and realistic facts in the storyline. When it comes to police, secret agents, military and crime I expect real effort from the authors and some research to be done. This book was completely amateurish and left me unsatisfied.
The story is about two secret agents, Tanner Mac...more
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This book almost didn't work for me. It did pick up towards the end, but the entire book, I frankly didn't like either of the MCs. Reading about how much they hate each other and how their relationship fell apart was stressful and unenjoyable. Tanner's flashbacks on Niall made me not like Niall, while his own actions made me not like him very much. They both seemed a bit immature to be part of this top secret clandestine group. And the way their relationship fell so horribly to pieces made me fe...more
I agree with MsMiz - Are Tanner and Niall boys (or girls) or men? And are we really supposed to believe they are crack-shot undercover agents (of a sort)? Really? They seem incredibly unable to focus when lives are in danger so they prove to be a danger to themselves and others as well. Sheesh. The 'undercover story' part of this is just not well done enough for me (some of us do read le Carré after all!!!) nor does it meld well with these characters.

That being said... insert big dopey, smiley f...more
Nancy L
4.5 stars. I liked the back story and can easily see where it all went wrong and how real it is. Yes, I could have slapped them both upside the head, but they're men acting just like....MEN. Interesting mystery and conclusion. The supporting character just didn't seem like they were essential to the story. Other than strong feeling of kicking their asses collectively, there wasn't much emotional involvement for me, so 4.5 stars
Helen Shaw
I really, really wanted to like this story but after the 2nd completely impossible sexual positioning the author wrote, I just couldn't get there. Two guys, classic 69 position, no one's testicles are hitting the other one's throat right? Nose or forehead, yes; throat, no. Maybe I miss read the scene. *shrugs*
my edition has 266 pages and its a trade paperback.
i'm at the point now where the plot is interfering with the hot sex.

okay refound the plot, Team Project is a good family and the trailer park family is a good team.
I really liked this book. I'm a fan of angst and sexual tension so this was right up my alley. I'll look for more from this author.
Well written story. Very good. Except for the flashbacks. I hate those.
Great story, Really enjoyed the two main characters. Lots of suspense.
Could easily give ten points, though.
Loved this book!
Review to come
Aug 14, 2012 ttg rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 stars. A very readable m/m suspense-mystery-romance about two security agents whose team is being targeted by an unknown attacker, and they try to sort out who is the culprit while at the same time sorting out their mixed-up emotions about each other.

Tanner, our first-person POV, is under work suspension after mistakes from an earlier mission, and has chosen to spend his time hidden away from the team, wallowing in a dilapidated trailer in a trailer park. His self-imposed solitude is broken...more
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