This pulled me in pretty quickly. I’m not normally a huge fan of futuristic stories, but I didn’t have any trouble with A review by The Blogger Girls.
This pulled me in pretty quickly. I’m not normally a huge fan of futuristic stories, but I didn’t have any trouble with this one. It takes place about 20 years in the future after the world has been turn upside down. Travis and Ian are operatives with 15 year contracts working for a covert organization whose main goal is to take out and/or neutralize terrorists that have basically taken over.
Unfortunately, both Ian and Travis have been having a difficult time lately and been screwing up their respective missions. As a last chance effort, their handlers decide to take a different route with them. They can either learn to live and work as a team with them both succeeding, or they will both be put on desk jobs for the rest of their contracts.
Both guys have bad history, though Ian seems to have gotten the worst of it. His violent past causes him to shy away from weapons while, at the same time, uses sex and seduction to disassociate from relationships. Travis is extremely smart, but a bit of a loose cannon, using excessive force to get the job done. Essentially, Travis must keep Ian from using sex to accomplish their missions while Ian must keep Travis from killing everyone. In the meantime, it seems their handlers (who have a much more personal connection with these guys) believe that Travis and Ian becoming partners in every sense may be their only chance. Of course, they both fight the idea.
Even though Ian has been a bit of a man whore up to this point, we get glimpses into his past explaining a bit into why this is the case. Oh, and he is also a submissive, but there’s glimpses into that as well. Some of the flashbacks are quite brutal and definitely had me cheering for Ian through the whole story. He is such a damaged individual; it is hard not to feel for him.
Travis hasn’t had the best of things either, though nothing compares to Ian’s troubles. He has had a few failed relationships where he now believes men only want him for his brawn and abilities as a Dom. Again, there is more to this story as well. I really hope the plan works, and that these two are able to heal each other, though I’m afraid it isn’t going to be that easy.
There is a lot of backstory being told here, unfortunately through flashbacks, which I am really not fond of. There were also a few things that felt off, like them being pushed to screw each other, but, all in all, I was intrigued to the end which, by the way, is when they finally do have sex. There wasn’t really any BDSM stuff in this segment other than segments from Ian’s past and hints of it the future. This ends with the set up that they are now starting a relationship and going to work as a team, still under the watchful eyes of their handlers. I read this in just about one sitting, wasn’t quite ready for it to end, and am excited for the next one. ...more
I was a bit torn with this one. On one hand, I enjoyed most of it. On the other, I was a bit disappointed. I loved the idea. Master P comes across TriI was a bit torn with this one. On one hand, I enjoyed most of it. On the other, I was a bit disappointed. I loved the idea. Master P comes across Trick "tricking" and decides to save him and offer him a chance at a better life. Unfortunately, things become a bit far fetched at this point. Master P does give him a place to stay, etc. but offers Trick a job "training as his sub" on his employer's live video stream site. There was quite a bit of bad bdsm behavior that also didn't sit very well with me.
That said, I loved Trick/Wade's character. He is a total sweetheart who has had a rough life when his parents kicked him out when he came out. He's been living on the streets for four years, doing what he must to survive.
This doesn't have much of an HEA and a fairly weak HFN. Hoping to see more closure in the next story....more
This was my least favorite of the series so far. I'm not sure if it was the number of characters involved, or that it was mostly sex with very little This was my least favorite of the series so far. I'm not sure if it was the number of characters involved, or that it was mostly sex with very little moving plot. What wasn't sex, which was really hot, by the way, was very repetitive - Peter not believing he can find love a second time, rehashing over and over how he felt for Arvel and Gareth but that he didn't love them, etc. I wasn't sure how I felt about Caelen coming into the picture, but I think it worked for the story. I wasn't thrilled with the insta love Peter and he had, especially after Peter spent the entire book talking himself out of it with anyone. Still looking forward to the next segment though, so I'm off to get started....more