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Published by Loveswept on May 24th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, LGBTQI, M/M, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
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Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .
Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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book review: 3.5 stars
Ta-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra ra ta-dam!!!!
I’m officially a member of the M/M Readers & Reviewers club!!! YAY!! Finally, after months of planning, I got to read my first M/M romance novel. And I couldn’t be more glad that this book set the starting point and put it on the road towards becoming one of my fav genres. So, thank you Mr. and Mr. Smith for that!
Two CIA agents; Fisher and Zach. Both involved in the same case. Both trying to protect each other from the consequences of this involvement of theirs. Both hide their true identity from the other behind a disguise. But only one of them holds a secret which is about to destroy the world as they thought they knew it so far. A secret which will be both their worst nightmare but also their salvation.
Both Fisher and Zach are two very headstrong and determined males. When they get something in their mind, they do everything to make it happen. Especially if that something is concerning the person they love; their someone. But when the bomb about the secret Zach has explodes, Fisher loses the earth under his feet. He finds himself in a space where he doesn’t know what is true or a lie, who should trust or not and how to deal with the pain the revelation of Zach’s secret causes him. And each may have his own way of facing this situation and each other, but the result of those is an undeniable amount of strength and love which makes their bond even stronger and had me stuck on my screen.
Also, the way I see it now that I have finished the book, is this: like those cases where the doctor says that, in order for the patient to get back to his/ers old shelf, s/he has to go through a great shock so his/ers brain rewind itself and function as before, so Zach and Fisher needed a great shock so they could see the real foundations of their relationship and that they were going deeper than they thought or set themselves to believe. And I may have came across the same situation hundreds of times in most of the F/M couples I have read, although, reading it in an M/M couple, it took a different substance for me. Became more special and more captivating.
HelenKay Dimon’s writing and way of unfolding the story had me a bit confused and a bit disappointed. Her choice of writing the book using double POVs which were said through a third person’s POV, underestimated not only the plot a lot, but also the characters and their connection. It kind of pushed the story into a corner and almost stripped it bare from any emotional attachment I could develop while reading it. I wasn’t able to feel their love deep in my bones and that really saddened me because this is a book whose emotions any reader must feel as their own. Besides that, I really enjoyed this book and I will always cherish it as my first M/M book I read. I am extremely curious now to read other books by Dimon because, from what I have blurb-read, her stories are based upon very interesting themes.
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