Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Out of CTRL
Author: S.A. Welsh
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 160 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Andrew had no intention of ever going back home. But circumstances force him to face his painful past and the friend who betrayed him.
Andrew Finley has no intention of going back to his hometown—ever. After he gets caught hacking the CIA, he builds himself a new life as a computer guy for the very government agency he tried to hack. But over the past few months something has been bothering him, and his boss is acting more paranoid than usual. Every time an operation failed, Andrew collected information that could prove someone was selling secrets and now he’s pretty sure his boss is trying to kill him, so he has no choice but to go back home to buy some time. Going home may be more dangerous than facing his boss, though, considering his former best friend and first crush Teddy had betrayed him and let his evil sister and her minions send him running nine years ago.
But he’s back now and not everything is as clear-cut as he thought. Teddy may not be a Judas but can Andrew catch his fireman without getting burned, or is coming home going to kill him?
One corrupt boss, one evil sister, enough family drama to fill a dozen daytime chat shows and an ex-best friend who he’s been in love with for half his life makes for one hell an interesting trip home.
Review: Family issues and misunderstandings abound in this story.
Andrew left his home after what he believed was a very big betrayal by his best friend and his sister. But, it isn’t quite what you think. His sister is an evil, careless bitch who orchestrated and is involved in everything that leads to all of Andrew’s problems. For the sake of his family, who has always turned a somewhat blind eye to the sister’s actions, he leaves and makes his own life.
He’s a computer geek, a masterful hacking computer geek, who got caught by the feds and was given the “option” of working for them or going to prison. This is part of the side story and another of Andrew’s major problems. He’s basically between a rock and a hard place. He has been gathering info on his boss’ shady dealings but has yet to find anyone he can trust enough to hand over the information.
When he finally does go home to visit, family issues come to a head and things are cleared up with Teddy, his big firefighting best friend, though it takes a while for all the details to come out and then be believed by the parties involved. Once it does, they are really sweet together. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before Andrew’s troubles chase him down. Teddy sticks by him as things heat up, which is good, because it seems Andrew has very few people he can trust as the danger grows.
There is a bit of mystery and intrigue here, and even though it’s a bit unrealistic at times, I quite enjoyed the overall story. The guys were great together – a big lovable alpha Teddy and seemingly shy computer nerd Andrew. It was nice to see Andrew patch things up a bit more with his family as well. This is a fairly fast-paced story, and while it didn’t blow me away, I found it quite enjoyable.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*