Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Shock & Awe
Author: Abigail Roux
Narrator: Brock Thompson
Series: Sidewinder #1
Heroes: Kelly Abbott/Nick O’Flaherty
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 hours, 57 minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book: Excellent start to the new Cut & Run side series starring Nick and Kelly. Holy hotness Batman, Nick is amazing in the bedroom. My jaw dropped numerous times with the words coming out of his mouth….and Kelly is absolutely perfect for him. The humor, the honestly, the love between two friends turned lovers was done in the most satisfying of ways.
The way these guys take care of each other, and not just Nick and Kelly, but the whole Sidewinder team, is everything. I’ve yet to read another MM series that has one hundred percent sold me…hook, line, and sinker, than Cut & Run, and now, Sidewinder.
Besides the humor and honesty in the dialogue, I especially loved the airport scenes…they all just broke my heart, sniff.
My only complaint…..because I am selfish, is that is was waaaaaay too short.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
Review – Audio: The narrator, Brock Thompson, was good, and I totally loved his Nick voice. Nick had just enough of a hint of Boston in him that it was believable for me. But, the Kelly voice was a tad too breathy for me, even after Kelly was mostly healed it seemed he was still always out of breath.
I think I am spoiled with audio’s because I want my narrator to perform the scenes, not just read the book. I didn’t get that with this story and it took away from my enjoyment a little bit. I think it was the cadence of the storytelling that threw me off.
However, I loved Nick enough that I was able to put that peeve away, sit back, and enjoy. Looking forward to book two; now that I know the voices, it should be an easier adjustment.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*