Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Part & Parcel
Author: Abigail Roux
Series: Sidewinder #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 321 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
Review: I will never not read a book involving the Sidewinder team. I am caught hook, line and sinker. Even if it’s not my favorite book in the series, it is still about some of my favorite characters and that alone will keep me coming back for more. Now that the Cut & Run series is completed, I am eagerly gobbling up the Sidewinder series. However, the best thing about about this book, for me, was the surprise Brick & Mortar Bookstore freebie at the end of Part & Parcel. I was dying to see how Ty and Zane would work as ‘back door” operatives and that gave me the sneak peek that I needed. But, Part & Parcel is more than Ty and Zane so…
The Sidewinder boys (including Zane here) are always being shot, stabbed, or blown up, so we begin this installment with Nick recovering from his near-death stabbing in Miami. For those who haven’t read the Cut & Run series, stop right here, you must read that series first or you will be completely lost (plus, it’s an amazing series so there is no hardship in that suggestion, trust me). Nick is left to sit and ponder. For a man used to action, all that internalized thinking is causing havoc on his mind and heart. Kelly is struggling, too. The Nick he thought he knew and the real Nick are two different people and Kelly is struggling with the two.
I’ve loved Nick from the moment he was introduced in the Cut & Run series. I still loved him when he kissed Ty and pissed off the world, but I understood him. I admit, as much as I love Zane and would never want him and Ty to split, a tiny part of me still loves the idea of Nick and Ty together. One of the things I loved most about this installment were the Nick and Ty moments. These two were meant to be best friends. Their connection is so tangible that I found myself sighing whenever they had a “moment”. It wasn’t anything Kelly or Zane needed to be concerned about though, it was just the love and loyalty between two friends who would forever have each other’s backs and hearts.
Elias Sanchez has been an enigma from the get-go. A part of me wants to go back through the entire series, all over again, just for an Eli sighting to see if I missed anything. His letters to Nick and the guys were heartbreaking, but so very necessary to get them back to where they started and learned to be a team. As sad as it was that Eli died, it was fate, considering none of the other guys would have had a road trip planned in advance to get their team back together. Makes me wonder if Eli would have forced the road trip had he lived.
I almost feel like the series is ending here, it actually could because all the guys are in a good place, but there were so many little things that popped up throughout the story that I am hopeful another book is in the works. I will always recommend this series, and the Cut & Run series, too, so if you haven’t found your way to the Sidewinder guys yet, then let me show you the way.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*