Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Mercenary Trust
Author: Frey Ortega
Series: Unit Alpha #1
Heroes: Daniel Walsh/Nicolas Castillo
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 125 Pages
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Two years ago, Daniel Walsh’s life went to shit. He found out his boyfriend of six years was actually cheating on him and got laid off from his job. So Daniel, no longer having anything tying him down to the city, decided to travel the world…
But then reality rears its ugly head. Now twenty-six, with no work and no money, Daniel has moved back to the city where a visit to his mother brings him face-to-face with a certain Nicolas Castillo.
Nick is a thirty-year-old ex-Marine just trying to live a civilian life after military service … or so he says. The truth is that he’s a member of an elite, black ops mercenary team called Unit Alpha.
When a mission brings Nick closer to people in Daniel’s past, he can’t believe the good-natured man has such close ties to some nasty people. But it also unleashes a protective instinct inside Nick unlike any he’s ever felt before.
With so many suspicious happenings in Daniel’s past, how can he earn the mercenary’s trust?
Review: So much potential in this story. I loved the blurb and the opening chapter was exciting, heartbreaking, and right up my alley, but then it all seemed to just fall apart. The action was gone and in it’s place was a whole lot of telling and not a lot of showing. I am not a big fan of reading about how someone feels, I need to see it happening. Plus Cece was just too strange for me, even at the end, I just didn’t get her character at all.
Daniel starts out swinging, literally, when he catches his boyfriend, Thad, cheating. That was great, and a great start to the book. Thad is a bad guy, in more than ways than one, so I was not sad to see Daniel moving on. Then two years later, Daniel meets his mother’s new neighbor, a black ops mercenary (though he doesn’t know that yet) named Nick. The whole team, Unit Alpha, live together, and I can see where this series is heading, but at the point, I was just not sure if I was going to stay on for the ride.
However, that little twist in the middle of the book completely grabbed me and I was once again all excited. The action was back. That unexpected action saved this book for me. I was sitting there all bummed because this six foot four mercenary was sounding like a timid church mouse and then all of a sudden he went all Rambo…and I was back in the game. So many twists and turns and finally mercenaries doing what they do best. I was all on board for the military parts but I was not sold on the romance. The romance literally takes place over a period of two days and it just did not work for me, at all. As much as I am curious to see what happens between Caleb and Thad, I am hesitant to say I will definitely continue with this series.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*