Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Fighting Man
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Series: Men of Manhattan #3
Heroes: Slater Cassidy/Casper Kennedy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 103 Pages
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.
Casper Kennedy is fighting a losing battle. A certain outrageously demonstrative Army Ranger has been a thorn in his side since his last trip home – and the main character in his steamiest dreams. Now he’s back. He launches an all-out sensual assault and no matter how hard Casper pushes Slater away, the man somehow manages to inch closer. So close, in fact, that Casper’s once-impenetrable defenses are in danger of collapsing. Should he throw up the white flag and take a chance at love? Or start firing back and keep his heart protected? When the handsome Ranger shows his true colors, Casper just might have to surrender the fight.
Review: This is – hands down – my favorite of the series – so far. Slater is Spencer’s brother and Casper is Blaine’s employee – so we get to see the whole gang some more!
Slater is a military man and a player, and Casper’s first and only love died in the military during “don’t ask don’t tell” so he’s gun-shy. I think what makes this story so good is that the connection between these guys actually moves forward at a somewhat believable pace. Casper takes a while to woo but Slater is determined.
I also liked that it wasn’t all hearts and roses once they got together. Slater ends up injured and it takes him awhile to get back to where he was before, psychologically. It was nice to have some “realism” thrown in there.
There are lots of feels, some really touching moments with Slater’s friend, Ramos, and Casper’s boss, Drakos, and I really liked the sentiment these guys shared in regards to Casper’s ex, Mason.
Overall, I thought this was thoughtful, sweet, sexy and a really great part of the series.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*