Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z
Heroes: Elliot McKenzie/Lennox West
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 252 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.
Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.
But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.
Review: This is a great read about two men who are learning to accept their pasts and move forward. Elliot took his own less-than-stellar history to a whole new level by creating a business structure that helped the elite of the elite who also were trying to move on from past mistakes. Elliot is a cool cucumber, he takes control of every aspect of his life and it seems no matter what he comes out smelling like a rose…until he gains himself a stalker.
Enter Lennox, a bi-sexual, divorcee and father of a temperamental teen, who is suffering from PTSD from his time in the military in the war zone. The title of book alone gives that part away, but in case it wasn’t clear, his time with a therapist is italicized throughout until we get to exactly why he is suffering so much. In the meantime, he works in security and becomes instrumental in trying to keep Elliot safe from his stalker situation…which just escalates throughout the story.
Elliot and Lennox are a sexy pair, and I loved their sexy times together. The fact that Lennox’s bisexuality was not a limiting factor in their relationship was a plus, but his ex-wife, in my opinion, was annoying. She was way too bossy and I really didn’t like the way Lennox was all alpha male with everything but his ex. That relationship, probably more than anything, is what kept me from totally loving this book. It was good, but it could have been so much better. But still, I highly recommend it and think you will love it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*