Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Lex Valentine
Heroes: Shane Cullen/Elliott Hutchens
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 82 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: November 17, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Two soldiers, former lovers, each think they are saving the other from a South American drug cartel, all the while rehashing their broken relationship.
Green Beret Shane Cullen has been undercover for the DEA with a South American drug cartel. Eighteen months into his assignment, and unbeknownst to Shane, the cartel’s number two man is captured by the U.S. Marshals and starts to talk. Shane’s mission becomes endangered. His Special Forces commander calls in a favor and pulls in Shane’s former lover and teammate Elliott Hutchens for an extraction.
Elliott hasn’t seen Shane in almost two years, since his lover walked out on him. But Shane’s in trouble and doesn’t know it, so Elliott can’t refuse the mission. Getting himself captured by the cartel in order to force Shane to rescue him is the easy part. The hard part comes when Shane discovers he’s the real extraction, not Elliott. Shane’s bad temper ended their relationship once before. Will it get in the way again or can these two soldiers work through their issues and find their way to a happy ever after?
Review: Hot military guys, undercover, extracted and reunited! Sign me up! I will admit that the who was actually rescuing who confused me a bit throughout this story, but it isn’t really a major factor or the main story line, so I easily moved past that. Once these guys get out is when the sparks really start to fly.
It seems as though Shane was sent to rescue Elliott, but was doing so on the guise that Elliott was in trouble, when, in actuality, he was chosen because of his relationship to Elliott. In other words, they knew he would take the job when he found out his lover was in danger. However, they haven’t seen each other for almost two years – since Shane up and walked away without so much as a note, taking the undercover assignment that led to the ensuing extraction. Apparently, he was unable to cope with the fact that Elliott almost died in a previous mission, so, he just left the love of his life and didn’t look back, until now. It was this odd scenario that made it hard for me to believe in these guys. There was a myriad of miscommunications in relation to their “breakup” which did help explain some things, and they did have to hash things out before moving forward once again.
Once Shane and Elliott resolve their issues, it is easy to see the chemistry and love they shared, though that reminded me of how Shane could have just walked away in the first place. 😀 I loved how Shane finally accepted he needed help to get over some of his issues. These guys needed to face things in order to move on and continue to grow, and this story did a great job showing that.
This was a fast-paced read, easily read in one sitting. I loved the military and undercover aspects, as well as the close bond of the team. If you’re looking for a hot military guy story about reconciliation and resolution with a nice HEA, give this one a try.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*