Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Soldier of Fortune
Author: S.J. Frost
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 140 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: November 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Mercenary. Gun for hire. Soldier of fortune. That’s Conrad Dane. Maybe he hasn’t always done things the right way in his life, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. And sometimes, it takes doing the wrong thing, to get the right results. These days, he’s backing out of the underworld, taking more jobs in the open in personal protection. He’s contracted to protect a rising politician and gets more than he expected. Not from bad guys, but from the politician’s son, Lucas.
Lucas likes the good guys, both in his favorite comic book superheroes and the men he forges relationships with. Conrad isn’t the kind of man he goes for, but that’s not stopping Lucas from being drawn to him, wanting to be closer to him.
Conrad and Lucas can’t deny their attraction toward each other. When someone targeting Lucas’s father pulls Lucas into danger as well, Conrad will do whatever it takes to keep Lucas safe.
Review: Great cover and promising blurb, and I so wanted to love this book. Seriously, look at that cover, it is totally hot and screams alpha, warrior, badass and I’m-going-to-make-you-pay hotness. But unfortunately, the story, and Conrad’s badassery, fell a little short. I think this was a case of expecting one thing and getting another. This is a great love affair and romance, but I was teased with that cover and wanted them to work hard for it…very, very hard. I think if I didn’t read the blurb or see the cover I might have been more satisfied with the story. So yeah, that’s all on me, because S.J. Frost is an amazing writer, and I believe I have read everything she has ever written, and loved most of them.
Conrad and Lucas are really sweet together. There really is not much in the way of angst between the couple, as the issue is with the threat against Lucas and his dad, thus the reason for Conrad and his “skills”. I did love the way Conrad was “take no prisoners” and non apologetic about who he was and what he did for a living. That part I loved. I also loved that Lucas and his dad had a great relationship and his being gay was not an issue. We need more of that in our MM books. But mostly, this was a fluffy romance with a side dish of drama. The mystery was not very mysterious as the bad guy is pretty obvious, but I enjoyed watching it play out. The only thing I was bummed about was not getting to see Lucas or his dad confront the bad guy…that all played off page and I was kind of surprised when I turned the page and they were on a plane to Conrad’s place. Oh well, you can’t love everything and I know many will fall over the sweetness wrapped up inside this book, but for me I was looking for a little more grit. Next time.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*