Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Can’t Hide From Me
Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Heroes: Charles Hunter/Ángel Medina
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 9 Hours, 8 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location – until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen in years. Their “simple rescue mission” is about to get a lot more complicated.
For Ángel Medina, adjusting to life after his cartel nightmare is hard enough without confronting memories of a failed relationship. All he wants is a fresh start. But when a violent stalker lashes out from the shadows, Ángel realizes his nightmare is far from over.
As the stalker’s obsession escalates and bodies start dropping, Charles and Ángel are thrown together in a desperate search for the culprit. Tempers flare and old passions reignite, drawing them back into the same turbulent relationship that once ended in disaster.
But the stalker isn’t letting go – and the next strike might hit straight through the heart.
Review – Book: Susan reviewed the book here.
I think there are two, maybe three, ways to approach this story.
- As a piece of fiction wherein the reader is free to assume that what they are reading does not represent the real world and to simply experience the story for what it is – mostly action, adventure, some mystery and a fair amount of (mostly angry) sex.
- As a piece of fiction that leans towards “romance” in that the central MCs, in addition to their professional struggles, also wrestle with some relationship issues and in the end resolve those issues.
- As an accurate representation of the world with a fictional set of circumstances and characters.
I think, if you read a few reviews out there, that #3 is probably not fair. There have been several good points raised about racism and flaws in how the governmental agencies are portrayed. However, if you remember that this is fiction, that might not feel as bad. Racism is a tough, slipper slope, however, and I’m not sure it’s as easy as all that to disregard. I think the author was just trying to pick a bad guy – the cartel – and that the rest of the country (Mexico) got sort of sublimated into it unintentionally. However, that is for the reader to decide – but be aware that that issue is present in this story and it’s hard to ignore.
As for #2 – that’s a tough one for me. Loosely defined, this is absolutely a romance, but I’m not sure it’s the central focus. If it is it does leave a bit to be desired – IMHO. I liked the HFN we got, but I’m not sure it satisfied the romantic in me enough. I never quite warmed up to these guys or felt their connection was authentic beyond the physical. I also didn’t like the “open” aspect of their relationship and – though it is explained – didn’t like many things that transpired between these two, relationship-wise.
So… who do I think would like this? Anyone who loves mystery, intrigue, drama and angry sex. Who should avoid it? Anyone who is sensitive to cultural bias, who wants romance to be the central theme, anyone particularly squeamish about violence.
Susan gave this 4.5 of 5 stars and I think I’d give it 3 of 5 stars – there is some to like, just maybe not enough for me.
Review – Audio: What made this book more tolerable for me was Nick J Russo’s excellent narration. I love the subtle accents he used for the myriad characters and I find him very easy to listen to. He kept me engaged when I might have been inclined to skim or skip chapters.
5 of 5 for the narration
Overall 4 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*