Monday, November 23, 2015

Stranded by HelenKay Dimon

Title: Stranded
Author: HelenKay Dimon 
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Cabe and Brax
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: Riptide
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

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My Review:
I'll admit I had no idea what this book was about when I sat down to read it. I just knew it was an m/m holiday book by HelenKay Dimon...sold on all accounts. So I was really shocked when I started reading and realized this was much more romantic suspense in that both mc's are assassins who have a wild history that involved attempted murder and espionage. Even more SOLD!

I started reading and didn't want to put it down, until I unraveled all the threads of what happened between Brax and Cabe. Wow, what a tangled web, but it made for a sexy, drama and angst filled read that I simply LOVED. When the book begins the reader has no idea what happened between these two men...only that in the last year, they were supposed to both have died and that there was a once-in-a-lifetime type love between them that somehow got completely blown up in the aftermath. As each little detail and twist emerges the full story becomes more and more shocking and more and more heartbreaking. 

This is seriously my type of story. I loved all the twists and turns in it. That made for a riveting read and the fact that it takes place in a snowy wilderness during the holidays...all the better. 

I may not have realized what I was getting when I picked up this story, but it was so much more and so much better than I expected. I truly and thoroughly enjoyed it. (And I know I didn't say much about the actual story, but that's because I don't want to write anything that might provide a spoiler.)

Read it and enjoy untwisting the mystery of the past and present between these men. I think you'll like it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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