Title: Part & Parcel
Author: Abigail Roux
My Rating: A+
Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Sidewinders #3
Main Characters: Nick and Kelly
Release Date: December 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
This book...wow...emotional doesn't begin to cover it. I literally bawled off and on throughout the final 25% of the book. Well, really through all of it, but mostly through the end.
The Sidewinders were a team of spec ops guys...six of them. Over the years we've gotten to know them through the Sidewinders and Cut & Run books, but only the five members who are still alive...Kelly, Nick, Digger, Owen, and Ty. Eli died before any of the books take place...but he's been a ghost throughout the series, too. In this book the remaining Sidewinders are dealing with his literal ghost. When he died he left a box of letters to Nick with instructions for the team. Nick never realized they were there until this book. This is the story of the team and them finding their ways back to one another...and after the last year they've had, they really need that.
There is so much emotion to this story. Every time a letter from Eli was read, I'd start crying. In the past year, Nick almost died and there has been some serious turmoil within the guys' friendships and the new relationship between Nick and Kelly. They are all floundering a bit although their ties that bind them to one another are still really strong. They just need a reminder as to why and how those bonds grew so strong...and that becomes their 2 week quest based upon the instructions Eli left them.
It is not an easy book to read...just because they are honoring their friend who died...but they are also trying to find the threads of their friendships and reconnect those too. These are tough military guys who have been to hell and back many times over together. They don't show weakness, but in this book they do. Eli tears them down and then builds them back up again from the grave.
In the midst of all this is Nick and Kelly trying to find their new normal together. Nick almost died...after lying for a year to Kelly about everything. That isn't easy for either one of them to get over. Add to that...Nick is still struggling through his recovery and being the weak one of the group...not the norm for the guy who is normally their rock...their foundation. Eli showed that so beautifully.
The entire book is gorgeous. It's about friendship and commitment and what military men go through and how those bonds wrought in trauma are so incredibly strong. It's about a family that they chose and how they will do anything for one another no matter what. I cried through so much of the book, but that's because the connection between these men is so strong, it's humbling. I loved them before this book, but I love them even more now.
Please, please, please don't let this be the last Sidewinder book. While it's a perfect finish for them, I'm not ready to let them go. I love these men and am so happy that I've gotten to share in the reading of their stories.
(Note: I have a print copy of the book that I bought and it has a short snippet from Brick & Mortar Books...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let this be the glimpse of an upcoming spinoff series. PLEASE!!!)