Title: Zero At the Bone
Author: Jane Seville
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Alan Smith
Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Main Characters: Jack and D
Release Date: April 2014 (audiobook)
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Sexual Intensity: hot
After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.My Review:
Okay, for as long as I've been reading m/m, this book has been on my to read list just because everyone raves about it. When i saw the audio was available, I knew that it was time. And now I get it...just why everyone loves this book. It's a fascinating story about the unlikely romance between two heroes who shouldn't have ever been in a place to fall in love...but then they did. Seriously, LOVE unlikely romances when the author can make it work.
And this definitely is an unlikely love story since D is the hitman sent to kill Jack, a surgeon who was unlucky enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time...which means he's now the key witness against a huge mob boss and everyone is gunning for him. The problem is...D doesn't kill people who don't deserve it. An innocent surgeon falls under that umbrella and D decides to take Jack under his wing and protect him. Just because D doesn't kill him, doesn't mean that other hitmen won't take the job. But there's so much more brewing to this story line...both on D and Jack's side...and as they run for their lives...they both find a new reason why they really need to live.
It's a great story and it's very in depth. This is a long book. I'd be listening and look at the audio thinking that the story was winding down only to find that there was still over 4 hours left. I love that. This is a story that will definitely leave you satisfied.
There's so much to love about this story. I love the grey area of what D does...he truly is a bad guy, but has a great moral code and finding out exactly why/how he got to this place was heartbreaking. I like that the author took that fact and used it. Jack truly does have an issue with D's history. While he understands, he isn't sure that he can accept that reality longterm, even if D leaves the business. That was a great reality in this fictional world. Jack is so super-intelligent...the best scene in the book when he's on the stand proving what a prick the defense attorney is...I was laughing out loud. And this isn't one of those books where the bad guys are caught and everything is tied up in a tidy little bow. The author truly does add those touches of reality to it all that make it fabulous...and easier to believe the happily ever after when it does come. I adored the way she ended the book. It was just really good.