Friday, October 14, 2016

Friendly Fire by Cari Z

Title: Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Elliot and Lennox
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.

Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.

My Review:
This is the first book I've ever read by Cari Z and I liked it. 

Lennox and Elliot are both dealing with traumas from their past which affecting their present. 

For Lennox, he has PTSD from an incident in Afghanistan that went very wrong. He's finally starting to make some strides in his recovery, but still has a ways to go. His nightmares are so bad he doesn't trust himself to let his daughter sleep over. But at his heart, he's a good guy doing the best he can. He's friends with his ex and is doing okay at his job working security.

For Elliot, he was a lawyer who got caught up in a bad/corrupt corporate situation. He could have gone to jail. He did get disbarred. Now he spends all his time trying to atone for his sins through his new self-help company aimed at unlikely business model that's made him millions...and a few enemies. One of which is threatening him now. 

The two are brought together by Elliot's personal assistant who just happens to be Lennox's ex sister in law. She knows that there have been threats against Elliot so she hooks him up with Lennox for some new security measures. 

Lennox is bi-sexual and immediately the sparks fly between these two men. But that's all it can be...sparks...until some things happen ramping up the danger to Elliot. 

I liked the book. There were moments when I didn't feel as deep a connection to the characters as I'd hoped, but overall, it was really good. There was a lot of sexual chemistry and some amazing action. I personally felt like the bad guy was fairly obvious, but the author didn't give the reader many alternative choices of who it could be. So, there were no shockers there, but that didn't pull from the entertainment value of the read. 

I'll definitely be reading this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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