Shock & Awe

Abigail Roux
Shock & Awe
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
September 2013
Book 1 of Sidewinder
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He's not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O'Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He's very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.

Nick knows all of Kelly's quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part . . . or so he thought. But what should've been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address.

Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other—friends and brothers in arms, or something even deeper?—before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jun 23, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
207 people found the following review helpful
Spinning off of the Cut & Run series is Nick O'Flaherty's story. Nick is Ty's best friend since they started the military together. This series kicks off right after Touch & Geaux and before Ball & Chain. It's more than just Nick in this story. One of his other BFF, Kelly Abbott, is also featured.

This story is more about Nick and Kelly coming together. It's recommended to read this story before reading Ball & Chain. Kelly is recovering from a bullet wound while Nick is taking care of him. It's beautiful to see two men who genuinely care for each other interact. While Nick is doing what he always does, watching out for his best friends, Kelly is doing everything he can to make Nick uncomfortable.

The banter between the two men is amusing. Nick who usually comes off as decisive is now a shy maiden. He keeps trying to avoid any type of sexual intimacy with Kelly. This is understandable since he's been burned once before when he confessed his attraction to Ty. Still, Kelly persists with his cute taunting manner.

"I'm not asking you to buy the milk, O'Flaherty, I just want you to grope the cow," Kelly said, trying to hide a sly smile by biting his lip. (pg. 48)

The romance in this story is sweet and well played out. It shows a man questioning his sexual preference to experimenting and then all out jumping of his best friend. The progress is adorable to watch. Kelly goes from zero to sixty in his man-on-man love quest. Nick is just along for the ride.

While the erotic heat between the two men is hawt, it's the emotional intimacy which makes it so good. Ms. Roux does a great job of showing how this can be more than just a fling. This m/m romance is recommended for readers who enjoy friends-to-lovers themes.
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