Part & Parcel

Abigail Roux
Part & Parcel
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
December 2015
Book 3 of Sidewinder
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend's call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

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.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
168 people found the following review helpful
Grab a box of tissues, this is going to be an emotional and cathartic ride. Reading the synopsis, I feared this is another death mission where the Sidewinders get together to figure out there is more to Eli's death than they thought. What I did not realize is that this is a mission of brotherhood and finding a place called home.

This story is completely character driven and I loved it. I'm not a huge fan of Nick because of the things he has kept secret. And because I did not really understand him and his motivations. This book completely blows my mind as I see how wrong I have been about Nick all along. I knew he was a good friend. I knew about his loyalty; what I didn't realize is how much of himself he gives. It is beyond explanation how much Nick gives until there is nothing left of him. Tears slipped down my face throughout this tale of remembrance. Switching back and forth between past and present helps both the readers and different characters in the book revisit scenes and see them from a new perspective.

This story is moving as the Digger, Owens, Ty, Nick and Doc reconnect. With Zane as a witness, the men open up and share the good, bad and ugly. Some of the memories hurt a heart to hear. The secrets exposed leave a raw nerve for anyone to poke. The ones which are most sensitive are Nick's as Kelly blunders through and hurts him over and over again. When Kelly grasps all the hurtful words he's thrown at Nick, it is a little too late. Words can cause more damage than physical blows. Nick's body hides hundreds of slices caused by cruel looks and careless words. The worst part is these are all caused by friends who he considers as brothers or a lover.

This journey helps bring the men closer together. I am impressed with Eli's instructions and how well he knows his team. The character development in this book is fabulous and brings a closure which requires no killing, blowing things up or mayhem. Ms. Roux reveals a vulnerable side to each of these men. Her loving touch for each of these characters shows through in the humour and sadness. This story is not a kum bah yah bromance. It is a healing by lancing the old festering wounds through fun, laughter and forgiveness. The games they play to reconnect, even down to the details of how animals adore Nick, is inspiring. I loved this book from the beginning to the end. Highly recommended to romance readers who want their happily ever after and closure.
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Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Feb 02, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
146 people found the following review helpful
While I adore Nick and Kelly, PART & PARCEL is not up to par with what I expect from this series.

Kelly and Nick were trying to mend their relationship after everything that happened with Sidewinder. Nick was injured and afraid of losing Kelly after his big lie is revealed. Kelly was having a hard time seeing Nick as his boyfriend, instead of his team member and patient.

I love Nick and Kelly. Their first book was awesome. I think I mostly loved it because it was just them. There wasn't the whole Sidewinder team around being... them.

The last few books in both the Sidewinder series and the Cut & Run series have focused on the whole team, rather than just the main couples and I think this is where the series is losing me. I can't stand all these guys together. They're annoying with all their brotherly banter and jokes. It's too much and the humor feels forced and fake. I rolled my eyes way too often.

This story wasn't focused on some big mystery, but instead Nick opened a box from one of their fallen teammates. In the box is a series of letters and the letters send him and the rest of the Sidewinder team on a journey to get back what they had--a team. It was all very mushy and I didn't buy it. What was with all the lovey-doveyness and the cuddling? And calling each other babe? It just... didn't feel like the Cut & Run series I fell in love with.

Like I said, I love Nick and Kelly together. Yeah, their problems were a bit contrived, but I liked the way they worked through them. One thing I can always count on here is the hot sex. Nick and Kelly are seriously great together and they really turned it up a notch in this one.

I continue to feel the same way about this series after the last few books. I enjoy the romance, but the humor and banter is not hitting the mark. I'm sure I'll be reading more, if there is another book, only because I can't help myself.
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