Friendly Fire

Cari Z.
Friendly Fire
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
October 2016
LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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 McKenzieŚa man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliot 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.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Nov 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
90 people found the following review helpful
A second chance in life, but a first chance at real love.

As the owner of Charmed Life, a company that helps former felons get back on their feet, Elliot McKenzie is just trying to move on from his past. Somebody else has different plans and is out to destroy him. Although he's not initially excited at having anybody provide him with any protection, the minute he meets Lennox West, all bets are off. Lennox served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Rangers and is suffering from survivor's guilt. He wasn't looking for romance when he went to set up a security system, but he and Elliot connected so easily, he knew he had to take a chance.

Although it felt like the story started off a bit slow, that feeling quickly evaporated as I fell in love with the characters. As additional information is shared about Elliot and Lennox, it made me love them even more. These two clicked from the moment they met, and their connection got stronger as they spent more time together. The dialog throughout the story was fantastic.

I also liked Elliot's assistant and Lennox' daughter, and I thought they both added significantly to the story. I thought the author did a great job of using the mystery-based plot to create a realistic reason for Elliot and Lennox to be together without it overwhelming the story.

Well-developed characters and strong dialog created a memorable story about second chances at life.
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