Author: Lex Valentine
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: 11/17/2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 89
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Two soldiers, former lovers, each think they are saving the other from a South American drug cartel, all the while rehashing their broken relationship.
Green Beret Shane Cullen has been undercover for the DEA with a South American drug cartel. Eighteen months into his assignment, and unbeknownst to Shane, the cartel’s number two man is captured by the U.S. Marshals and starts to talk. Shane’s mission becomes endangered. His Special Forces commander calls in a favor and pulls in Shane’s former lover and teammate Elliott Hutchens for an extraction.
Elliott hasn’t seen Shane in almost two years, since his lover walked out on him. But Shane’s in trouble and doesn’t know it, so Elliott can’t refuse the mission. Getting himself captured by the cartel in order to force Shane to rescue him is the easy part. The hard part comes when Shane discovers he’s the real extraction, not Elliott. Shane’s bad temper ended their relationship once before. Will it get in the way again or can these two soldiers work through their issues and find their way to a happy ever after?
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ღ Extraction within an extraction.
This was a second chance story that was mushy and sweet and oh my gawd, needed in the moment. It was also about heartache and pain and learning about forgiveness.
For over five years, soldiers Elliott and Shane had been the Charles and Diana of their group, making a home with each other. Then they had gone belly up and Elliot and Shane became ex lovers with one sentence, finding themselves at odds and separated. Trust me, I yelled and raged, because, come on, we still have a problem with communication in this day and age?
After three days of being held by the cartel’s henchmen, he’d almost given up on being rescued.
It was an extraction with an extraction and only after the “rescue” did Shane realize what was going on. When their relationship expired, Shane had withdrawn within himself and left, joining the DEA and going undercover in South America. Unfortunately, danger occurred and it was left for Elliot to rescue his ex lover regardless of the war they had yet to face. Shane, thinking Elliott had been taken, had gone above and beyond to save the only man he had only loved.
For me, it was sheer excitement as it was an opportunity for the men to meet after two years separation. With hurt and pain, these two knew where their bread was buttered, but it was going to take more than an explanation and sorry’s to get past the suffering. With the same problems between them, were Elliot and Shane destined to live life apart, or was there a way for them to reunite and finally have their Happy Ever After?
As always, for me, fast tract to love breaks up the monotony of what I am reading and having a short story with a chance of HEA is what I desire. As characters, I loved the vulnerability of both men, and I don’t care what, I love a man who is not afraid to show his softer side. I enjoyed the strength both provided and the reality of it all is, we are all given a chance at happiness. Sometimes we have to grow up and realise that it takes hard work and energy. We need to LISTEN and not just HEAR the words the other person speaks.