Title: Talking In Code
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/6/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Thriller/Suspense Romance, M/M Coming Out, M/M Military / Law Enforcement, M/M Multicultural, Menage M/M/M
Page Count: 285
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.
Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.
Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.
(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤“We didn’t realize how weak our link was until it was tested.”¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★
Richard Horn had two good things in his life. His hands and his eyes, he called them—Eric Newton and Timothy Davenport—his lovers, his sanity, his support, and his life.
Oh. Mi. Effing. Gawd. I totally forgot how well Ariel Tachna’s writing could be and how frigging powerful her words could get. There was absolutely no talking in code during this book. Everything was laid out on the line once these guys realised how much they could lose in the blink of an eye. Code follows it’s prequel, Talking In Code: Moments, a short seven part stories, that as the author wrote on her blog: Talking in Code starts in media res. Eric, Tim, and Richard are already well and truly involved with each other, but the story includes references to moments before the book begins, moments that are not fully explored in the novel itself.
I love me a good triad. And I love when something throws a wrench into the relationship, causing everyone to take a hard look at self and each other. “We are stronger together than we could ever be in any other combination.”
Tim “Dav” Davenport may have been Commander Richard Horn’s eyes, his lover of over twenty years, but he could not do without Eric. Something both he and Richard had been suffering through for the past six months. After four years together (I beg you to please read MOMENTS), Eric is captured and it is left for the team to bring him home. One day, news arrives and action is set. But in getting one of his loves back, Richard suffers yet again. How could one strong Alpha survive the torture repeatedly? And who was willing to destroy these men with a blink of an eye?
It takes willpower for Richard to prove his ability to care for Eric, something that he has always allowed Tim to do, while they both held vigil at Tim’s bedside. This story paints a picture of the shoe being on the other foot and finding forgiveness and happiness in the simple things in life. A ménage is not one unless all parties are on the same page and actively involved. As Eric stated: “Maybe it’s time we both stopped talking in code.”
I enjoyed the angst, the thoughtlessness and thoughtfulness that each of these men went through. It made them stronger and more efficient. The mystery of the story was well handled and the team’s role in all of this was hands on.
I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good romantic suspense. A read again on my list.