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.
This is a spin-off of the beloved Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux. We’ve met these guys before, but this story features only them and not Ty and Zane.
This takes place after Touch and Geaux (in the series).
Nick is gay and Kelly identifies as straight. The two have been friends for a long time and while spending this time together helping Kelly recover they discover that there’s a lot more to their relationship than friendship.
With surprising ease, Nick and Kelly embark on Kelly’s first gay sexual experience and immediately jump into a deep and loving relationship.
Though this is a short book, there’s a lot of very, very hot and somewhat kinky sex and some pretty significant feels, too.
Even with the sequel, I wish we’d been able to spend more time with these guys in the beginning stages of their relationship. They are absolutely sweet and so sexy together it would’ve been nice to see their relationship unfurling in a longer novel.
I loved seeing all the gang and teared-up seeing Ty and Zane’s moment at the airport.
This was a wonderful spin off that I’m psyched to see and though this isn’t exactly a stand-alone, I think you’d get most of the picture if you’d never read the Cut & Run series, you just wouldn’t appreciate all the nuances.
Brock Thompson ROCKED this. I was so leery. Sean Crisden did the Cut & Run series and he sort of epitomized the audio for me. Brock did a lovely, lovely growly voice for Kelly and plain speaking Nick. His pacing is excellent, he did a great job differentiating the voices and expressing the emotions.
I highly recommend this book, series and audiobook.
6 of 5 stars
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