Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Standalone Novel
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Cass Manning is a serial monogamist, grad student, and identical twin to Paul, a drug-addicted prostitute. Fleeing his unfaithful boyfriend, Cass returns to Houston after years away only to be drawn into danger before he’s out of the airport.
When Paul dies under suspicious circumstances, Cass must rely on one of Paul’s clients, Kilo, a mercenary willing to protect Cass in exchange for sex. Together they have a chance to bring justice to the corrupt heart of Texas’s political power structure, but Kilo’s mysterious past may tear him from Cass when he needs him most. Even if they outlive their untouchable adversaries, how does a polite academic find lasting love with a soldier of fortune?
Review: Cass heads to his twin brother Paul’s city after finding his boyfriend cheating on him. What he finds is a drugged out version of the brother he’s always known. Who overdoses the night after his arrival. Cass is thrust into all the trouble Paul has gotten himself into. Lucky for Cass Paul contacted one of his John’s who is former military turned mercenary before he was murdered .
Kilo makes quite the first impression when he shows up and essentially ravages a confused but totally willing Cass. I actually loved this scene. It could have been weird but was totally hot. Kilo knows Cass isn’t Paul since Paul wasn’t the nicest guy. Cass is for sure the nice twin. Kilo agrees to help Cass get out of his trouble but things prove to be bigger than either man initially believed.
Despite the quick start to their relationship I did enjoy the couple. It kind of worked considering the trouble they’re thrust into. Danger is exciting and the guys had chemistry. Cass was just dumped and in a life and death situation. Kilo wants to be needed. They both just stumble onto each other and it works. There’s no promises made because neither man knows how this is going to play out. Also they come from VERY opposite places in life. Cass has been in school his entire life. Kilo has his own secrets. The kind you don’t tell to anyone you don’t trust with your life.
Now for the part that didn’t work so well for me. The baddies. They were OTT awful once on page. Yes you should hate them but they made me cringe at times. They didn’t have much page time thank fully. That may sound harsh but they had a more realistic impact before the big ending.
For the most part I enjoyed the book because the couple and their struggles kept me hooked. I’d say if you like an opposites attract story you’d like this. Or if you just enjoy tough men who really want love. I liked it.