Stranded 

Stranded_600x900Author: HelenKay Dimon

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Riptide

Type: Short Novel

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Blurb: Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

 

Review: HelenKay Dimon has got one heck of an imagination–and she uses it to its full extent in this quirky little short about two former assassins who’ve got some dirty laundry between them.

How do you catch a killer? Hire him.

Cabe’s working one last job as a favor to his boss Myers before he heads off into the great unknown. Retirement’s looking iffy, though, with all the weird $hit going on. What the heck does the message “Holly Trent Clear” mean anyway?

Braxton knows after shooting Kyle a year ago that it’s unlikely he’d come if Braxton called. Playing dead was part of the overall plan, but the worst part was having to shoot the man he cared about. And it seems Cabe agrees with that–at least the worst part. But hearing the code words he brings with him is an even nastier shock–they’re not the all clear he’s been expecting. Has someone jumped on his plan to get Cabe back and decided to make it a clusterf&ck?

When shots are fired outside and it becomes clear that they’ve been tracked, things start to look really bad. Is it enemies from their last job? When Brax and Cabe go out to check, however, Sean–they’re firmer co-worker and Brax’s ex lover–maneuvers Brax alone in order to pass on a message from Meyers–he’s got three days to get Cabe back. WTF?

Is Meyers matchmaking now? Setting up a dangerous scenario to force Cabe to talk to him? And what the hell is Sean doing there? That’s really going to piss Cabe off–he knows they were lovers and won’t like it one bit.

Between the questionable help from Meyers and Cabe’s already surly disposition, what are his chances at getting Cabe to agree to give them another chance?

Slim to none.

Relationship problems are universal and this one’s right up my alley. How can you trust someone? And when do you let go of a grudge? Great read!

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