Friday, January 1, 2010

Tango in the Night


Title: Tango in the Night
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-621-5
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

It’s been nearly a year since Agent Jubal Graham was shot multiple times and his life-partner of six years died before his eyes. During that time, he’s experienced a coma, almost lost his leg, has had one surgery after another and endured weeks of grueling physical therapy. He’s also planned and schemed on how to bring his lover’s killer to justice, no matter what the cost. When Juba returns to work, he expects to buckle down and catch a killer; he doesn’t expect blue-eyed Agent Ellis Banks, and his determination to become lovers.

Ellis moved to the Philadelphia office from Washington D.C. with the purpose of catching the individuals behind a deadly drug ring. A case connected to Jubal and his shooting. Ellis know all about the legendary Jubal and what happened to him and his lover and despite the differences in their ages and experiences, he’s determined to become the older agent’s lover. When the case begins to fall apart and Jubal’s life is again threatened, Ellis is willing to do anything to keep the man he loves safe.

Tango in the Night is the first release by author KC Kendricks that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and it won’t be my last. This well-plotted story is a tale of regret, recovery and new love in the midst of betrayal and danger, with a fast pace, smooth flow and seamless character integration. It has a great beginning and ending and unlike some books, it never lags in the middle; the story barreling forward, at times, at break-neck speed, as it races to the end.

I admit it. The thing that caught my attention first when I read the blurb was Jubal’s name. It’s unique, unusual and while I’ve heard of ‘real’ people with the name, I’ve never come across a literary character with the old-fashioned moniker.

The characters of Jubal and Ellis are perfect counterpoints, both professionally and personally, and despite the differences in their ages, they make a great couple with lots in common. And the sex ,when they finally get together, is blistering hot and passionate. Both men are determined, dedicated to their jobs and loyal to a fault, and the author has done an exceptional job bringing these two men to life. The same goes for understanding of what makes Jubal and Ellis tick. While I enjoyed the entire book, I truly appreciated the twist of who was the villain and how they dealt with him in the end. Read this one and enjoy. I know I did.

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