Wednesday, August 18, 2010

His Perfect Partner

Title: His Perfect Partner
Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-246-6
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Ethan Harrison loves his job with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and goes out with his two best friends when he can, but his personal life is lonely. It’s lacking that special someone—the partner—his soul mate, the one man he’s dreamed of finding for years.

When a complicated and dangerous international espionage case crosses his desk, Ethan doesn’t realize just how much it will change his life. That’s because his dream man turns out to be none other than Special Agent Ryan Ashton, who arrives at his office to hand over months of case files regarding the investigation of Luke Yeung, the man Ethan will be prosecuting.

Life isn’t a fairytale and the journey to find a happily-ever-after isn’t simple or easy. The question is whether these two and their love can survive against the murderous rage of a defendant, determined to never see the inside of a courtroom.

His Perfect Partner is the second and newest release in Trina Lane’s Perfect Union series.

Ms. Lane did a nice job with the personalities of all her characters and I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction of Ethan with his best friends Rick and Conor who were introduced previously. The relationship between the three men is lighthearted, fun and totally supportive—no matter what. Calleigh and the boys make an appearance at the end.

Ryan—this man is everything that Ethan ever wanted in a partner and their chemistry is obvious from the start and it doesn’t take long before they’re fully involved in each other’s lives. The author does a nice job showing how their relationship grows—it’s sweet, caring, loving and fun. I thought she handled the strain between Ethan and his family realistically and did just as well showing Ethan’s acceptance into Ryan’s family—it was charming and engaging.

Things go well for these two until Ethan is viciously attacked and left for dead. Here, the author lost a great opportunity. Instead of continuing what could have been a good suspense element, it just seemed as if this thread suddenly got dropped while he healed—in truth I felt like I missed out on what was going on in the background in both the legal case and in the hunt for his attacker. Yes, I know what happened in the end but I didn’t experience it.

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