Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fortune’s Favor

Title: Fortune’s Favor
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-61118-740-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When he left the Psychic Warfare Program, Nathan Kraft didn’t expect his life to be filled with mundane days, working in the gym helping clients keep in shape. At least he finally has an assignment that gets him out of town. Too bad it involves painful secrets from his past that sends him spiraling into a deep well of despair.  

Avery Holton’s been partnered with the over-the-top Nathan for nearly a year. The two men are polar opposites in temperament and personality but as much as Nathan annoys him, Avery can’t deny his attraction. Being on a mission together forces Avery and Nathan to trust each other but it changes their personal relationship too, turning them into lovers instead of adversaries.  Completing their assignment isn’t easy even with their impressive physical training and psychic skills. The villain they’re after is a stone-cold killer with his own ability and he’s determined to put an end to Nathan…if they don’t stop him first..

Fortune’s Favor is the newest release in Marie Harte’s Power Up series. Due to the close association of characters and plot line, I recommend the books be read in order.  

Avery’s an interesting guy and his background information only peaked my interest for more. That’s particularly true since so much emphasis is placed on Nathan and his family’s past. Back to Avery. He’s a strong-willed, dominant and protective guy, just the type of man Nathan needs in his life. Not only for love but for direction and a steadying influence and Ms. Harte expressed these attributes of his character nicely. Nathan took some time to grow on me. Yes, I realize he was dealing with a lot but he wasn’t doing it well. Certainly not like a highly trained military man…it got annoying. 

The change in status of Nathan’s family was perplexing with the constant flipping of how they were referred to. With the confusion of what was going on in the plot, I don’t know that it could have been avoided but it was a muddle of identities for me at times. Now the villain. This guy’s well-described, adds a great deal of depth, danger and anger to the story and definitely makes a huge impact on the story. 

I enjoyed the development of Nathan and Avery’s personal relationship. It’s a little jerky in the beginning but once they got going, it moved along at a good pace and in a realistic manner. Did I mention they’re hot together? There’s also plenty of action and danger as they try to stay ahead of the villain and to keep alive. Yes, there are some niggles for me but it is still an entertaining read in a series I’ve enjoyed.

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