Friday, April 5, 2013

Testing Arthur

Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-260-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Getting severely injured tracking a serial killer turns the life of FBI agent Arthur Turner on its ear. After nearly losing his leg, he’s left needing help while recuperating and is surprised to find his former lover, Patrick Edwards at his door. After months apart, it also gives Arthur hope that he and Patrick can start again, if he makes changes in his life.

As a confident businessman, Patrick was unwilling to live in the closet so he broke up with Arthur. But with Arthur’s injury things have changed—his lover has changed—and is now offering to come out for him. Patrick’s thrilled but he’s also worried that in the future Arthur will regret his decision. But when a stalker targets Patrick, it pulls the two men together making their commitment stronger than either thought possible. Can they trap a killer and stay alive to build the relationship they both desire?

Testing Arthur is the newest release in Amber Kell’s Mercenary Love series, and it can be read as a standalone.

I was pretty excited when I learned Arthur and Patrick would be the focus of this release. They had such great potential with their fiery interaction in the first release that I couldn’t wait to see what happened when they finally got together. It’s too bad the reader missed the beginnings of their relationship. Ms. Kell did a nice job providing enough details to understand the severity of Arthur’s injury without being graphic and ultimately that provides the perfect reason to leave the FBI and make a life with Patrick. Seeing them try to rebuild their relationship is nice and the speed is realistic based on what had happened between them in the past. The angst felt by both men is believable and understandable.

My niggles:
Lack of back story made me feel like something was missing in Arthur and Patrick’s relationship.
Arthur went from a bad ass guy who was totally sure of himself and his abilities in the first book to one who seemed filled with doubt. Such a big personality change didn’t make sense to me.
The stalker angle is pretty predictable and I just didn’t feel the suspense.

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