Monday, November 11, 2013

Touché

Title: Touché
Authors: A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781622320684
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Marco Dellburn loves his job as a US Marshall but his life is a mess. The man he loves, Sam Channing, is the leader of a motorcycle biker gang and Marco recently got caught in an ambush, causing him to get hooked on pain medication. He’s afraid of losing his job, his lover and even friends if his dependency is discovered.  To make matters worse, Sam is put in terrible danger when he agrees to go undercover for the Marshall Service to bring down a Columbian drug cartel.  Can these two survive and find a way to be together or will drugs and danger drive them apart…or get them killed?

Touché is the latest release in AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly’s Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. This book is part of an ongoing series and must be read in sequence in order to understand the relationships and plotline.

I thought the other two couples that we met previously in this series had it rough but the pairing of a Marshal and a biker leader is the most unusual yet. The uncertainty and turmoil facing these two means the authors have to get particularly creative to get Marco and Sam together. Never fear, it happens but I have to admit that I’m not as excited about Touché as I was some of the others. I like seeing many of the returning characters, but the story seems a bit disjointed in places, while in other it flows smoothly. 

There’s plenty of action scattered throughout and I was particularly surprised about the ambush scenes where Marco is injured. It’s a nice twist and its repercussions play well throughout the remainder of the story. Marco and Sam admitting their feeling for each other is nice but they spend most of the story apart and Marco plays the jealousy card well. My complaint is the unsatisfying end to the cartel plotline. Because of all the stuff going on with Marco during this time, we miss the wrap-up with Sam and what went on with the drug cartel in South America. I was disappointed to miss it. 

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