Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bloody but Unbowed

Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-864-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Daryl Greer works for Hercules Security and instead of being a bodyguard, like most of the other front-line employees, he’s an extraction specialist. He enjoys the danger of his job, but Daryl’s older brother ridicules him for playing soldier, so they don’t get along. His newest mission is to rescue scientist, Dr. Emerson Winfield from the terrorist group holding him. Daryl doesn’t expect to be attracted to the smart-mouthed man…a rich guy his brother says wouldn’t give him the time-of-day.

Emerson was raised to see the person beneath what shows on the surface, and the only thing that matters to him is his attraction to Daryl.  Once they’re out of danger, Emerson’s priority is proving they can make a relationship work…that they belong together. Despite the circumstance of their meeting, with Daryl’s dangerous job, Emerson’s scared for his safety…and Daryl is defensive. If they don’t talk and come to an agreement, they don’t have a chance of their relationship surviving.

Bloody but Unbowed is the newest release in Ari McKay’s Herc’s Mercs series. While reading the books in order would be an advantage, this novella can be read as a standalone. It’s another fun addition to the series and provides an enjoyable afternoon of reading.

I liked the change of the main character from bodyguard to extraction specialist. It gave the plot a different focus and manner in which Daryl and Emerson met. The first part of the story—the rescue—is nicely plotted, and has a fast but believable pace. The personalities of these men are like oil and water—they shouldn’t mix but do and I enjoyed the smart-mouthed, snappy bantering between them. And yes, Daryl has a chip on his shoulder the size of a large boulder but you know Emerson’s going to chip away at it. 

The backgrounds and personalities of these men are pretty well developed for a story of this length, the descriptions are nicely done and their attraction is sizzling. There’s a good amount of angst, misunderstanding, poor communication and just plain stubbornness, but in the end the author works it out in a satisfying manner. I look forward to the next book in the series. 

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