Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Cold Wind

Title: A Cold Wind
Author: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-68252-095-6
Genre: {M/M}, Mystery, Series          
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Aidan and Liam have finally found the home they want to call their own; the only problem is that the house has all the ear marks of being a money pit.  In order to inject some much needed cash into their bank account, the two men take a job protecting a Russian business man.  Almost right away, their work and personal lives collides.

A Cold Wind is the eighth book in the Have Body Will Guard series.  Readers should note that this is a series that needs to be read in order, so if you have not read the previous seven books, you may want to wait on this review.

Aidan’s and Liam’s lives have been going along as normal with the only big change being the purchase of a new home.  While Aidan is excited, Liam is a little more leery.  When more of the house needs to be repaired than what they thought, and their handy man is deported, the two men begin to wonder if they have bitten off more than what they expected.  Thankfully a job request comes in that adds money to their dwindling coffers, giving the two a chance to step away from home repairs and get back to what they know.

I am always happy to see a new story added to this series.  While Liam is not always one of my favorite characters as I think he’s too short with Aidan at times; these two are one of my favorite couples.  I like the way Aidan has of mellowing Liam out on occasion, just as I like the way Liam reinforces Aidan’s abilities when the other man is feeling incapable.  I also like the way the author weaves the various mysteries through each of the books in this series. 

In A Cold Wind, the two men are assigned the job of watching a retired Russian business man who believes someone is after him.  Slava’s a Russian rags to riches story.  As part of that story, he found a woman he thought he could love and had two children.  The whole time he kept his personal preferences to himself as much as possible.  When the Russian government starts making noise about taking some of Slava’s business, the Russian begins preparing for the future.  Unfortunately he did not realize one of his enemies would go as far as he does and everything Slava has kept secret comes out. 

Thierry is Liam’s and Aidan’s new neighbor.  He’s also a widower having a hard time getting over the death of his spouse.  He’s drawn into the story when a storm takes out a window at Liam’s and Aidan’s new house and they are forced to return, bringing Slava with them.  You can see the chemistry develop between the two older gentlemen, but with Thierry’s grief and Slava’s safety issues, it is easy to see that things will not play out smoothly. 

There is a lot going on in A Cold Wind and while it seems obvious who the bad guy may be, I can’t help thinking that there is more going on.  I like that the author keeps the readers wondering what will happen next by throwing in a variety of twists and turns. There is also a big change in store for our main characters and I cannot wait to see where this takes them. 

Fans of M/M stories that are about more than just the sex should really give this series a shot.  The world created by the author, and the cases Liam and Aidan find themselves working, will make you a fan of Mr. Plakcy and will have you looking for more stories by this author. 

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