Author ~ Kate Lowell
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Due for Release ~ 10th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.
But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.
Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.
There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.
I had high hopes for this story when I read the blurb. And don’t get me wrong, it is a memorable story. However, the scene setting, gets somewhat long winded and repetitive. This occasionally made me lose track. But, if you like stories that give you detailed knowledge of the thoughts in a characters mind, and every decision explained, then you will love it.
Eventually, the story gets more active. I know that makes it sound as though I’m expecting an Indiana Jones special – far from it. I mean more into the operational side of things. This is in no way a story of fun and fluff. The human market is cruel, torturous, depraved, heartbreaking and ugly. There are some scenes that will make you want to cry, and possibly lose your lunch. The undercover operatives have balls of steel and it made me appreciate the lengths some of our uniformed people will go to, to keep us safe.
For me, this had the potential to be a magnificent 5* story, but the repeated and lengthy, detail let it down. The story is written in the third person. So, when something is explained to one character, I don’t believe the reader needs to see the same thing explained to another. A gloss over phrase would have sufficed. Hence the lower mark.
That being said, the love story that blossoms between the agents is heart warming and will keep you reading. I couldn’t help but root for Julian and Leo and had to finish it to see their fate. The subject matter suggests this isn’t meant to be a story that keeps you smiling. It is meant to be gripping, heart wrenching, and blood boiling with moments of hope and love. At times I experienced those emotions, but not as much as I believe I should.
If you are not sure about reading an all out gut wrencher of a police story and want to pop your cherry on something milder then this is ideal.