Author ~ Lex Valentine
Publisher ~ MLR Press
Published ~ 17th November 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Two soldiers, former lovers, each think they are saving the other from a South American drug cartel, all the while rehashing their broken relationship.
Green Beret Shane Cullen has been undercover for the DEA with a South American drug cartel. Eighteen months into his assignment, and unbeknownst to Shane, the cartel's number two man is captured by the U.S. Marshals and starts to talk. Shane's mission becomes endangered. His Special Forces commander calls in a favor and pulls in Shane's former lover and teammate Elliott Hutchens for an extraction.
Elliott hasn't seen Shane in almost two years, since his lover walked out on him. But Shane's in trouble and doesn't know it, so Elliott can't refuse the mission. Getting himself captured by the cartel in order to force Shane to rescue him is the easy part. The hard part comes when Shane discovers he's the real extraction, not Elliott. Shane's bad temper ended their relationship once before. Will it get in the way again or can these two soldiers work through their issues and find their way to a happy ever after?
Freya’s Book Brief
The blurb for this story is sooo, inviting. It as good as screamed, “come read me.” So, I did, and I enjoyed it.
Shane is working undercover for the DEA, and Elliott is sent in to extract him. The problem is, Shane walked out on Elliott two years previous. The maneuver brings to the fore events whose resolution was well overdue.
Elliott comes across as a man who likes a challenge. He surely has one with Shane. Shane has a quick temper born out of deep hidden feelings and the need to protect. Comfort zones are destined to be squished.
The story starts with the military extraction which forms less of the story than I expected - and it ran with Green Beret efficiency. It’s the aftermath that is the focus of this novella. I loved reading the military talk with the mixture of two men in emotional turmoil. In places, the heartache turned me to goo. My only gripe was that certain statements of regrets and hopeful forgiveness were repeated to the point where I wanted to answer, “I know.”
The story shares memories of the past, feelings of the present and what they intended to do, to make things right – if that’s possible. In the process, the boys realize that there’s possibly more wrong with their previous relationship than they thought. The lack of perfection made me connect to the characters. The importance of a soldier’s unit buds was a factor that also came across, especially the effect Shane and Elliott’s initial break-up had on them.
I found Extraction to be a delightful story. It had a rich military background and it gave my emotions a bit of a workout. It proved that soldiers are sensitive and are often, more than a wham, bam, thank you, man.