It seems I am just not cut out for novellas from this author. As much as I enjoyed the two books in the Hell or High Water series, I just don’t feel like SE Jakes can convincingly sell a romance in a shorter form story. The sex is there, but love is another story.
Blue is a thief. He loves what he does and the rush that it brings. A while ago, he worked a job where Mick was handling the security. They were attracted to each other right off the bat. In fact, they were supposed to have a night together, but Mick never showed and Blue hasn’t seen him since. Until now, of course.
Unbeknownst to Blue, Mick is undercover with some Bad Dudes. Said villains end up drugging Blue with a jacked-up roofie and that ends with a night of crazy monkey-sex between our two heroes. After that, Blue ends up in Mick’s protective custody until he can finish his job and bring the bad guys to justice. And they fall in love while all that is going on.
Here’s the thing, the nights of drug induced turbo-sex felt totally contrived, especially since it happened more than once. There has to be a more subtle way to get these guys into bed. From there, my issues only intensified. It was over the top. Both men jump into love in a matter of days. And these are supposed to be some really hardened guys. But a few rounds of super-sex and they’re sharing all of their secrets and professing their feelings like a couple of teenage girls. (And while we are talking about things that bugged me, I really hated how often Blue is referred to as a “boy” throughout the book. He is a man. Or I don’t want to read about him having sex.)
There are a couple of scenes that worked on an emotional level, toward the end. The tie-in to Blue’s sister was the most effective. But overall, it was a lot of sex and not much more, despite the frequent use of the L-word. And while I felt like Jakes tried to flesh out Blue’s character with some of his backstory, Mick felt a bit flat. It just didn’t have any depth, and even on a superficial level, it fell short for me.
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by SE Jakes
Original Release Date: December 5, 2012
Re-Release Date: March 8, 2014