Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux (Sidewinder #1)
Released: November 11, 2013
Reviewed by Mandi
I’m a huge fan of Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series, whose main characters Ty and Zane are two of my most favorite romantic heroes ever. Ty is in the marines and has been with Kelly and Nick for most of his service. The entire Sidewinder group is extremely close. In the previous Ty and Zane book, Kelly gets shot, and this novella is him recuperating with Nick taking care of him. Nick is gay (or bi-sexual) and Kelly finds himself very curious as to what it would be like to be with Nick. Nick isn’t sure if it is the Percocet talking but he doesn’t know how to handle Kelly’s sudden attempt at seduction. It turns Nick on but it is also very scary to have one of your best friends want to try something that could turn out very bad.
This is a very short novella (90ish pages) about Nick and Kelly exploring a relationship, one that comes to a surprise to both of them. They’ve gone through so much together in the marines, maybe nothing shocks them too much anymore, but the passion they find between themselves is quite intense.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m such a fan girl of this series that anything to do with Ty and Zane I feel giddy about. But I’m not sure if I’m on board with Kelly and Nick together. Their sex scenes are hot – Abigail Roux writes such passionate, emotional, dirty love scenes. But I needed more from these two. I think for me, Kelly comes across too desperate. He kept constantly asking, begging, poking at Nick to kiss him or have sex with him. Nick came off as so uncomfortable with this. Partly because Kelly is injured and partly because they are such good friends. I needed to be in Nick’s head more so that I felt he truly wanted a relationship with Kelly, not just giving in so Kelly would stop incessantly asking.
I also think you need to be familiar with the Cut & Run series for this story to have an impact. It would not work great as a stand alone.
Ty and Zane do have a brief appearance, so all was not lost *wink*