Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon (End of the Line #1)
Released: May 24, 2016
M/M Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Mandi
Fisher is a covert paramilitary operative, meaning he keeps a lot of secrets. His life and job depend on his ability to not tell these secrets and to catch bad guys. In recent weeks, he met and has fallen hard for a man named Zach – and he has worked very hard to keep Zach a secret from his employer. So when he comes home one day and his house has been ransacked with a note left behind saying to meet at a certain location because they have “him” – Fisher knows that him is Zach and he rushes to save him.
Unknown to Fisher, Zach is deep undercover with the CIA. He has infiltrated an evil group called Pentasus, and they want information from Fisher. When Fisher arrives, he realizes Zach isn’t who he thought and Fisher is devastated and very angry. Zach is acting weird – telling his boss (the evil boss) information about Fisher that isn’t correct and he puts something in Fisher’s pocket (who is tied to a chair). When evil boss leaves the room for a moment, Zach tells Fisher he is CIA, and that he can’t blow his cover and for Fisher to escape, quick!
And this is where I started getting angry. Because Fisher is pissed that Zach has been lying to him and he doesn’t believe Zach is actually a CIA operative, or a good guy, or in love with him. So instead of handling the situation, Fisher just stands there and argues. mmmkay – the thing is – Fisher lies for a living with his job. He isn’t some normal civilian who can’t grasp the idea of living a life of lies for the greater good. Fisher is an undercover guy too. I’m sure it was a shock to see Zach, but what happened to acting professionally when there are a lot of really bad guys around? Instead you stand there and argue like you are a teenager? Get over yourself, assess the situation and deal with the personal stuff later.
Instead he blows Zach’s cover and later is eventually convinced Zach is CIA. But still butthurt over the fact that he was lied to. He was a very frustrating hero. I liked the suspenseful beginning, but then by the halfway mark, it peters out. Zach and Fisher have sex and hot make out sessions as they try to figure out how to move forward in their relationship – or if Fisher even wants that – and how to reinsert Zach into his undercover assignment.
I wanted a little more spy action and more fun times between Fisher and Zach – not Fisher acting like a big baby because Zach has a secretive job – just like him.