Monday, February 15, 2016

Stranded by HelenKay Dimon

Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way — by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet — or worse — when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

A Love for the Holidays charity story

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Cabe and Brax are former mercenaries and former lovers. Cabe is doing one last job – delivering a message. When he arrives to give the message he finds his former lover – who is supposed to be dead and who had tried to kill him – alive and well, in the middle of nowhere Alaska.

The story of Cabe and Brax is slow going. A lot of time is spent telling us their back story but we don't get to experience it for ourselves. Cabe and Brax have a lot of issues to work out. The one thing they have going for them is great sex. But out of bed, Brax kept making the same mistakes over and over again and I was as pissed off about it as Cabe.

The story has some good points. Action both in the sheets and out is probably the highlight but the slow begging and Brax's juvenile decision making annoyed me. I'm on the fence with this one – 3 stars. Read it and decide for yourself.

This story has some interesting twists and turns, and much like the careers of the main characters, the behind the scenes events are secretive and confusing. I liked the dynamic between Cabe and Brax, and we soon learn just how much there is to explain, and forgive. How it comes about is really rather satisfying – and though we are treated to some really hot scenes early on, it is with understanding and love that the whole situation improves and grows. I liked it a lot, thank you Ms. Dimon.

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. She has sold over thirty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Carina Press and Riptide Publishing. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stranded by HelenKay Dimon to read and review.

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