Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Can't Hide from Me by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Running into your ex is hard enough without a dangerous stalker in the mix.

Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location — until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen in years. Their “simple rescue mission” is about to get a lot more complicated.

For Ángel Medina, adjusting to life after his cartel nightmare is hard enough without confronting memories of a failed relationship. All he wants is a fresh start. But when a violent stalker lashes out from the shadows, Ángel realizes his nightmare is far from over.

As the stalker’s obsession escalates and bodies start dropping, Charles and Ángel are thrown together in a desperate search for the culprit. Tempers flare and old passions reignite, drawing them back into the same turbulent relationship that once ended in disaster.

But the stalker isn’t letting go — and the next strike might hit straight through the heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Once I started this book I didn’t want it to end, but then I kept putting it down so I could make it last. There is so much chemistry between Charles and Ángel and you can feel it the entire time. The sex was super hot too! The anger and tension was a bit much at times, but it is like that in real life too so it wasn’t an issue for me. With all the crap happening, I honestly didn’t know “who done it” until I was reading it and then I was thinking “are you kidding me?” Poor Ángel couldn’t catch a flipping break!!! I loved the book and would like to see additional books about the secondary characters, this might be a re-read book for me in the future.

Characters: Well written and believable
Sex: Yes, so hot!
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Charles and Ángel are ATF agents who are brought together after two years apart when Charles and his team extract Ángel from an undercover assignment. Charles and Ángel have a history that has left each of them angry. They are thrown back together for work, and even with unresolved issues hanging between them, they can't keep their hands off each other. This book gives us some very hot scenes.

Ángel's stalker is gets more brazen as time goes on. While a few red herring were thrown up, I thought it was obvious who the stalker was and I was a little disappointed that I was right. But it made sense and the final chapters of the story are thrilling, on the edge of your seat stuff. I thought briefly we were going to get a cliffhanger and I was getting nervous, but the story ends really well.

I do love reading books that combine a crime story with romance and Can't Hide from Me is excellent and just what I want. If the author writes more stories like this, I'll be lining up to read them.

I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single moment of realism in this book but undercover ATF agents, a dangerous drug cartel, and a crazed stalker make for an exciting story. Hunter and Ángel are complex characters and I enjoyed unravelling the long, complicated and often ugly history between these two men.

Hunter is a relatively straightforward closeted alpha male federal agent. His team is entertaining even if the team members aren’t entirely believable as federal agents. Ángel adds interest to the story. After a long-term undercover operation, his cover is blown and his loyalties are highly questionable. I loved the way he was written – I was drawn to him, I wanted to like him, but I found it almost impossible to trust him.

This isn’t a hearts and roses romance. The sex between Hunter and Ángel is hot but neither man is relationship material. Their history is ugly and their current relationship isn’t much better. While not much fun, the relationship is at least believable until a sticking plaster happily ever after is slapped on at the end of the story.

The suspense element of this story plays out better than the romance. Even though I guessed the identity of Ángel’s stalker early on, the tension in this story builds from the beginning with a tangle of subplots that kept me guessing all the way through. Again, this is entirely fictional and I had to suspend my disbelief at the start before I could enjoy the story – but I did find myself caught up in the action and loving the drama.

Cordelia Kingsbridge has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, but quickly discovered that direct practice in the field was not for her. Having written novels as a hobby throughout graduate school, she decided to turn her focus to writing as a full-time career. Now she explores her fascination with human behavior, motivation, and psychopathology through fiction. Her weaknesses include opposites-attract pairings and snarky banter.

Away from her desk, Cordelia is a fitness fanatic, and can be found strength training, cycling, and practicing Krav Maga. She lives in South Florida but spends most of her time indoors with the air conditioning on full blast!

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Can't Hide from Me by Cordelia Kingsbridge to read and review.

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