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New Release Tour! Part & Parcel (Sidewinder #3) by Abigail Roux *Review and Giveaway*

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Part & Parcel (Sidewinder #3)
by Abigail Roux

A M/M Contemporary Romance
Released December 19th 2015

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Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.

Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.

 

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Review

4 stars

The story picks up after the Miami mess that left Nick fighting for his life. The Sidewinder men have retreated to their respective lives and moving on–somewhat. While still recovering from his injuries, Nick decides to go through a box of stuff Elias Sanchez left him when he died only to discover several letters with specific instructions on where Sidewinder must travel to and what they must do once there.

I enjoyed this story very much. I loved having Sidewinder back together and I especially loved seeing them working towards strengthening the bond their shared. Of course, it was fantastic to have Ty and Zane back on the page, but I also enjoyed getting to know Elias Sanchez a little bit more. The road trip and subsequent letters and instructions revealed how deeply connected the guys were and how much Elias was missed by the men.

Of course, I can’t forget to mention Nick and Kelly’s relationship. On the surface, everything looks to be running smoothly between the two, but it’s clear there are underlying issues each man is dealing with that in one way or another has affected their relationship. Trust issues, insecurities, resentment, and anger are just some of them. Although I found some issues to be over the top and drawn out (especially for two men who knew one another for 20+ years!), I enjoyed the range in emotions these issues brought and how they were ultimately resolved.

Which leads me to sex! Oh yes, there was some of that and of course it was hot. But I admit, what did it for me were some of their more intimate conversations where they both lowered their guards. It was during these moments where they allowed the other to speak their mind without judgement that their connection as a couple shined through. I loved it!

All in all, a great addition to the series where friendship and loyalty took center stage–both for Sidewinder and Nick and Kelly as a couple.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Sidewinder series

Shock & Awe (Sidewinder, #1)

Shock & Awe (Sidewinder, #1)
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About the Author

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.

Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Part & Parcel, we are selecting TWO giveaway winners! One will receive the last four Cut & Run books in audio, and the other will receive the full Sidewinder series in audio. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 26, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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Cross & Crown (Sidewinder #2) by Abigail Roux *Review and Deleted Scene*

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Cross & Crown (Sidewinder #2)
by Abigail Roux

A M/M Contemporary Romance
Released June 9th 2014

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When Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

 

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Review

4 stars

3.5 stars

After recovering from his surgery, Nick finds himself in the middle of a case with a witness suffering amnesia and a mystery as to what lays behind it all–right before Kelly arrives to spend two weeks with him.

Wanting to keep Kelly by his side, Nick manages to get Kelly in the case as a consultant. With Kelly’s help he hopes to solve the case quickly so they can enjoy what’s left of their vacation. However, what Nick is not expecting is to be leading a treasure hunt that will take him all over Boston, requesting help from people from his past or cooperating with Julian, the man who shot at his boat.

I do believe that Abigail Roux delivered a fun adventure-type story packed full of history facts, myths and legends. (I don’t know much about Boston’s history but I’ll take Abi at her word in that regard.)

The action/adventure was paired up with enough historical details to keep me interested throughout. It helped that Nick and Kelly worked together well in solving each of the clues that came their way. It also helped that the writing was infused with Abi’s trademark humor. There were the witty comebacks, the sarcastic remarks and the one-liners.

But I will be lying to you if I don’t admit that I’m still conflicted about this story.

First, I love Nick and Kelly. Maybe it’s because the author is revealing more about them in this story, maybe is because of the circumstances they found themselves in–I don’t know–they just didn’t seem to be the Nick and Kelly I’ve gotten to know. In this book, both Nick and Kelly behaved contrary to what I’ve know them to be. Not that it’s a bad thing exactly, just that I wasn’t expecting it.

For example:

  • Who is this Kelly? I get that he admires and supports his partner, but not at the cost of losing himself. His reverence of Nick was over the top and so out of character that I found it hard to take him seriously.
  • As far as I know Nick is a cop not a historian. He may be a history buff and that’s a great trait to have but it wasn’t easy for me to see him in that light. He’s a member of Sidewinder–a Marine–where’s that part of him? Temper tantrums does not a warrior make.

Second, I love history facts, treasure hunts and a good mystery as much as the next gal. I even count National Treasure as one of my favorite movies. However, I don’t like to be bombarded by facts every which way, especially when it takes away from the romance of the story. Maybe if the book was categorized as an adventure book with romance elements then I wouldn’t have minded the hindrance. But when they story is billed as a Romance, especially a romance between two previously known characters then it becomes an issue because it interferes with what I’ve come to know of them and their relationship.

Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a total flop. The story was riveting and well written. I enjoyed taking part in the hunt for the clues and getting to know Nick and Kelly in another way. Also, it was great to see them built on their connection and discover that they were still as committed as they ever were to each other.

Needless to say that their chemistry was amazing. I count those encounters as my favorites simply because they weren’t there just for the sake of bringing in the sex. In my opinion, they brought about the side of Nick and Kelly that they didn’t let the world see–the tenderness, the raw emotion and the vulnerability of being open to getting hurt.

All in all, an intriguing if different read from what I was expecting but a good one nonetheless.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

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Nick was silent as he looked out on the moonlit fields. They were peaceful now, but it seemed there were echoes of gunfire and cannon blasting, bayonets clashing, men and horses screaming in fear and pain.

“It doesn’t really matter why, or how history writes it down,” Nick said. “The only thing that matters is that every man out there believed in what he was doing. He was standing on this ground, willing to take a bullet fired by his brother, to protect something he thought was worth dying for. That country. That king. That ideal. That land back home. That flag. That man leading him. That man standing beside him.” Nick’s voice filled with emotion and he lowered his head. “The burden of death and bravery in places like this is heavy. I’ve always been able to feel it. Someone should feel it.”

Even if Kelly hadn’t already felt the power of this place, it came through clearly in Nick’s voice. It was holy ground, in its own way, bearing the gravity of the past up in what were now wild green pastures dotted with stone and tourists. The agony of it. The struggle. And Nick believed the same as those men, felt it down to his bones. Call it patriotism. Heroism. Integrity. Honor. That indefinable something that had driven so many men to die for something they felt more important than life also lived inside Nick. It had lived inside their team. And if what he believed in was threatened, he’d do the same as they had done; die defending it.

Kelly’s chest constricted as he looked at Nick’s profile in the moonlight. He had never believed that men like this still existed, not until he’d met Sidewinder.

Nick’s breath billowed in front of him in the cold. His eyes were taking in the battlefield, seeing things Kelly couldn’t see, remembering things Kelly had lived with him. Kelly swallowed hard and set one hand lightly on Nick’s shoulder. He couldn’t think of anything to say, so he didn’t speak at all.

 

Sidewinder series

Shock & Awe (Sidewinder, #1)

Shock & Awe (Sidewinder, #1)

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About the Author

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of ‘Call of Duty’ throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.

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