Author: Lynda Aicher
Series: Kick, #3
Genre: M/M Romance
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
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After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.
Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.
3.5 out of 5 stars
This is the 3rd book in Lynda Aicher's Kick series, but it can be read as a stand alone. We do see couples/characters from the previous stories, but I think the author does a pretty good job of explaining things, so no one will be lost in this one. I've read all three books in the series, and was anxiously awaiting Finn's story, but unfortunately I didn't love this one as much as I hoped I would.
Finn was involved in a tragic accident with his cousin and his best friend. His best friend did not survive, so Finn not only is suffering from survivors guilt but also is recovering from being in a coma. He has been refusing help from his friends and isolating himself.
Tanner is Finn's remaining best friend. They both have feelings for each other but haven't gotten used to holding back because they were part of the same Marine team. Tanner comes home from deployment to find out Finn has been involved in a terrible accident and their other friend did not make it.
I am normally a big sucker for friends to lovers type of stories, but for some reason this one just did not work for me. I don't know if it was the constant mention of their love for their friend or the guilt at getting together, or what it was but I just didn't "get" their relationship as well as the previous stories. Don't get me wrong, the sex scenes were hot and had a bit of a BDSM quality. Aicher can definitely write some scorching bedroom scenes.
I think book #2, The Deeper He Hurts, is still my favorite. This book wasn't bad by any means, I just didn't click with the characters as much as I would have liked.
** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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