Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Title: Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: October 17th 2016
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Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.

Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
This is the first book I've ever read by Cari Z and I have to say, I really liked it a lot!  I am definitely going to try to check out a couple of her other books now.

Lennox is a former Army Sergeant who is trying to get his life back back together after making a terrible mistake while on duty.  He suffers from PTSD which has caused some distance between him and his teenage daughter.  

Elliot is by no means the perfect man either.  He is a former lawyer with a darker past but he managed to turn his life around and started a thriving business to help others overcome their pasts as well.

There was a lot of chemistry between the two MCs, which made for a few steamy scenes but there weren't so many that it overwhelmed the story (I think there were maybe 3?).  This story had much more plot to back it up.  The main focus stayed on the suspense of the story line.  I really loved the scenes when Elliot hung out with Lennox and his daughter.  I loved the inner monologues of each character when they started getting feelings for each other but I did which for a teeny bit more romance....but I guess that's kind of hard when you have someone trying to kill you. lol!  The epilogue was sweet but I wanted a little more.

**  I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **

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  1. Oh! The author has a great short name, I love it. Interesting how the protagonist has PTSD - that's great that the author has a character with PTSD. It's tough to write about for sure. That's awesome that there was a lot of chemistry between the pair. :D

    Great review, Julie!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. Ooooh this sounds intriguing! Action, intrigue, and romance? Sounds like a winner!


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