Josh Montgomery is a red-blooded American male that loves his job and loves women even more. Part of an elite team run by General Derek Jacobs, Josh and his fellow assassins take pride in their jobs. When one Assassin gig turns into a rescue mission on the side, Josh's life is turned upside down by the man he rescues. Now, he has to take a good long look at who he really is. With the help from his friends Mateo, Riley, and Troy, Josh tries to understand what he's feeling.
Mark Patterson joined Doctors Without Borders to do good in a foreign country. Little did he know a maniacal drug lord would kidnap him and use him to deal drugs. Without any hope of rescue, Mark resigns himself to his prison. Until early one morning, when he's rescued by a blonde God. Josh Montgomery is tall, light, and beautiful…and straight. Being in close quarters only makes things harder on both men, will Mark get his man? Will Josh take a chance.... In the wilds of Denali Forest the two men come together, but is it for good? Or will Mark's past drive them apart?
©2012 Sandrine Gasq-Dion (P)2016 Sandrine Gasq-Dion
We met Josh in book one, briefly, but he saw the same Fortune Teller that told Mateo and Riley they’d be together. She told Josh he’d find an “unexpected love”… in a man!
At first he’s unsure if it’s just protective instincts but over time he realizes it’s something more – and far more scary!
When he runs away to give Mark space, Mark takes the time to heal. When the two reconnect – there’s nothing in the way of them finding their forever together.
We are also introduced to the Denali wolf pack and Dakota for the first time and we get to hang with Riley and Mateo some more as well.
The first half of the story kills me. It’s hard to listen to – more than to read. Greg does such an amazing job with the tense emotions and then transitioning to the humor and the passion.
There is a bit of hurt/comfort, new to being gay exploration, some action and adventure, and lots of sweet feels.
The series is funny, sexy, sappy and sentimental all at the same time. The boys are fun teasing one another and when they fall in love they fall HARD. There’s lots of hot smexy times, but lots of introspective moments as well. Sandrine does a nice job of setting up the other stories – Derek and James, Troy and… Sam and… Keegan and… Letting us glimpse the characters and their future challenges.
I love this series so much, and I’m really hoping Greg is doing all the narrations because he’s already started to differentiate the many characters with subtly different voices. (Keegan in particular is a riot! And I’m really interested in where he goes with Sam as well.)
It was such a joy to listen to this – one of my favorite series brought to life by a master narrator! Highly recommended!
(There are no shifters til book 3 - but stay tuned!!)
5 of 5 stars
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Someone told me this series is like crack. They're not entirely wrong. It's really, really hard to stop once you start...except maybe with an intervention. But who needs that?
Once, again the story features a badass assassin who only kills truly bad guys. This time the assassin rescues a doctor from a horrifying situation. Trigger warning: Rape.
Greg Tremblay, under his Greg Boudreaux alias, narrates this story just as wonderfully as expected. Seriously though? One of the only reasons I've given this such a high rating is because of Greg's entertaining narration. There are definitely issues with the story, the writing, and the editing (I whispersynced so I both read and listened), but Greg's narration sweeps those concerns away in pure pleasure.
There were two things I absolutely loved in this story though (besides the narration): first, Mark goes to therapy after his ordeal. It wasn't just a quick fix and jumping into bed with Josh. Second, when Mark and Josh first make love it's not super easy, pound 'em into the mattress...it was a realistic love scene that didn't take away from the passion. Me likey.
Me likey a lot!
Greg's narration absolutely elevates this story to pure entertainment. Bottom Line? It was FUN. Fun enough that I bought the next two books in ebook and audio.
NOTE: Don't be confused like I was. Though this is called the "Assassin/Shifter" series, there is, in fact, only a brief mention of shifters in this story, and they don't really show up until book three.
This story is mostly a M/M romance, though it has bits of kidnapping, chases, and suspicion. But they are not the brunt of the story. Josh, a self-described assassin, for the first time in his life, comes to terms with his sexual and romantic interests immediately, and I mean immediately, after only seeing Mark, a doctor. Mark is not described as fem, but both Mark and Josh are repeatedly described as "beautiful," especially by each other. In fact, the terms "beautiful," "f**k," "jesus," and "god" (as expletives) are said far, far, far too often in this story, along with everything being "sexy." Though Mark and Josh didn't move to intercourse quickly, that's all they did after they started. This with the overuse of those terms kept this story at a very shallow level. There was very little serious attention given to Josh's self-realization, and Mark and Josh finally getting together and being accepted by all around them was too easy, too pat. Josh, a possessive alpha-male who was very active with women, took this huge change in his life relatively easily. He had more concern about Mark, as a result of his kidnapping (not a spoiler since info in the book description), than he did about his sexual orientation enlightenment. At least the narrator was consistently good.
The performance was spot on. The book kept you interested throughout. You need to read the previous book in the series to get the full understanding. But you never regret that you started.
I really enjoyed listening to one of favorite series by Sandrine Gasq Dion. She write a lot of great things and I'm glad to be able to listen to another of her story. I really like the guy Greg Boudreaux telling the story. Good listening!!😍
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