Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all…
Expert thief Blue first met Mick, a mercenary and a hitter, when the millionaire they were working for sent them out to “retrieve” a priceless statue and ship it out of the country. Blue was adamant about working solo, Mick was just as adamant that he was coming along as ordered. The argument only ended after a bet was made and agreed upon. A bet Blue lost. But Mick never showed up, leaving Blue hanging and alone in the hotel room that had been part of the bet. Blue was angry, humiliated, and more than a little frustrated at the way the evening turned out. Blue swore that Mick wouldn’t get a second chance. And then a year later he sees him again.
A year later finds Blue in Bogota. The job Blue is on should be quick and easy, its also one he has been paid for. But things start to go wrong almost immediately. Blue spots Mick in a meeting in a bar, catching not only Mick’s eye but that of the dangerous drug dealer Mick is working with. It takes finesse and quick thinking by Mick to get Blue away from the criminal and a deadly situation that was getting out of control. Recovering, Mick and Blue realize that they care for each other. But their jobs and personalities make going forward impossible.
Then Mick disappears on a job and its up to Blue to save him. Suddenly nothing is impossible if only he can save Mick first.
Blue and Mick first appeared on my radar during the Hell or High Water series. SE Jakes gave us tantalizing glimpses of this duo throughout those stories as Blue popped in to visit Prophet only to be followed by Mick still chasing after him. A few sentences of dialog, a quick scene that telegraphed the deep love and affection these men felt for each other, and then, poof, they were gone. Blue would jump out the window with Mick close behind him. And the reader was left wondering who were these crazy men and what was their backstory?
In Free Falling, we finally get some answers, but only some. Blue is an unrepentant thief. He enjoys his work and is one of the top “procurement” people in the world. He is never going to change, a fact that has acted as a bulwark against any lasting relationships except one. But what happened to make Blue this way? SE Jakes has created an almost heartbreaking answer to that question. From Blue’s memories and several phone calls he gets while on the run, the reader gathers the pieces to the puzzle that is Blue. From his dysfunctional family background to his raison d’être, all are clues which help us better understand Blue. It also makes his need for stealing understandable and almost honorable, almost. Blue is a complicated man, surprisingly full of insecurities and yet still so confident in his abilities and intelligence. And he meets his match in Mick.
Ah, Mick. A massive mountain of a man. A killer, a soldier, full of unwavering loyalties. And yet….still capable of friendship and love. His complexities are a perfect match for the compulsions and intricacies that is Blue. I haven’t read all of the Extreme Escapes Ltd. stories, so I don’t know if his backstory is already out there. But again, SE Jakes gives us enough to cobble together an understanding of this man and the forces that drive him.
These men need a plot as intense, dangerous and wild as they are and they get it in Free Falling, a perfect metaphor for their lives. Someone is manufacturing a drug that whips a person into a long lasting sexual frenzy, one that compels them to want more and more sex. It’s the ultimate blackmail tool and perfect for creating sexual slaves. And EE and Mick are out to stop its manufacture and distribution.
Free Falling is such great high wire fun! The action is fast-paced and explosive. The sex scenes intense and incendiary. And the pathos when it comes, well, it’s heartbreaking. No idling, no slow speed to this narrative, it’s just revved up and roaring down the road!
So buckle up, grab this story up and prepare for one wild ride. You are going to love it.
Cover Art by Croco Designs, http://www.crocodesigns.com. Can that cover get any hotter? I don’t think so. Love it.
- Hell or High Water Series: Catch a Ghost, Long Time Gone, Daylight Again (coming soon), If I Ever (coming soon)
- Dirty Deeds Series (EE, Ltd.): Dirty Deeds, Dirty Lies (coming soon), Dirty Love (coming soon)
- Men of Honor Series: Bound by Honor, Bound by Law, Ties That Bind, Bound by Danger, Bound for Keeps (EE, Ltd.), Bound to Break
Looking forward to giving this a read.