Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Wick Templeton and Ned Harris have begun to settle into their relationship after the traumatic events of the past year. So when Ned decides to go west to Arizona to check on an old friend, Wick goes with him. That each man’s past is about to collide in Mountain Shadows, Arizona, is something neither saw coming.
Can Ned’s past break the men apart when Wick’s past pulled them together? What waits for them and their relationship on top of the mountains of Arizona, and what surprises lie in store for Wick and Ned that will change the way they look at each other forever?
Wick, Wick, Wick. How I love that man! I became addicted to him in Havan Fellows’ Wicked Ways series from Pulp Friction 2013 and now he’s back and I couldn’t be happier. But this time, it’s Wick who is along for the ride and its Ned’s mission they are on. Quite a switch up. And that strange change about of roles continues throughout this story. What an astonishing group of surprises, no shocks, really, that are in store for us all, characters included.
Ned is there to find an old friend. Wick is there to figure out how that friend fits into their newly established relationship. That and check up on Cannon and the problems he has been hearing about from Chance and Rory. Mountain Shadows is just one violent episode away from a complete meltdown on many fronts and Wick and Ned are there to add flame to the fire.
This is a short story and almost anything I can say about the plot falls into spoiler territory as the shocks start immediately when we find out just who Ned’s friend and partner was. Didn’t see that one coming. The implications are huge for all and the guns and knives are out the minute Wick’s opens the doors on his and Ned’s rental car.
Wick and Ned are never good at talking about their relationship, what it means to them and where it’s going. But that will have to change and it does in an astonishing manner. The emotional confrontations here are intimate, painful, angry and no amount of scared. But who comes apart is just as unexpected as the rest of the story. Fellows’ plot eddies and swirls, with elements from last year’s series intermixing with those of this year’s Elemental Connections. It works and the mixture proves as explosive and addicting as all the rest.
Will we see them all again? Not sure because no one is sure what happens next. Not the characters nor the readers. And that’s the way I like my mysteries…and my men, uh characters that is. Rowen and Wicked, what a fabulous duo! I can’t wait to see what Havan Fellows has in store for them next. Stay tuned.
Cover art by Laura Harner. Love it.
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published August 6th 2014 by Appleton Publishing Avenue
The Pulp Friction 2014 series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters, events and plot:
Firestorm (Fighting Fire: 1)by Laura Harner
Cold Snap (In From the Cold: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blown Away (Whispering Winds: 1) by Havan Fellows
Higher Ground (Earthquake: 1) by TA Webb
Controlled Burn (Fighting Fire #2) by Laura Harner
Cold Comfort (In From the Cold #2) by Lee Brazil
Blown Kisses (Whispering Winds #2) by Havan Fellows
Moving Earth (Earthquake #2) by TA Webb
Backburn (Fighting Fire #3) by Laura Harner
Cold Feet (In From the Cold #3) by Lee Brazil
Blown Hard (Whispering Winds #3) by Havan Fellows
Tremors (Earthquake #3) by T.A. Webb
Flare-up (Fighting Fire #4) by Laura Harner
Out In The Cold (In From the Cold #4) by Lee Brazil
Blown Chance (Whispering Winds #4) by Havan Fellows
Aftershocks (Earthquake #4) by T.A. Webb
Round 3 and 4 Side Stories:
Taking Chances by Lee Brazil (a In From the Cold story)
Wicked Winds by Havan Fellows (PF2014 3.5)
Round Five: to be released
Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5) by Laura Harner
Cold Day in Hell (In From the Cold #5) by Lee Brazil
Final Blow (Whispering Winds #5) by Havan Fellows
Terra Firma (Earthquake #5) by T.A. Webb
Sixth Book Series Finale Written by all the Authors