A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: Stranded by HelenKay Dimon

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

stranded_250What happens when two hired assassins who each believe the other is dead find out they’re not? Lots of anger, lots of action, lots of sex, and then more anger.

Cabe nearly died when the mission he was on to release a kidnapped woman fell apart, and the man he was trying to bring down was able to trace the names of all those involved in the mission. When he’s finally hunted down and faces the barrel of a gun, it’s his lover who pulls the trigger. Betrayed and hurt, Cabe’s current goal is to find Brax Hughes and bring him down.

Cabe arrives at a remote cabin in Alaska, sent there by his boss on a last mission before he retires. His boss claims he’s the only man who can get the code from the man holed up in the cabin, so imagine Cabe’s surprise when the man turns out to be his former lover. Brax pulled some strings to get his former boss to help him set up this meeting with Cabe in a very remote area of Alaska. He figures he has only a few days to convince Cabe that he planned to shoot him to save his life, and he never intended to kill him. He also hopes to win Cabe’s heart and convince him of how much Brax loves him.

But when another of the boss’s operatives shows up, and Brax agrees, behind Cabe’s back, to keep the operative’s presence hidden, he’s actually sealing the deal on Cabe never being able to believe Brax is capable of telling the truth. The two go around and around with the shame and blame, he said-he said, and they have lots of sex—hard, punishing sex. They don’t demonstrate the love they supposedly feel, and Brax continues to screw up to the point where Cabe finds out about the latest deceptions, and it’s doubtful he can ever forgive Brax.

This story was okay, some of it even good, but I didn’t care for the alpha man, angry sex scenes over and over again. Nor did I like their backstory. It was complex and complicated, and with the number of times that either one or both found out the other had been deceiving them, it became difficult to follow. And, although the setup was there for an assassin to attempt to kill them while at the cabin, and certainly both were hated by many enemies, there was no shoot ’em up action in the story at all, making it feel incomplete.

On a positive note, most of the later action in the story takes place around Christmas, and there is indeed a HEA to bring a warm holiday note to the finale. I would recommend this to those who like stories of assassins, spies and mercenaries and big, beautiful men fighting it out for mastery of their relationship. In fact, with the added bonus of the Christmas season in this story, it would be a good stocking stuffer for friends who like that type of story.

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Cover Art by LC Chase features a handsome man in winter gear standing against a background of snow-covered trees. This is a nice representation of the MC in the story.

Sales Links: Riptide Publishing | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:

eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-363-6
eBook release: Nov 23, 2015
Print ISBN: 978-1-62649-364-3
Print release: Nov 23, 2015
Word count: ~41,000,Page count: ~155

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Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

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