Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Dayton “Day” Ingram is recovering from an injury suffered in Mexico—and from his failed relationship with fellow Scorpion agent, Knight. While researching an old government document, Day realizes he might be holding the key to finding an artistic masterpiece lost since WWII.
But the Russians are looking for it too, and have a team in place in Eastern Europe hunting it down. Day and Knight are brought back together when they are charged with getting to the painting first.
Knight wants to leave Mexico and everything that happened there behind, and return to the life he had—except it wasn’t much of a life. When he’s partnered up with Day, keeping his distance proves to be challenging. But Day is as stubborn as Knight and isn’t willing to let him walk away.
Their assignment leads them through Germany and Austria with agents hot on their tail—agents willing to do whatever it takes to get to the masterpiece first. If Day and Knight can live long enough to find the painting, they might also discover something even more precious—each other.
As once again exquisitely narrated by Andrew McFerrin, Sun and Shadow by Dirk Greyson picks up the story of the partnership of Scorpion agents Dayton “Day” Ingram and Knighton “Knight” after their first meeting and mission in Mexico. For me, it’s here that the series and chemistry really starts to gell between Day and Knight (the name of the series as well).
I enjoyed the framework of a case that Grayson employs here far more than I did the one in the first story. It’s a sort of Monuments Men caper of stolen/missing artwork from WWII and it leads our couple on a merry chase through Europe that’s both taut with suspense and full of excitement. It also allows Day and Knight plenty of time to address their increasing attraction to each other and Knight’s inability to let go of his guilt over the deaths of his wife and child. Plus Day has a few issues of his own to work out. All while chasing an artwork that may or maynot exist and eluding the bad guys hot on their trail. It all works together just as you hope a hot action thriller would.
I was happy to see some forward movement here with Knight on his guilt issues. That mobius loop of his is a refrain that gets tiresome as even Day admits after a while. Even the verbiage coming out of his mouth is almost exactly the same. I’m not sure why it’s so hard to empathize with Knight here but somehow the author has almost made Knight’s guilt ridden rants so predictable that instead of feeling sorry for him you start to turn it off. Just the opposite I know of what Greyson what going for. It was even trying Day’s patience there…a wonder, as he could only suggest the same things to move the man on over and over.
Aside from that. I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed, swift moving tale. The relationship between Knight and Day is progressing nicely. The sex is hot, the emotional quotient heating up as each is starting to acknowledge what they mean to each other. Ah, those slow burn romances! It helps with your partner being shot at, the stimuli of danger, death, and intensity is a great combination.
f course, Day remains a favorite with his high intelligence, snark, sexiness, and general overall appeal. He pulled Knight right into it for me because Knight has really grown into a wonderful character that I’m rooting for as he works through his many issues and starts to realize what his present may hold for his future.
Making this story really jump to life is that marvel of a narrator Andrew McFerrin whose talents I can’t go on about enough. McFerrin inhabits each character so thoroughly that you believe that there is more than one narrator, and slides the story along with his enthusiasm and excitement. I hope he narrates the entire series. And now I’m on the lookout for more stories that he has voiced. Honestly, it’s a joy listening in and you can’t believe how fast the pace when under the thrall of an excellent narration.
So, onto Dusk and Dawn which unfortunately isn’t out in audio yet so I’ll be picking it up in eBook and yes, audio as well once its out. I will be interested in comparing the two formats. I will let you know what I find. Until then?
Grab up Sun and Shadow (Day and Knight #2) by Dirk Greyson and Andrew McFerrin ( Narrator). It’s an excellent action packed hot action thriller with a slow burn romance that’s heating up beautifully. Really, this series is getting better and better with each story. I’m definitely recommending it.
Cover Art: L.C. Chase works perfectly to brand the series, the couple and the story. Love it.
Listening Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes
Audible Audio, Audiobook
Published July 7th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published November 9th 2015)
SeriesDay and Knight #2