Rating: 3 stars out of 5
In college, Carlo Langlois had a secret crush on Ky Kinnaird, a straight jock who was everything wonderful in Carlos’ opinion. But Carlos was shy, gay, and didn’t run in the same circles so he didn’t think Ky was even aware he existed. Fast forward to the present. Carlos is a member of the diplomatic corps, he’s in a foreign and hostile nation, and he’s in a world of trouble. His helicopter was shot down and now he needs rescuing and medical attention.
Who does MI-6 send in to extract him but Ky Kinnaird, a secret agent and his old crush. Secrets come out and the old attraction flares up, now only if Ky can keep Carlo alive enough to see if they have a future ahead.
DMZ from Andrea Speed reads more like a single chapter from a larger story than a complete story itself. It has many good elements going for it. A narrative that manages to convey a sense of urgency and moment to moment terror of discovery as well as a sense of loss and emptiness of buildings and people damaged by too much warfare and bombardment.
The characters too are intriguing from the snippets we get of their backgrounds and mutual history. I just wish that all the great little elements added up to a piece of substance. One that feels complete instead of just a pulled out section of a larger story.
I love Andrea Speed and if you are new to this author, I think I would explore her other stories first before picking up this one. It’s tempting enough for me to wish that Speed uses it as a platform for a larger novel or series.
Cover art by L.C. Chase. Wow. What a dramatic cover! One of the Best of the Month! Love it.
Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press All Romance eBook (ARe) amazon DMZ
ebook, 29 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1632161044 (ISBN13: 9781632161048)