Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Pres
Genre: Contemporary Free – MMM
Spanning the six years before the events of Talking in Code, this collection of short stories recounts highlights of how Richard, Tim, and Eric fell in love—and into bed. These seven tales reveal the early adventures of the two former Navy SEALs, an expert sniper, and their paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega. Between dangerous missions and their aftermath, the three men find time to explore the limits of their relationship and what it might become, whether it’s blistering physical passion or something with the potential to run much deeper—something that will see them through their most difficult battles.
It’s not easy to review a short, open-ended prequel but I will say I’m happy to have read it before starting Talking In Code. It’s the very beginning of the relationship between Tim Davenport, Richard Horn and Eric Newton. It describes how the decision to bring Eric into Tim and Richard’s bed was made and their first encounter. There’s a brief action scene and a cliff-hanger ending.
The blurb mentions six years and seven stories, so at this point I’m uncertain if this is simply the first of the seven. I would assume it is, since this doesn’t encompass the passage of six years. I’m still rating it based on what it is. It’s well written in the technical sense and does establish the atmosphere of a paramilitary organization, as well as the sense of a comfortable, long term relationship between Tim and Richard. Less clear, is why it seemed so easy for Richard to accede to Tim’s wishes or if a third was something that had previously occurred. I’m looking forward to more story unfolding. I may postpone the longer novel, in the event of more short prequel stories.
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