Review: Christa Tomlinson – A Sniper’s Devotion (Cuffs, Collars, and Love Book 5)

Author: Christa Tomlinson
Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM Military

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


Summary: Officer Hector Castillo, a sniper on Houston’s elite SWAT team, is content living alone as a perpetual bachelor. But when he opens up his small apartment to a friend in need, their close quarters awaken long suppressed desires Hector can’t help but acknowledge.

Miguel Delgado’s unfortunate detour down a road he never intended to travel ends in a big wake up call, but he vows to get himself back on track. Though he’s always looked up to Hector, Miguel isn’t a kid with hero-worship anymore, and his schoolyard protector has matured into a strong and caring man – who happens to look damn sexy in his SWAT uniform.

Though their physical attraction to each other is undeniable, Hector and Miguel try hard to resist and protect their friendship. Until one night changes everything…

A Sniper’s Devotion is a loving and sexy, friends to lovers erotic romance. Hector and Miguel’s story is part of the Cuffs, Collars and Love series, but it is a stand-alone novel.

Tags: Friends to Lovers, Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Main Characters, Spanking, Stand Alone

Warning: Mentions of domestic violence

Review: Hector has been an often mentioned character on the Houston SWAT team that includes Clay and Ryan from the preceding books. This stand alone story is also written in similar style, with alternating POV’s for Hector and Miguel. I liked this new addition, especially getting several descriptions of action scenes with the team at work. Miguel was interesting, making positive changes in his life and becoming more secure and independent. The plot was more character driven than action driven and Hector and Miguel’s relationship is the focus. Hector had to come to terms with being bisexual but it wasn’t a difficult transition for him with anyone but himself.
I didn’t get very drawn into this story though and I was more often annoyed than empathetic with the characters. I didn’t care for the way Hector avoided or refused to discuss things, leading to misunderstanding and arguments. Both he and Miguel seemed terribly immature at times and there were few substantial exchanges of dialogue between them without some drama. The stalker ex seemed almost an afterthought and I didn’t get a strong sense of suspense, with the eventual conflict seeming to come out of the blue. The pacing and getting a feel for the timeline just felt awkward to me.
There were elements I liked a lot, such as showing Miguel’s determination to take charge of his life. Hector was presented well when confronted with mistakes in his behavior and adjusting his thinking. The spanking kink didn’t do much for the sex scenes and never felt natural. I felt like it was forced to fit with the BDSM theme of the series. So, pros and cons, holding my interest just enough but not stimulating my emotions quite enough. I’d recommend it as a pleasant way to see Hector in a different light and for an update on Clay and Ryan.

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