Drake and Chris have a past that ended badly last time around because they had issues relating to control that they could not overcome. Now Drake is back after serving his last 15 months stint overseas in a war zone and he’s looking for some action, cruising the neighbourhood bar which Chris manages.
When newly-promoted Chris sees him again his first emotion is relief that Drake made it out alive; then he’s mad because he feels that Drake does not care as much about him because he never heard from him while he was on deployment. In addition Drake is chatting up the young bartender, which makes Chris see red. After telling Drake to lay off the help Drake issues a challenge which goes back to their original reason for separating – a challenge that Chris can’t refuse.
Despite its short length this was a very entertaining and well constructed tale. Chris and Drake were three dimensional because the author took the time to fill in their back story and I felt that I knew them when they met again after their long separation. The Match is extremely well written and the author should be commended for ensuring that it was not just about the sex but concerned two characters who really cared for each other and had one major hurdle in their physical relationship that was difficult to overcome . Even the switches in POV were not detrimental because they were accomplished without disrupting the flow and when I was in each character’s head it was clear that they were both emotionally involved and wanted to be together. There were tender moments between Chris and Drake, the dialogue shone and the sex when it happened was sensuous and hot, all of which all made this a tremendously enjoyable story.
This is Dakota Flint’s first published story and if it is any indication of her writing talent I think she will have a very long career as an author.