Title: Free Falling
Author: S.E. Jakes
Publisher: SEJ (Self published)
Cover Art: Frauke, Croco Designs
Buy Link: Amazon.com Free Falling
Genre: contemporary m/m
Length: Novella (150(?) pages, approx. 2200 kindle positions)
Rating: 4 out of 5 rating stars
A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: This story relied heavily on the sex, but it was a very entertaining read nevertheless.
The Blurb: Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all…
Blue’s a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. When he meets Mick, a mercenary and a hitter, he feels an immediate attraction. But Mick reneges on a bet they’ve made, leaving Blue pissed and confused.
When they meet again a year later, Blue’s in terrible danger after having walked into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Mick saves him, and although the two men have fallen for one another, they have no idea how to handle that kind of intimacy that’s been forced on them.
But when Mick goes missing on a job, Blue’s the one to go after him, determined to save the man he loves no matter the cost.
Cat burglars make fantastic romantic heroes. In order to not find himself laid up sooner rather than later, a cat burglar would be supposed to be sly, daring, fit, canny and, above all things, focused– and that’s Blue for you, an adrenaline junkie who gets his kicks out of the act of climbing walls and cracking security systems rather than from the actual theft. At least until he happens to cross paths with Mick on a job.
Mick is a mysterious character. Hitter, bodyguard, mercenary–which side of the law he’s on remains unclear for quite a while. One thing is clear right from the beginning, though: the attraction between him and Blue is mutual. At first it’s a game between them, but that becomes deadly serious when Blue accidentally ingests a drug that was meant for Mick. The fallout of the drugging moves their relationship along much faster than either of them would’ve expected, forcing them together in a strange kind of intimacy. However, love takes unusual ways sometimes.
This book is pure escapism. There’s lots and lots and LOTS of sex between two good-looking guys who also have some seriously hot chemistry between them. Also as individuals, the characters were well-drawn and sympathetic. Blue, a thief by nature and a social outcast almost by choice, still had an ulterior motive for his crimes, and he abode firmly by his own brand of honor code. Mick choose to put his criminal energy and violent tendencies to use for a greater good. Both are incredibly good at what they do, but are still human enough to make mistakes. I liked how they responded to each other, both respectful of the other’s vulnerabilities, complementing each other’s strengths. So, no complains on the romantic-erotic front.
The actual plot, on the other hand, was utter, if inventive and very entertaining absurdism, holey but tasty like Swiss cheese, and not lacking a decent dose of humor. There was a little bit of everything in here, from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” to “Dr. No” to “Leverage”, from the Albanian Mafia to the CIA to criminally stupid drug kingpins. It barely mattered that the quick plot twists didn’t always make a whole lot of sense since they mostly lead to yet another peppy action sequence or interesting encounter.
I really liked the writing style except for one pet peeve, the fact that Blue was constantly referred to as “the boy”. Okay, he’s smaller and younger than Mick, and he may like to take a more passive role in bed, but he’s neither a kid nor a sub (side note: Mick and Blue play with bondage a little, but as far as I can tell, there isn’t any actual BDSM content in here). However, this might be only me.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action- and sex-filled caper novel, if you’re willing and able to suspend disbelief, try this book. I liked it, and I’ll definitely read the next book in the series (which is going to be about Mick’s friend Prophet).