Title: Talking In Code
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Genre(s): Military gay romance, m/m/m relationship, danger, captivity, rescue, PTSD
Page Count: 285 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.
Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.
Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.
Sometimes the most horrible of situations can have something good come from it. And sometimes the people who you are supposed to trust turns out to be the enemy.
Richard, Eric, and Tim are all on the same team called Strike Force Omega. This is a group of men and women that have prior military, or government agencies experience but no longer are with hem whether from being retired or because they wanted something different. Strike Force Omega goes into situations that military cannot and takes care of what needs done then reports it back to Pentagon.
As of late, things seem to be going wrong on their missions. Richard believes that it is just bad luck then things get worse when Eric is captured on a mission and held prisoner. For four months Richard and Tim have been trying to do whatever they have to in order to get their lover back alive.
When thhe entail they have been trying to find comes in a group of people are sent in to retrieve Eric, At the same time this rescue mission is going on Tim has been sent to Syria on a mission also. This is when things go from bad to worse and now Richard is in the command center simultaneously watching both of his lovers in imminent danger and cannot do anything to help either of them. In the aftermath of both missions Eric has been rescued and in very bad shape and Tim has been ambushed and is in critical condition from being shot multiple times.
Richard immediately joins Eric and gets him stable enough to travel to where their other lover Tim is in the hospital in ICU. Richard knows that Eric has went through four months of hell but he feels all out of sorts on how to help ground Eric because he always made sure that when Eric needed grounding that Tim was around and able to do this since Richard believed that is who Eric wanted around.
But with Tim fighting for his life Richard is now left to wade through some rough waters and hope that he will be able to swim and not sink. Richard has to split his time between trying to help both of his lovers, Eric in the sense to needing to be grounded and making felt safe and Tim in the sense of giving him the love and support to keep getting better and to keep breathing.
This takes it toll on both Richard and Eric because both men are used to having Tim there to hold them all togther and now they are floundering with him in a coma and neither man willing to ask the other or tell the other what needs to be done. Or at least that is until Eric hits rock bottom with his emotions and has a bad panic attack. This is what changes the course of Eric, Tim, and Richards relationship forever and makes them a stronger truple couple. With Tim being in a coma Richard and Eric have to learn to navigate their part of their relationship alone without their buffer and figure out where both of them have gone wrong the past four years. Once this is done, things start to finally come together for these men and now they may have a fighting chance to figure out what happened to turn each of these missions so horribly wrong so fast and they may just come out on the other side of things stronger then ever.
This was a really good read that left me at times pretty upset with both Richard and Eric for their lack of communication with each other. It was pretty clear that they let Tim lead the relationship where Tim thought it was supposed to go so when he was not able to do so, things almost went belly up very quickly. I found myself wanting to knock all three men upside the head several times through out this read because it was clear that in the terms of the relationship Tim and Eric had the emotional connection and so did Richard and Tim but where Richard and Eric was concerned it was more of a sexual relationship and neither man really knew anything about the other. That is not the way to have a long term successful relationship.
But these two men figured out where they was going wrong and they was failing each of them and did what they had to do to rectify the situation. In the end this book was truly an amazing read. It was a very hard journey for all three of these men but when it mattered the most they came togther as a whole unit and made their relationship so much stronger. I really enjoyed taking this journey with these men. It was bumpy a lot but they made it out with their scars and their love for one another.
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