Last Dance of The Sugar Plum


Title:Last Dance of The Sugar Plum
Author: Al Stewart, Claire Davis
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: April 14th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 170
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK

Jonathan is a spy.

Anton is Jonathan’s ‘keeper’.

Jonathan is a spy with a code implanted deep in his subconscious, so deeply he can’t remember—anything at all.

Anton is an interrogator intent on retrieving the code, whatever the cost.

But sometimes they dream of dark tunnels and locked-up rooms, and then they both scream.

TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK

Along comes Harry, who seems to have all the answers…but who is he, and which side is he on?

TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK

Bang!

For many months, Jonathan and Anton live apart from the world in a hazy, dreamlike state, only interrupted by interrogations and a healthy fear of HQ. One day, they watch a dance performance, and memories begin to unwind… A ticking clock… Betrayal… Missions… Always the scent of oranges. But with clarity, comes a return of powerful emotions…

Last Dance of The Sugar Plum is an exciting spy thriller with as many twists and turns as a maze.

This is a purposefuly vague and spoiler free review. Trust me, you need to go blind into this book. Honestly, I don’t know what to say exactly. I knew that Al Stewart and Claire Davis is quite a talented pair, but damn. If I ever managed to crawl in their heads, I’d never find a way out.

This book isn’t:

-Mainstream MM.

-Warm and fuzzy.

-Easy.

This book is:

Brilliant. Insanely clever.

Gritty.

Unique. Almost cult literature. Like a gay Twin Peaks sort of thing.

Suspensful. Edge of my seat all.the.time.

Unexpected. If you, like me, pat yourself on the back for figuring it all out before 90%…don’t. You haven’t figured out shit.

Romantic. Anton and Jon find each other throughout this story. The way the dynamics changed blew my mind. They form this desperate and passionate connection while going through hell, that bonds people for life. I didn’t expect any of this. Plus, HEA and an epilogue!

Masterfully written.

So, who is 42? Where does the sound of the Dance of the sugar plum fairy come from? Why was it always meant to be? The clock is ticking!


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Galley copy of Last Dance of The Sugar Plum provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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