Title: The Danger in Bohemia
Author: H. E. Kollef
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 260 Pages
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Will Mracek is forced to flee to Prague when he witnesses his boyfriend, powerful security magnate Jean Claude la Bête, commit murder. On the run, and with help from his cousin John, Will becomes an English teacher named Max Knight and does everything he can to blend in. Meeting Hadrian Walls, however, changes everything.
Max falls in love with the grumpy ex-RAF, now bartender, and Hadrian finds himself doing the same, despite not knowing the secrets of Max’s dangerous past.
But trouble has a way of coming home, and Max and Jean Claude will face each other one last time in a confrontation that sends both of them over the edge….
Will has just had the scare of a lifetime when he witnesses a man being murdered in front of him, and it gets worse since the murderer is his own -very rich, very powerful – boyfriend. He wasn’t supposed to watch. But now that he did, Will knows that the only way for him to remain alive is running. He’s lucky to find his cousin’s contact after some time apart, and is somewhat relieved when his cousin John not only helps him stay alive in New York, and later moves him to Prague, leaving everything he knows and owns behind.
Fast forward a few months, and Will now known as Max, is finally coming out of his shell. Living in Prague with John and his cousin’s boyfriend wasn’t the life he imagined for himself at 27, but it’s the one that’s keeping him alive. John is a retired marine doing anything in his power to keep Jean Claude, his cousin’s ex-boyfriend from finding him.
Under unorthodox circumstances, Max meets Hadrian. Hadrian is a bartender, and retired member of the Royal Air Force. Hadrian knows Max means trouble when he notices he’s always skittish and nervous around people. They both have a troubled past, one with an ex bent on finding the one who got away and controlling him, the other who used to be an alcoholic and man whore. Together, they find themselves in a precarious position, which only gets worse when Jean Claude manages to track down his runaway lover.
The Danger in Bohemia had a real slow start at least for me. The action only starts at 70% of the story and that makes the book feels twice as long. The beginning was a little rocky, it seemed like everything had an adjective to be described about. That’s not so bad, as long as the story is flowing, which wasn’t the case here. The pacing was a little off, with Will becoming Max, and we only hear lightly about what he went through to get to Prague.
I liked Hadrian enough, he was a good enough character. It took a while for the MC’s to meet, which also slowed down the story. The book picked up closer to the end than the beginning, but it was good.
I like my suspense and military romance to be packed with action, and drama and running and fight all at once. I like to read at the edge of my seat, chewing my nails hurrying up to turn the next page and be blown away with what’s happening, and unfortunately that wasn’t the case with The Danger in Bohemia. I would like to read something else from this author, maybe not in the same setting though. I’m not crazy about stories set in Europe, but the author managed to detail Prague like in no other story I have ever read, and that’s a great plus for me.