Title: His Fateful Heap of Days (More Heat Than the Sun, #8)
Author: John Wiltshire
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: April 8, 2016
Page Count: 272
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Only a few months from his fiftieth year, Nikolas is feeling a distinct wobble in his formidable certainties. Aleksey Primakov appears to have become irrelevant. All he needs, therefore, is to be dragged into an adventure with Devon’s answer to the three musketeers. How many times can he tell Ben and his moronic friends that a mutilated body buried on Dartmoor has nothing to do with them? But not only does this desecration slowly become their business, it cuts to the heart of the life they have created together. It’s just as well, perhaps, that generals never do actually retire…
Sometimes even he and his carefully laid plans and strategies for deception were entirely undone by the genuine depth of love he held for Benjamin Rider-Mikkelsen.
I’ve learned many books back that it is entirely impossible to write or find an accurate (or even good) review for the More Heat Than the Sun series. Ben and Nik are in a league of their own. Wiltshire brings to life an epic love between two deeply flawed men in a fresh way with each continuation of their story. I can’t believe this is the eighth book, and that it’s still going strong. Because it is!! They’ve been together 12 years at this point, and I am always afraid that THIS will be the book that will jump the shark and make me stop caring about them so much. It hasn’t happened yet.
And it didn’t happen with this book. Ben and Nik took quite the hit in Book 7, and Book 8 shows those lingering effects. Ben is still heartbroken over his well-intentioned betrayal to Nik in the last book. And Nik….is feeling like he won’t hold Ben’s attention forever.
The first half of the story is spent in a more subdued place, as opposed to the action-packed melee that can sometimes consume parts of their stories. But things pick up in the second half with regard to the suspense/action part of these two former mercenaries.
I always swoon over the genuine love these two have for each other, and the way I laugh out loud at the way they purposefully rile each other up. Wiltshire has a subdued snark and sarcasm for each of them, for the way they are with each other. It’s a humor that I’m not familiar with in America, but have grown to love it over the course of these books.
“I do not like being so much in love, Benjamin, and I blame you entirely.”
This one didn’t disappoint, and I enjoyed it immensely, especially after the beating my heart took in Book 7. Recommended!
Loving implied conscious will. In love was captivity.
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