Title: The Farther He Runs (Kick #3)
Author: Lynda Aicher
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Page Length: 3392 Kindle Locations
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
In an explosive novel of long-awaited release from the award-winning author of The Deeper He Hurts, two emotionally exposed Marines learn to lean on each other—and discover the courage to act on their innermost needs.
After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.
Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.
The Farther He Runs is intended for mature audiences and includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
We are finally getting Finn’s story, Grady Kelley’s cousin who was injured in a river raft expedition and fell into a coma. (Read The Harder He Falls (Kick #1) for Grady and Micah’s story, but I think this book does a good job explaining Finn’s situation so it can be read as a standalone.)
Finn has recovered from his coma and struggles with constant pain from his injuries and the mental deterioration from the coma. He is stubborn and not letting any of his friends and family help him. Enter Tanner, an old friend of Finn’s who is secretly carrying a torch for him.
Tanner quickly takes Finn under his wing and they retreat to a remote cabin in the woods to work on Finn’s physical therapy. Sexual tension is in the air and the feelings grow between them.
While I liked book 1 and loved book 2, The Deeper He Hurts, this one is my least favorite of the series. I loved the healing/comfort, but the sexual tension payoff was minimal, at best. Like all books in this series, that sex was hot, but I wasn’t able to get past the circumstances of how Finn and Tanner finally consummated their relationship. It was awkward and felt like an after thought.
Friends-to-lovers is a favorite trope for me, but I didn’t buy into their relationship here. Too much negative inner dialogue, too much whining, not enough passion.
Fans of the first two books will most likely love this one, but I eagerly await the next in the series and marking this one as a no.
Cannot recommended this one. Check out The Deeper He Hurts (Kick #2) for some delicious angst, BDSM, dirty talk and passion.