Title: Love In The Line Of Fire
Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, secret service agent, ex military, action
Page Count: 192 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Agent Jonah Pratt heads the Secret Service team guarding the President’s husband. When a routine day turns into a dangerous assassination attempt, the stranger who dives into the melee and takes down the assassin complicates the situation, sparking Jonah’s anger.
Just back from multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Benji hides the fact that he brought the war home with him and that it continues to haunt him. His actions in stopping the would-be assassin are more instinct than strategy. And his first conversation with a furious Jonah doesn’t end well.
Losing a member of his team turns Jonah’s world upside down. And if Benji seems to know exactly what Jonah is experiencing, it’s because he went through the same thing in combat. Jonah’s work consumes him, leaving little room in his life for anything else, and Benji focuses on his studies, working to keep his nightmares at bay. But when they get together, Jonah and Benji recognize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for love and happiness—one worth fighting for.
This was a good read that has a very sad start, but that sad start is what brings two men together.
Jonah is a secret service agent that protects the Presidents husband, Dr. Hammond. The detail has been pretty easy and pretty much the same routine each day. Then one day it isn’t. An attempt at Dr. hammonds life leads to one agent dead, Jonah questioning what should have gone differently, and another man stepping in and taking down the shooter.
To say that Benji never expected to have to take down another shooter again is to say the least, once out of the military he never expected to be back in that position again. Once everything is over and the suspect in custody, the questioning complete, Benji finally meets one of the agents he has been keeping his eyes on, Agent Jonah Pratt.
What starts off as a meeting in a horrible situation turns into a friendship, which in turn turns instinct a relationship between Jonah and Benji. But Jonah is not the the only one who has difficulty dealing with horrible incidents of the past. Benji has flashbacks from his time in the military and does not know when they will hit. So Benji is having a hard time dealing with them and the fact that the man he is falling in love with is in a dangerous situation daily at work.
When Benji’s worst nightmare happens and Jonah is injured in the line of duty, things may never be the same for the two men again. The injury is too much for Jonah to deal with so he pushes Benji away and once Jonah’s wakes up and realizes he made a mistake pushing Benji away, it may just be too late.
This was a good read. There is times that things between the two men is so sweet and surreal and other times when the problems they have to face seem like just too much. I love that this book was more on the real side of things as far as both men had to fight to find a happy ending together. Michael Murphy did a great job on this book. I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future.
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