Title: Flash and Bang (Death and Destruction #2)
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Release Date: August 13, 2016
Page Count: 347
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.20 stars out of 5
If running from a hit man wasn’t scary enough, ATF agent Thayne Wolfe, has a new challenge in his life and this one may be even more dangerous than the last. He has to figure out how to work with his reckless new partner, a handsome former Marine who seems to have a death wish.
Jarrett Evans never stays in one place very long and being chained to a desk doing paperwork is not his idea of entertainment. His lover and new partner at the ATF seems to find ways to throw a monkey wrench into all his fun, especially when Thayne wants to curtail his need to jump off ten story buildings.
When their boss sends them to San Diego to investigate a fireworks accident, he figures Jarrett can’t hurt anyone playing with sparkers, not even himself. The fact is, danger, intrigue and Jarrett’s dubious past seem to follow the men wherever they go.
From a Marine base at the Mexican border to an explosion in LA’s Chinatown, they aren’t prepared for a seriously pissed off militia, a smoking hot ex-lover, and more guys who want them dead.
The sparks will fly in and out of the bedroom in Flash and Bang.
This book is part of the series, but I read it as a standalone.
The book started with a bang but the ride was rocky from there. It felt somehow like the author was trying too hard: the interactions between characters were just the tiniest bit off. I ended up being alternatively annoyed or confused. To be fair, it might be just the matter of perception, but it kept throwing me out of the story which did not help with the overall impression of the book.
The main characters, Jarrett and Thayne are ATF agents. They are tasked with investigating the sabotage of fireworks display, which sounded interesting. Sadly, the plot became convoluted after that. On the relationship stage, the appearance of Jarrett’s ex seemed like unnecessary complication and went nowhere fast. (Except I got annoyed with Jarrett. If you’re sleeping with one guy, don’t kiss another.) The second half of the book was better. It was filled with action but there was a fair amount of bloodshed, which I don’t particularly like. The plot felt forced and characters’ reactions seemed over the top to me. This might be better fit for people who love watching cop shows, but I am interested in author’s other works.