Title: Death and Destruction (Death and Destruction Series #1)
Author: Patricia Logan Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Release Date: 9-16-16
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Mystery and Suspense,
Length: 10 hours and 19 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe is less than thrilled. The state’s attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world’s most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans is tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.
Jarrett Evans, former Marine, has always been a free spirit, doing the dirty work for Uncle Sam whenever and wherever he’s needed. One of the best snipers in the world, Evans is at peace with the man he’s become. That doesn’t mean he’s ever liked the cold-blooded killer who stares back at him from the mirror every day. The moment he meets pretty boy Thayne Wolfe, things start a slow change and redemption begins to sound possible.
Mills Lang, the world’s most ruthless arms dealer, is little more than a serial killer in his own right. Rotting away in prison with nothing but time on his hands, Lang is determined to destroy the man he allowed into his inner circle. Thayne Wolfe will die in the most painful way, along with anyone he loves.
A thrilling, action-packed, sexy romance.
Jarrett Evans is tasked with protecting ATF special agent and witness, Thayne Wolf, from a hitman while waiting for the trial of an arms dealer he’d help capture. These two alpha males are just perfect for each other. There’s attraction from the start and, although they try to resist getting involved, there’s chemistry and sexual tension between them for much of the first half of the book. When they finally make out their sex scenes are smoking hot.
Instead of going into protective custody the two men go undercover in a hairdressing salon of all places as a way of ‘hiding’ from the hitman. An unusual choice, but it adds interest and brings in a host of other characters along with some humour and light relief to mix with the anticipation and suspense. If you can accept these two ‘hard’ men would fit into such an environment and that one of them could train to be a ladies’ hairdresser in two days (even with some previous barber experience!) and that they are ‘hiding’ in plain sight from a killer then you’ll probably enjoy the plot. To keep the story moving they workout, go to a bar and the beach, and ride on Jarrett’s motorbike, so they’re not stuck in the apartment in their down time.
We are given a couple of other character points of view so the suspense builds because the reader/listener gets to see what’s happening in the background. There’s plenty of excitement as our guys try to stay one step ahead of the hitman, culminating in an action-packed climax.
I was a little surprised by the ending, though, in that the story wasn’t really truly resolved. Without giving away spoilers, surely Thayne is still in danger and yet he’s going back at work.
It’s a long audiobook of over ten hours. The writing is descriptive and detailed, sometimes unnecessarily so and could have been more concise. Some information is occasionally repeated by the other POV character, but overall the picture painted of the scenes and characters are clear. The backgrounds to the MCs are steadily revealed over the course of the story, although some of the details seemed to be inconsistent with the character at times.
Despite these seemingly negative points I enjoyed listening to this story. What I liked best was the romance and the relationship that slowly built between Thayne and Jarrett. I just adored these guys. It’s not insta-love and Jarrett especially is trying to convince himself that this is just a temporary fling when we know it’s not.
It took me a few chapters to attune to the narrator’s voice and his rather robotic style of narration. But as with the story I grew to like it and enjoyed the performance and his range of distinctive voices with the various accents. When emotion and passion were needed he was spot on every time and I particularly loved his voice for Jarrett and the way he said darlin’.
Death and Destruction Series
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