Title: Soul of Discretion
Author: Susan Mac Nicol and M. Tasia
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: April 29, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Page Count: 181 pages
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Simon Bridgeworth, Earl of Stoneham, loves to play, and to perfect the game he delights in most, he’s funded a hook-up app, crUIzer, where he meets Nick Cooper, who turns out to be so much more than a one-night stand.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET
Simon Bridgeworth believes in loyalty, and keeping things in-house. When he discovers his best friend, who has been running the Canadian division of Simon’s tech empire, has been skimming millions from the company, Simon flies to Toronto to get to the bottom of the theft and learns his friend has been murdered. Devastated and at a loose end, Simon knows there’s no way the company’s problems can be kept under wraps now. Imagine his surprise when he learns the Mountie investigating the murder is the first repeat Simon has allowed himself in years.
Sergeant Nick Cooper is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He’s served his country in the military, and now he’s protecting the citizenry of Toronto. But devotion to duty is no longer enough. On a whim, Nick hooks up with Aristocrat69 on crUIzer, and what started as one night of incredible sex turns into an attraction neither man can ignore. When a grisly mob murder sends Nick to the Breakforce corporation, he is shocked to discover his lover is none other than its CEO. When Simon’s life is threatened, ethical lines blur as Nick does anything to keep him safe – no cost is too high for the man who has become Nick’s everything.
This…was lacking the oomph a little. I mean it started well enough, but it was touch over the top. It does give us solid insight into Simon: everything always goes the way he wants, he has everything he deigns to want so when the things go off the script he is annoyed. The betrayal he faced is two fold, as Peter is both his friend and employee and still stole from him and his company.
Then we met Nick and boy, are they different. While Simon both works hard and plays hard Nick had dedicated himself to his career to detriment of everything else. He is ready to let loose at this point in his life so who does he met? Simon.
While the writing style could use some polishing the characters and the plot were interesting enough to keep me reading. It’s simple, uncomplicated mystery with clear lines between good and evil. Simon, Nick and the way they contrast each other had great potential, but the rest of characters are two dimensional which worked against the story. Also the sudden shift in their relationship wasn’t convincing and the conflict because of situation they were in fell fat.
The outline of great story was there, Simon and Nick are interesting separately and together but the rest of it didn’t impress me. It’s a formulaic story, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading from beginning to the end. If you’re comfortable focusing mainly on the heroes and not in the mood for complicated plot this should be easy read.
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