Title: Three Vlog Night (Plummet to Soar #3)
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 212 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flame out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Ajax Fairchild’s online alter ego has caused him trouble before, but never like this. After multiple death threats, his loaded parents decide he needs an enforced digital vacation and the best bodyguard money can buy.
That would be Dmytro Kolisnychenko, former soldier, former hired muscle for the Ukrainian mob—until he lost his happy home life to an enemy with a homemade bomb. Now he wants only two things: to spend every precious second he can with his daughters, and to provide for them by protecting people who can’t protect themselves—even entitled little asshats like Ajax Fairchild.
But Ajax doesn’t fit into the spoiled little rich kid box as neatly as Dmytro would like. Dmytro doesn’t have time for a romantic dalliance, and Ajax is a client, albeit one with unexpected depths. With one coincidence after another driving them to the sleepy seaside town of St. Nacho’s and away from their planned safe house, they grow to trust each other and find that love follows trust. Now they must learn where the threat to Ajax is coming from and neutralize it… before it’s too late for their happily ever after.
The first three books in Z.A. Maxfield’s “The Cowboys” series are probably some of the finest books I’ve read in the M/M genre. Maxfield has the gift of taking flawed men and helping from them find redemption and love. Taking us through their struggles, you feel you know these characters down to their very bones.
Reading “Three Vlog Night,” I waited and waited to get drawn into the story and become captivated by the characters of Ajax and Dmytro. Unfortunately, I could not get past my initial perception of Ajax as a whiny entitled jerk. It doesn’t help that we get little in the way of background and in-depth character development and even the reason Ajax is on the run from a crazed stalker is never really fleshed out other than a passing muddled reference or two. Dmytro fares a bit better and you sense his passionate love for his children and his efforts to better their lives.
As the plot developed, I often felt as if I had missed something or that the background was perhaps covered in the two earlier books in the “Plummet to Soar” series or in Maxfield’s “St. Nacho” series. The pace of the story was good, but it’s like hurdling toward the unknown since we still don’t have a good understanding of the dynamics of the cast of characters. The ending condenses a lot of the action (Ajax finally meets Dmytro’s daughters but it all happens off-page) and then we are given an epilogue that is several months in the future, again after apparently a lot of the reconciliation and development of Ajax and Dmytro’s relationship has occurred.
Perhaps the plot makes more sense if you have read the other two books in the series, but personally this book did not work for me at all. The plot is convoluted, the developing relationship between the two MCs felt rushed and too lightly developed and the ending rushes past a major portion of Ajax and Dmytro’s budding relationship. I cannot recommend “Three Vlog Night” and give it 3 stars.