Shock & Awe (Sidewinder #1) by Abigail Roux

ShockAndAweAfter barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him get back on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He’s very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.
Nick knows all of Kelly’s quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part . . . or so he thought. But what should’ve been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address.

Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other—friends and brothers in arms, or something even deeper?—before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.
Even though Shock & Awe is the first book in Abigail Roux’s Sidewinder series, since it’s a spin off of her popular Cut & Run series it’s kind of a transitional book. It’s a great series opener and I’m assuming a great segue into a parallel series. For a reader that’s new to this world, it’s the perfect reminder that I need to pick up the Cut & Run series. Sneaky, sneaky author… 😉 I’m not complaining though. Ever since I read The Gravedigger’s Brawl, I’ve been itching to pick up more books by Abigail Roux. Shock & Awe just reinforced that itch…. in a really big way.
I loved Kelly and Nick. I loved Kelly’s curiosity and Nick’s patience. I loved the comfortable aspect of their relationship. I even loved Nick’s reluctance to take things too far. This wasn’t a far fetched relationship. These guys knew each other inside and out. They already loved, respected and knew each other better than anyone else. It just made sense for them to take the next step.
Shock & Awe was very aptly titled. It’s actually one of the most perfect titles I’ve associated with a book in a while. Cross & Crown is releasing soon and I can’t wait to read it. This book was only a little over 100 pages long, but the second book in the series is over 200. Now I just have to decide when I’m going to back track and pick up Cut & Run. Stay tuned… 😉

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