Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Wow. For the record, I have some back reading to do. I’ve only read the first book in the Cut & Run (Cut & Run) series, but I don’t think that made a lot of difference in following the Sidewinder crew on this journey that their late friend took them.
I don’t think anyone could argue that this group of men had been through more than most people could have survived. Add to that the guilt that was threatening to crush Nick and it’s a wonder he was functioning at all. He had his friends, and of course Kelly, but he was having a hard time letting them help when they were the ones he felt like he had betrayed. So what happens when the ‘glue’ that holds a group of friends together starts to unravel? A voice from the past brings them back together. It was almost like he knew how much the Sidewinders needed to find that connection again… and maybe he did.
This was a story of healing, both physical and emotional. It was laced with laughter, tears, loyalty, revelations and love. They needed each other. They needed the support and the forgiveness and most importantly, hope. By the end of Part & Parcel things aren’t exactly perfect, but they’re a lot closer than they were in the beginning.