February 15, 2016

26143084Stranded is a novel by HelenKay Dimon. I participated in the blogtour some time ago and now read the book. And I find myself in trouble over this one. The story sounds great and I would say it had so much potential, but somehow it never worked out. A true spy thriller in the making, but half way in the story it just got lost or something.

Kyle Cabe was a gun for hire and has now retired. But his boss asks him to do one final thing for him. It seems easy enough, get a message to another retired operative somewhere out in the cold of Alaska. But what Cabe doesn’t know is that the other person he is going to meet is the one person he never wanted to meet again, Brax Hughes.

Kyle and Brax were together for a short time, but it ended when Brax shot Kyle and left him for dead, or so he thought. And now Brax is out hiding in Alaska and he has made sure that Kyle will come and meet him there. Either they will talk it out or they will both end up dead, there are no other options.

When Kyle finally arrives at the cabin Brax is hiding in, a major storm is coming in and they are both stuck in the cabin until the storm passes. And to make things worse, there is someone sneaking around outside with unknown purposes. What can they do?

About halfway in the story the plot just seems to get lost in secrets, sex and arguments. Apparently there are so many secrets between the two men, I wonder how they ever managed to be together in the first place. And it seems that any argument can be solved by having sex together, no matter if there is a killer lurking around outside.

I really had to fight to finish this one to the end, because I just couldn’t keep it together with all the lame storylines. Sorry, this book isn’t very good in my opinion. I think this book is the first M/M by this author, who normally writes M/F. I am not sure it is a good thing for her.

The blistering cold seeped through Cabe’s insulated jacket as he crested the ridge. He stopped moving long enough to check out the short stretch of open land in front of him. Then he cursed his former boss for calling in a favor and dropping him in the middle-of-fucking-nowhere Alaska.

A thin layer of ice crusted over snow. White blanketed the area, hanging off trees in clumps, weighing down branches until they looked ready to snap in half. Bad weather never bothered him before but he hated everything about this assignment. The rough free climb to get there. The snow. Going in blind. All of it.

This time, the encoded operation briefing file had consisted of only one page. These coordinates, a timeline that had given him three days to get there, and a cryptic message. Not even a contact name or photo of a target. Just a code he needed to memorize and hear from whoever he found out here, then the three words he’d been told to deliver: Holly Trent Clear.

The lack of information made him wonder if he’d been sent on a one-way assignment. Lured in so someone could sneak up behind him and put a bullet in his brain. Possible, but good luck to anyone who tried.

Cabe had no idea what the hell it all meant. Didn’t actually care. He got paid whether he understood the endgame or not. And this operation demanded in-person communication, so whoever waited on the other end for this intel must need it to stay under. Possibly maintain the pretense of being dead. That was the only explanation for the inability to get a message out here any other logical way.

You can find HelenKay Dimon’s personal page here. This book is for sale at Amazon and Riptide Publishing.

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