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.
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"Sad to say goodbye, but what a fitting ending."
I can't think of just three! I would summarize it as "The past defines who you are"
Nick and Kelly and how fiercely they love each other. They have lost their way, but just a little. It was such fun to listen as they rediscovered what drew them to each other.
I have. I will say that I didn't care for his narrations for the Sidewinders but that is not to say I didn't care for him. It's hard when You've listened to NINE books that gave these characters different voices. I just got used to the Cut & Run narrator, so Thompson just didn't nail some of the characters right for me.
Yes it was and yes I did!
This is it, the final hu-ra for the Sidewinder team. Nick is still on the mend from being stabbed and damn near killed while he, Kelly and the rest of the Sidewinder team did everything in their power to bring down the Vega cartel before they could kill Nick's best friend Ty, and Ty's husband Zane. By now Zane has pretty much become an honorary member of the team, having bled for them all more than once. The knife wound, subsequent surgery and long road to recovery aren't the only things hanging over Nick and Kelly. They've both lost their way, each of them were a compass for the other to light their way, all the secrets and lies has driven a wedge between them and Kelly is not sure he will find his way back to the love he feels for Nick. It's a letter from the only member of their psychotic team of misfits to meet an untimely demise that brings the whole of Sidewinder back together and quite possibly remind Nick and Kelly why they depend on, care for and love one another more than life itself.
Written fabulously by Abigail Roux, characters brought to life by Brock Thompson, the final book in the Sidewinder and Cut & Run series' does not disappoint. I was a little worried about this group of men I have come to know and love having to go through another rough and tumble ordeal, but thankfully, Roux lowered the body count and anxiety level of this book dramatically from the others in these two series. Part & Parcel brings the one character in the books we never really got to know to the forefront, Elias Sanchez. Through a series of letters and instructions, Sanchez takes his team on a trip down memory lane, making them all remember why they love each other like brothers, why they would put their lives in each other's hands, and in doing so he also reminds Nick and Kelly that their love for each other is what matters, not the jobs or the missions or the bullshit, just love.
I will say that I don't care very much for Thompson's narration, but that is solely because I've listened to all the Cut & Run books and gotten used to a particular voice for each character. That being said, Thompson did do a great job with the story including changes in inflection and tones to suit not only the character he was voicing at any given time, but to suit the situation at that time as well. I know it's an investment, but if you haven't listened to these books, I recommend that you do. It is literally an epic saga, but it is so much fun to take the ride with all these guys. Murder, Mayhem and Destruction is tampered by Love, Honor, Trust and Loyalty with these guys. Definitely a must read and/or listen series in my humble opinion. I'm really quite said to have to say goodbye.
"The best book of the series. Both of them! "
Man, I've laughed and cried so much throughout this book. My favorite quote is still "Lumpy plains" :P But.... "Prepare to be loved from beyond the grave" Damn you, Eli for breaking my heart! ;~; I feel like Sidewinder, and Zane, needed this book a lot.
And Abigail... I want to thank you for Digger's confession towards the end. As someone who finds herself in the same position that really warmed my heart. I think I've had almost word by word the same thoughts.
I also really like Brock Thompson as a narrator. Finally everyone gets their proper accents and he really makes the characters come to life.
I only wish there was a little bit more of Digger and Owen. But I do see why they don't fit in as PoW characters.
All in all: I absolutely adore this book!
"Interesting and compelling story"
Very well written and read. Story wanders a bit but it keeps you riveted and interested. Well development of all the characters.
"Road Trip + Sidewinder = One Wild Ride"
But only if they have kept up on the Cut & Run and Sidewinder series so far. This one isn't a standalone or good if read out of context.
Series fans should most definitely reach for this one. While the other books explore some pretty fantastic external conflict while not neglecting the internal conflict and development. This book leans hard on a journey of the heart and mind of this amazing team of guys. It will make them or break them as a group of friends and also, as lovers in Nick and Kelly's case.
Hmm, this is tough. No one series really comes to mind to cover all the elements. This one has the military brotherhood going, healing from past hurts and secrets, and a romance. So, I'll go with Megan Erickson's Trust the Focus and Lisa Henry & JA Rock's Playing the Fool series for Road Trip journeys of the heart and romance. But as to camaraderie and military brotherhood, that would be Garrett Leigh's Between Ghosts, any of Marliss Melton's SEAL team series (though these are not m/m like the rest), to name a few.
Now that is a toss up. I really didn't have any that were disappointing and pretty much enjoyed them all. But I think Digger and Owen matched best with what I pictured in my mind (see, pretty subjective criteria there. Haha). Digger cracks me up every time he opens his mouth or pulls something out of his bag.
No, but it's not fair to say that because this is a re-read for me. The first time through that is very possible though hard to tell. I get pretty caught up in the characters and the stories. But there are some painful, poignant moments and things get pretty tense nearer the end as hard truths surface. Like I said, hard to tell.
As I noted above somewhere, this one doesn't work well as a standalone or out of order. I would also note that just listening to the Sidewinder series without getting the appropriate Cut & Run series books in between is best. This one follows, Crash & Burn.
My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange of an honest review.
"Vegetables may not be real, but brotherhood is"
I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of camaraderie, brotherhood, and love the characters have for each other - and the way friendships deserve just as much work and dedication as any marriage. A roadtrip of epic proportions, Sidewinder finally takes time to lay ghosts and hurts to rest, and to begin healing as a team.
Digger's secret, and the team's response to it. Nick's meltdown. The final scene at Eli's graveside.
The great vegetable/berry/fruit debate. I thoroughly enjoyed every last word of Eli's letters, too, they built the character into a three-dimensional person instead of just Tragically Dead Teammate. The sad salsa music haunting rulebreaking Ty and Zane, and Zane not being sorry one little bit.
This is definitely one of my very favourite books in the entire series written by Roux. I still have hope we'll get more books in this series! Here, the blend of tragedy and comedy was perfect, and I have high hopes we'll see more of Sidewinder with a side of Zane. Speaking of...
I didn't enjoy this particular narrator quite as much as in the previous Sidewinder titles, partly because I had trouble telling characters apart at times. Zane in particular sounds bizarre - the grumbly, growly Texan is suddenly somehow a tenor with the lightest Transatlantic accent?
"Amazing Narration and fantastic end to a series."
I feel almost depressed that this series is over. This was a great end though. It brought all the boys together for a final Hurrah...:)
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