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Tanner Mackay and Niall Sutherland were once far more than just fellow intelligence agents. But then a mission went horribly wrong and everything fell apart, sending Tanner into hiding and splitting the team and their affair wide apart. Now an unknown traitor is threatening the team, and their ex-boss is determined to reunite them before it's too late. She finds Tanner in a run-down trailer park, bringing with her a most unwelcome refugee in need of temporary sanctuary: Niall, the man he thought he'd never have to face again. The man he's sure feels exactly the same in return. Trapped in a situation that's both claustrophobic and highly dangerous, Tanner and Niall will have to revisit their past and reconsider their perceptions, their loyalties, and their desires, in order to survive, let alone forge a future together.
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This was a well written story, but for what it was, it felt very long. There was a lot of bickering and squabbling between the MC's, and it was repetitive. Attempts to justify 'why' something was happening 'as if it was a story' was okay to begin with, but when used as a device throughout the book, it became so obviously contrived.
The narrator had the odd habit of galloping toward the end of every sentence.
Note even Pauley could save it
I’m struggling a bit with writing this review. I have the words, though they are not great. Tanner and Niall have a past, a past as partners at work and a past at partners off the job. But after a mission went horribly wrong their relationship fell apart and they got suspended from work. Now some months later it seems someone has it in for their team, picking them off one by one. Getting the team back together might be the only way they survive.
In theory this all sounds really great, it has the marks for an entertaining story, but sadly it didn’t quite live up to its potential. This book was told in two timelines, the past when Tanner and Niall met and the present some months later when their relationship has blown up and their team is in danger. It might have worked for the print version, but it was difficult to follow in audio as there was no real indication of the switches, it left me feeling confused more often than not. Flashbacks can be good done in the right way, but for me and with this book they disrupted the flow of the book.
There’s one thing that made it difficult for me to like this book, and that was my dislike of Tanner. Dislike isn’t even a strong enough word for it, loathed might come a bit closer. He rubbed me the wrong way right from the start and it really coloured the rest of the book. I’m not fond of selfish and shallow people who’s favourite occupation is boasting about how good and smart they are and that everything that happens to go wrong is someone else’s fault. I can’t stand it in real life, and even less in my books. For some reason he spent a lot of time telling us everything he was good at and how the team wouldn’t have been what it was if he hadn’t been there.
On the plus side though Michael Dean, former Pauley, really did capture his boasting personality to a T. Though personally I wish he wasn’t quite as good at it. I got so caught up in my dislike of him (Tanner, not Dean) that everything else was drowned out. In the end not even Dean/Pauley could save this book for me. Others have loved the story and you might too, so don’t let my personal preferences dissuade you from giving it a chance.
A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.
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- Angela S Goodrich
4 stars = I REALLY liked this book!
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.
72 Hours was my first purposeful attempt to listen to a mystery and/or romantic suspense audiobook. I’ve been wary about it simply because I was afraid I’d miss nuances in the story by listening to it instead of reading it. Yet when the opportunity to review this audiobook arose, the description and Michael Pauley’s voice made it impossible to resist. I’m so glad I didn’t!
London sets the tension levels at high from the very beginning and Pauley’s vocal talents heighten it even further because with the audiobook, the listener can literally hear the stress in Tanner’s voice. As the story is told from Tanner’s point of view, we’re privy to his frustration and worry about the situation that has led his colleagues to his front door, hoping to use Tanner’s trailer as a safe house for Niall, his former partner and lover. Although it takes a while before we learn what led to their breakup and Tanner’s departure from the team, it becomes obvious rather quickly that neither relationship ended on a positive note. Despite three months having passed, the wounds are still raw and the animosity between Tanner and Niall is palpable. Their relationship is one that exemplifies the saying, “There’s a fine line between love and hate.” At least from Tanner’s point of view it does and his “hate” is so strong that it tamps down on his attraction and feelings for Niall. So even as Tanner and Niall call a truce and work together to discover who is targeting the team members, they still have to deal with the attraction and deeper feelings between them.
In an effort not to spoil the book for other readers (or listeners), I’m going to try stay vague and keep the details at a minimum in regards to the suspense elements of the story. Because Tanner distanced himself from his colleagues during his suspension, he was unaware of the attacks on the team until they showed up. Yet despite his distancing, it’s apparent that he cares about his teammates and the danger they’re facing, and those in charge play on that concern to obtain his cooperating in hiding Niall. The person behind the attacks plays upon the connections between the team members, their knowledge of one another’s strengths and weaknesses, and the conflicts between them, and does this in order to lay a trail that causes Tanner and Niall to suspect one of their teammates. The false leads are laid so well that it’s easy to believe in the scapegoat’s guilt. That said, I did figure out whodunit before the team, but that’s largely because I had no prior experience with the other characters and no preconceived notions about them, and because I was listening to the story and was able to hear all that was being said, as opposed to the characters who would talk over one another or were listening when their emotions were high and their ability to process information was off. But I wouldn’t call it predictable, rather there is a point in the story where the reader is meant to know who’s behind the attacks so that they can watch it play out. As the title suggests, the events in the book (minus the final chapter) take place in a 72-hour period, so the pacing is steady, without being too fast, and the story is action packed. I thoroughly enjoyed 72 Hours and am looking forward to more from the author and the narrator.
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