Never Say Never by Nicole Edwards
A Sniper 1 Security Novel, Book 2. M/M Romance
Ryan Trexler has devoted his entire life to his family’s security business. And now that he’s slated to take over the reins for the company, RT knows that his life is only going to get more complicated. Add in the fact that he’s lusting over one of the men who works for him and RT knows that there are some serious tough times ahead.
Zachariah Tavoularis—nicknamed Z—has been employed by Sniper 1 Security for a decade. Despite being known as the most loyal enforcer outside of family, Z also has a reputation of being quite the playboy, though that was based more on rumor than fact. When an assignment comes up that forces the two of them to work together, Z knows it’s time to show RT he’s not the man he thinks he is.
Can they complete the mission, despite the fact that it puts them in a tenuous situation, bringing them closer than either of them ever expected? And will Z allow RT to convince him that they can never be together, no matter how much they both want it?
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“How’s the business goin’?” Travis asked as he steered Ryan toward a booth near the front of the bar.
“Busy,” Ryan answered.
“That’s a good thing, right?”
“Of course.” Ryan smiled as they approached Travis’s wife Kylie and their husband Gage. “Good to see y’all again.”
“Same here. Have a seat.” Gage motioned toward the opposite side of the table as he slid his other arm over Kylie’s shoulders and pulled her close while Travis grabbed a chair.
Flipping it around backward, Travis straddled the seat, placing his elbow on the table. Ryan didn’t miss that Travis’s other hand disappeared under the table, likely resting on Kylie’s leg if he had to guess.
“We weren’t sure you’d be able to make it,” Travis said.
Ryan knew he could always be called back to work at any time, depending on the case, but he didn’t need to tell Travis as much. The man ran a multi-million dollar resort, so he understood. “I’m glad I could.”
“How’s Z doin’?” Kylie asked, peering toward the back of the room where Z had been pulled away by his friends a few minutes before.
“You know Z. Nothing gets him down.”
Gage smiled. “Seems he’s quite interested in you.”
Knowing better, Ryan still turned to glance in Z’s direction. He thought for sure he’d be busted stealing a look, but Z was paying him no attention.
“And you’re quite interested in him,” Kylie noted.
Ryan’s head snapped back around to face her. He was about to fire off a rebuttal, but her smile silenced him.
“Leave the poor man alone,” Travis injected. “He’s in denial.”
“I concur,” Gage added.
“Why’s everybody gangin’ up on me?” Ryan questioned, unable to hide the smile.
“Seemed like the thing to do.” Travis took a sip of his beer.
Review by: Erin
I am loving this series! I am a HUGE fan of Nicole Edwards and couldn’t be happier with the way this series is going. Just a little teaser here: There will be appearances by other series characters. Loved that! The author is doing an amazing job writing these books. I like that there is focus on the relationships forming, but also on the intrigue of the cases these guys are working. The case in this story took some unexpected turns and kept me guessing “Who did it?” There is a lot of detail given in these cases and it almost has a crime show feel. I could easily vote for these to be made into movies! This is an m/m read focused on the relationship between RT and Z. There is no coming out of the closet drama with these two. They are openly out. However, there is drama in this relationship. RT is fighting the connection he has with Z will all he has. Z has secrets he has been hiding that are not helping his situation with RT. Z is a great character. He is not what he presents himself to be. He is a very caring, family oriented individual and struggles with his family not all being in the dame place. He doesn’t show this side of himself very often. RT is overwhelmed with all the responsibility, both what has been placed on him and what he has taken on himself. He has also been burned very badly in the past and is having a hard time overcoming that. There is not a lot of dirty talk in this story. It is more on the in love, romantic side of the coin. I love the chemistry between RT and Z. It is combustible and subject to go off at any time. The scenes between RT and Z are scorching hot, but are more about their connection, not on getting their rocks off. It was a truly beautiful story and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this series!
Nicole also writes contemporary/new adult romance as Timberlyn Scott.
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