Mercenary Captain Torin Covell needs a man who knows his way around a cockpit. Ace pilot Rain needs to get the hell off-planet. Thrown together by chance, the two men form a wary partnership.
Torin has every intention of dumping Rain at the next moon, despite his intense attraction to the hotshot. In his line of work he can’t afford to trust anyone, especially someone as infuriatingly charming and naïve as Rain. But first, he’s got a mission to complete.
What Rain wants, Rain gets. And what he wants is Torin, any way he can get him. The gorgeous captain isn’t making it easy, and the two are quickly embroiled in an erotic battle for supremacy. But when Rain discovers that he’s not the only one in pursuit of Torin, he demands to know exactly what sort of “job” he’s signed on for…
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: This is a delightful MM space western with two charmingly quirky leads and a swashbuckling plot.
The Set Up: Torin needs a pilot for his spaceship so when he meets Rain running from trouble, he hires him. Once onboard, Rain needles stoic Torin out of his shell but Torin isn’t sure he can trust the charming Rain. But the crew’s lives are in danger when their mission sours and it’s going to take all their combined wits to make it out alive.
Why I Read this Book: I like Carina Press MM romance and this is one of their latest offerings.
What I Liked: This is an all-around romp of a book. The characters are quirky and fun, the plot is action packed but still light and the romance equal parts sexy and humorous. I’ve recently read a string of romance with abused leads with deep psychological issues and this romance was a perfect antidote for those kinds of books. The lighthearted atmosphere of this book is exemplified by the heroes laughing and verbally teasing each other during erotic interludes.
What I Also Liked: I really liked all these characters. The heroes, Rain and Torin are polar opposites but end up perfectly complementing each other. Rain is a rapscallion (how often do you use that word to describe someone?!) and an eternal optimist, even when he’s neck deep in trouble. Torin is the uptight type A character and it’s just straight romance fun watching the exuberant Rain thaw Torin out. Their romance is a blend of sexual and emotional intimacy but wrapped in humor and caring for each other. Again, I’ve been reading a lot of May-December MM romance lately and it was refreshing to read two adult men with fully formed personalities become a couple here.
The secondary characters here are also super fun. I love the sixteen year old ship’s mechanic, Jeret, who is sassy-mouthed and wise beyond his years. Torin’s gossipy best friend Cookie is another perfectly quirky character to add to the circus. The mission plot is fast paced but not sinister to take away from the swashbuckling tone of the book. Instead, the plot shows Rain and Torin how their personalities complement each other as they need each other’s talents and skills to survive.
What I Didn’t Like: I enjoyed everything about this space romp.
IMO: This is an uncomplicated and fun MM romance that was just what I needed.