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.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is book two in the Sniper 1 Security series and I found it to be just as good as the first. I would recommend that you read Wait For Morning first so that you get a =better understanding of the characters and the company structure. I am thrilled she has decided to move into a different direction for these series. I was hooked on this book from the start.
For those who are unaware this is an M/M book. The two main characters are Ryan Trexler (RT) and Zachariah Tavoularis (Z) and I have to say I loved them both, although if pushed, I would say that Z edges out RT as my favourite.
RT, as he is known, is the unofficial head of Sniper 1 security, a job he takes so seriously that he almost works himself to death managing on very little sleep. He has spent his entire adult life giving his all to the family business.
Z works as an enforcer for Sniper 1 Security, so technically RT is his boss. A loyal, trusted, highly respected non family member of the team, known for his good nature and ability to focus on the job. He is also known as a playboy, thanks to his best friend Trace Kogan’s consistent spreading of rumours.
Years ago, RT had a relationship with another member of the company; it was through that relationship that Trace and Z nearly lost their lives in an operation gone badly. Despite the fact that everyone can see that there is a mutual attraction between RT and Z, RT has never forgotten that and refuses to contemplate acting on his feelings of lust for Z.
After a passionate one night stand, whilst attending an out of town wedding, RT hastily backs away from Z. However what RT doesn’t count on is Bryce Trexler and Casper Kogan. They created Sniper 1 Security and although they leave the majority of the day to day running of the company to RT, they are still involved in the company.
Bryce and Casper accept a case and it is it because of them that RT and Z find themselves on assignment together again. Z knows that this may be his final chance to show RT just who he is. A man of many layers, not the playboy that RT thinks he is.
Circumstances bring these two together and that was truly beautiful to read, not to mention the sex scenes totally rocked. Nicole Edwards certainly knows how to write hot and sizzling sex scenes. However after the mission fails, RT blames Z unfairly and does what he does best, he runs away. Burying his head in the sand he does his best to ignore and avoid Z.
I have to hand it to Z, if I were him I think I would have knocked RT out. He acted like a child and you could almost feel the emotion and pain that Z felt from RT’s actions. But Z had courage and finally opened himself up once RT saw the light and realised what he was in danger of losing. Thankfully this book did have a HEA for RT and Z and I commend Ms. Edwards on how she wrapped this book up. It was totally appropriate and fun.
I really loved it and cannot wait to read more in this series. Well done, you have another winner on your hands.
Nicole also writes contemporary/new adult romance as Timberlyn Scott.
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