Title: Perfect Strangers
Author: Edward Kendrick
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance
Length: Novella (111pgs)
Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 10, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Opposites attract—but is that attraction enough to bring two strangers together?
Raphael Koenig is an assassin working for a covert outfit. He’s also a man who uses alcohol to fend off terrifying nightmares. After completing one too many kills and dealing with one too many nightmares, he is close to burning out. So, he takes a break—a two-week vacation in New Orleans.
Alden Durant lives and works in New Orleans. One afternoon he happens to see a sad, lonely-looking man—Raphael. When they run into each other again, Alden offers to show him the city and they strike up a tentative friendship that leads to a casual sexual relationship they are certain will end when Raphael’s vacation is over.
Raphael is called back early for another job, and both men believe they will never meet again. Then, fate steps in when Raphael is sent to New Orleans to take out a hired killer. He and Alden reconnect, but will they be able to handle the revelations that ensue? Or will those revelations drive them apart this time—permanently.
Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/perfect-strangers
Review: Edward Kendrick’s is an amazing author who gives you a story that you can sink your teeth into. Perfect Strangers is a tense and soul searching story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I have always loved a good story that has men who carry weapons and are hit men. There is just something about them that catches my eye even more than others. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that one is an assassin where the other is a priest.
Alden is a priest who is open and sees the best in those around him. He is a caring man that will catch your heart even more. Now the only problem I have is that priests are not supposed to have sex so that part drove me nuts. Now Raphael is the assassin sent to bring those who are wrong, guilty, and dangerous or down right evil to justice.
When Raphael was young he saw something that put him on to the path he was on. He was said to be damaged beyond repair, but it only takes the love of a good man to show that they were wrong. He doesn’t enjoy killing but sees it to an end. He wants to help those who are victims see the justice.
Now another part that made it really hard to get into was the fact that a priest was good with what Raphael did. It was just too odd. These are definitely two characters that were not what I had expected. You will catch glimpses into each character that will give you the answers you would seek normally. It shows Raphael with not only his intense attitude, but also his sadness. His sadness is what brought Alden’s attention to him.
This book has a different type of plot that is intriguing to a point. The pace is at the perfect speed for this type of story. Now I have to admit that I didn’t really get into it like I should have, but I did enjoy reading it. I have always loved this author’s work and will continue to look for more stories by this amazing author.
I had fun with this and would definitely recommend it.