Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Received From: NetGalley
USA Today bestselling author Megan Erickson doubles the suspense when two intense and sexy heroes are drawn together in her thrilling Wired & Dangerous series.
When his boyfriend is murdered, Erick Lee makes it his life’s mission to hunt down the killer. The question is, how far is he willing to go to catch him?
Erick has been asked to team up by a dangerously captivating hitman who has reasons of his own to want this man dead. But can he trust another killer? And do two wrongs ever make a right?
Everett “Tarr” Hawk isn’t just some lethal hitman. He has his own code of honor. With Erick and Tarr facing a common enemy, it’s only by combining forces that they’ll survive. But Tarr’s code doesn’t include a fierce attraction for someone he’s sworn to defend with his life. Because in Tarr’s world, every night presents a new danger . . . and listening to his own heart could get them both killed.
SEXUALITY: homosexual, bisexual
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: homoromantic, biromantic
TROPES: dislike to love, age gap
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romantic suspense, romance, queer romance, queer characters, South Korean character, POC character
WARNINGS: ableism, spousal death mention, pedophilia mention, rape mention, anti-queer mention, don’t ask don’t tell mention, violence
I have been waiting for this book ever since Erick Lee first set foot on the page in ZERO HOUR. He immediately won my heart with his dorky jokes and snappy comebacks, and then I loved him even more when we were able to get a look behind the jokes and see the pain he was silently dealing with, due to the loss of his boyfriend. FINAL DAY delivers more of all of this, but also presents us with an Erick who is starting to heal. It still takes him a bit to see past certain aspects of what happened to Flynn, and how, but it was so wonderful to read Erick coming back into himself, emerging a bit from the grief. Of course, he still mourns Flynn, but he is able to acknowledge attraction to another man and open himself up to something more with a person who isn’t his late, and only, boyfriend. Erick is such a lively, fun character, and I just loved getting to see more of him.
I also really enjoyed getting to see more of Tarr. Mysterious, tight-lipped Tarr who always shows up when Jock needs him and is hopelessly devoted to his sister. It was so interesting to get to the heart of him and see the way he tries to close himself off from caring about people, and somehow manages to fail epically at doing so. He falls so easily and so quickly for Erick, and it was both sweet and distressing to read, because I didn’t want him to get hurt. However, while I really fell for him in this book, I wished the book was longer because it would’ve given us a chance to get to know him better, and in smaller information bursts.
The plot, overall, was very enjoyable, if a bit rushed. I liked that it continued the story from the end of DARKEST NIGHT, and while it sucked that she was put in danger again, I enjoyed the fact that the suspense aspect revolved around protecting Tarr’s sister and her children, as his devoted protectiveness of her was mentioned several times throughout the previous novel in the series. Unfortunately, the action did feel a bit rushed and mushed together. There was a lot packed into such a short novella that would’ve been developed better if the story were longer.
Similarly, the relationship moved really quickly, especially compared to the previous two novels of the series. It’s to be expected, obviously, that novellas will move at a faster pace, but it did feel rushed here, especially considering the circumstances of Tarr’s profession and Flynn’s death. The biggest reason Erick wants to get to know Tarr is to prove that he’s as bad as the hitmen who killed Flynn and dismiss them all as scum, and the realization that Tarr is a complex person is something Erick struggles with for the majority of the story. And yet, once he hears the story of why Tarr became a hitman, proving that it wasn’t for any coldblooded reason, Erick is suddenly all in and ready to start planning a future together. The instalust/instalove made sense as far as Tarr was concerned, as he explicitly mentions that it’s all or nothing for him, but it made me a bit skeptical seeing it in Erick, considering the internal battle he struggled through during the story.
And there was one other, small thing that was a bit strange. At the end, Erick and Tarr are kidnapped by the bad guys, after said bad guys hold Erick, Tarr’s sister, and her children hostage until Tarr arrives at the meeting place. They are, fortunately, saved by Roarke and Jock before anything catastrophic could happen. And Tarr doesn’t mention his sister at all after that? With as worried as he was about her and the kids for the whole story, it was weird that he didn’t insist they go back to check on her, or send Wren, Roarke, or Jock to check on them while the rest of them took Erick and Tarr to the hospital. It just seemed out of character.
Despite my issues, I really did enjoy the overall story! And I hope to see that Dade and Marisol, the rest of Erick’s hacker crew, will be getting books at some point in the future!
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
For more, visit meganerickson.org