3 stars for Day and Knight by Dirk Greyson #MM #Paramilitary @dirkgreyson

Day and Knight

Title: Day and Knight
Author Name: Dirk Greyson
Publication Date & Length: May 4, 2015 – 184 pages

Synopsis

As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!

Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.

But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.

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Review

 ThreeStarCovert operatives on a gay cruise – what’s not to like?  Sunshine, guns, tuxedos and explosions make for an exciting, rather steamy read.Greyson’s characters are endearingly troubled – Dayton is a closeted ex-NSA operative.  He is a workaholic computer expert.  Knighton is a burned out former marine grieving the loss of his wife and child.  The agency they work for remains mired in secrecy to the end of the story.  I like both men, but I felt they resolved some huge personal issues a little too quickly.

An ordinary cruise is a great backdrop for the subterfuge and covert-ops Knighton and Day are really working on.  I enjoyed the interactions between the operatives and the other passengers, especially Day’s ex-boyfriend Blaine.

I struggled with this book because it is uncomfortably close to Abigail Roux’s “Fish and Chips” in her Cut and Run series.  Not only do the characters have nearly identical jobs and histories, the plot of this story is far too similar for my liking.  This may be an awkward coincidence, but for me, Greyson’s book lacks the magic that makes Abigail Roux’s books m/m best-sellers.

This is a good story.  It kept my interest and made me smile.  But unlike its more famous rival,  I didn’t think it was a great story.

~Sarah

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AuthorBio

Dirk is very much an outside kind of man.  He loves travel and seeing new things.  Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends  his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.  He has a Masters Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job.  But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built.  Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

You can contact him at:  dirkgreyson@comcast.net

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