Title: Perfect Strangers
Author Name & Publisher: Edward Kendrick (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 10, 2016 – 135 pgs
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.
This is a book about two men that are on the opposite ends of the moral spectrum. One is a priest and one is an assassin. These two men are complete opposites but in some cases opposites just might attract.
Alden is a priest that tried to see the best in everyone. He believes that anyone can be forgiven for their sins . He is who I would say is a saint.
Raphael is an assassin. He is out to bring those that are above the law or just flat out evil people to justice in hopes to make up for not being able to stop his father when he had the opportunity.
These two are so completely different but I think that each of them being something different to the relationship that the other needs. I think that Alden brings and ear for Ralphael to confess his fears and sins. I think he brings the acceptance for what Ralphael believes is his part to end some of the evil in the world and Alden accepts him regardless of his job. I also believe that Alden helps to ease Ralphael’s guilt over not being able to save his mother and he helps to make Ralphael realize that it was not his fault.
I think that Ralphael bring to the relationship love which is what Alden really wants. He helps Alden to realize that their is some evil in the world that cannot be forgiven just because Alden may want it too be. That sometimes evil is just that evil.
These two men make the other stronger and better and they complete each other. Good read .
Born and bred Cleveland, I earned a degree in technical theater, later switched to costuming, and headed to NYC. Finally seeing the futility of trying to become rich and famous in the Big Apple, I joined VISTA, ending up in Chicago for three years. Then it was on to Denver where I put down roots and worked as a costume designer until just recently.
I began writing five years ago after joining an on-line fanfic group. Two friends and I then started a group for writers where they may post any story they wish, no matter the genre. I’ve now branched out into writing on my own, primarily m/m stories, both erotic and just ‘romantic’, for publication.