Title: Part & Parcel (Sidewinder #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Abigail Roux (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 19, 2015 – 302 pgs
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
What a brilliant finish to both the Cut and Run and Sidewinder series! Where Crash and Burn tied up Ty and Zane’s story, this one brings the whole of Sidewinder (and Zane) together for closure in the form of a road trip across America.
There are no guns, bombs or alphabet agencies in this stories. Letters from Eli Sanchez brings the group together to follow his last wishes. The focus is Nick and Kelly’s relationship which became tense after Sidewinder revealed Nick’s secrets. The relationship is complicated and messy, but so are the relationships between all the members of Sidewinder.
The road trip exposes secrets and revisits difficult moments for the men. For the first time, we learn much more about relationships between the men when Sidewinder was discharged from the Marines in 2003.
I loved this, but it is a very different story than the usual espionage, explosions and sarcastic wit I’m used to from Abigail Roux. This is a raw, emotional journey for the men who are finally genuinely retired. As is fitting for a story about a memorial tribute to a fallen brother, there are more tears and far less humour in this book.
For fans of the series, this story offers answers and intimacy with a group of men we’ve come to love over the past eleven books. Where I still wanted more after Crash and Burn, this felt like proper closure. And at the end, the author offers an excerpt from her next story – the start to a spin-off series that will really excite her fans.
Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run books are some of the all-time best m/m books and this is a beautiful and fitting end to the stories about the Sidewinder boys.
I thought this book was so good!
So I would suggest reading the whole Cut & Run series before reading this book otherwise you might be a little bit lost.
So I have to say I loved the Cut & Run series so getting to see more of Ty and Zane in this book was awesome! Also loved getting to see Kelly and Nick’s POV and their relationship grow as they work through things that have happened in the past.
I loved the way the author wrote this story and these characters. I was grabbed from the beginning of this book until the end which I thought was just awesome!
You get some action with this book along with steam which was so hot between these two men! One letter from someone in the sidewinders who has passed will bring these men back together while they all work through past hurts and feelings to try to bring their group back together. Nick and Kelly are having problems with their relationship and need to figure out what is going wrong before it is to late. So I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this story and would definitely recommend this book!
Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of ‘Call of Duty’ throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.