Title: Talking in Code
Series: Talking In Code 01
Author: Ariel Tachna
Genre: Contemporary, Ménage
Length: Novel (256 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 6, 2017)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Some things crumble under pressure. Others are tempered by it instead. For three former soldiers, a tragedy might be the catalyst that binds them together—stronger than ever.
Richard Horn and Timothy Davenport met in the SEALs twenty years ago and have been lovers ever since. Now running their own paramilitary organization, Strike Force Omega, they work in the shadows to protect their country and its people. When Tim falls for Eric Newton, a deadly sniper and strategist on their team, Richard accepts that Tim’s heart is big enough for two men. He respects, admires, and even desires Eric enough to accept him into their relationship—and their bed—but he’s never been fully a part of what Eric and Tim share.
Then Eric is captured by terrorists and Tim is gravely injured in an op gone wrong, bringing Richard’s world crashing down around his ears. Even if he gets his men out alive, Eric must face the aftermath of months of physical and psychological torture—and without Tim to lean on, Eric’s PTSD is tearing him apart. Richard has to figure out the third leg of their triangle fast, or Tim won’t have a life to come back to.
Review: I really did not know what to think about this story. On the one hand it starts out that Eric is captured and tortured while on a mission. Timothy goes to take care of business on still another mission and ends up seriously hurt. He is out of commission for most of the book so the story centers on Richard and Eric’s relationship.
We have three strong men, two of who have been injured, and one who is trying to hold them all together until they recuperate. You would think after four years Richard would know Eric better than he did in the story. It confused me that he did not know how to comfort his own partner in his time of need. It was almost as if they were just starting their relationship.
Never-the-less it was a well written riveting tale of three men who struggle in the face of relationship issues and personal injuries to overcome the odds and come out stronger than they were.