Ben Rider and Nikolas Mikkelsen learn that danger comes in all shapes and sizes and often in places you least expect it. Nikolas’ dark past calls to him, inexorably dragging him back into its seductive embrace.
While he goes on an errand of mercy to Russia, Ben travels to Denmark to learn Nikolas’s language. Convinced Russia’s vastness will swallow Nikolas, Ben doesn’t see the enemy much closer to home. Thinking he has lost Nikolas, Ben then makes a terrible decision that threatens to destroy everything they have together.
Focused on this very personal horror, bound by a new level of commitment, they have no idea that a greater threat is coming. And when it arrives, it changes everything – even the definition of commitment.
Rating: Narration – A; Content – B
When I reviewed Love is a Stranger, book one in John Wiltshire’s More Heat Than the Sun series, I said that I suspected I was in for a run of enjoyable hokum over the course of the set of (so far) eight-books – fast-paced and frequently bonkers plotlines that require a large suspension of disbelief and an epic love story featuring two complex, damaged individuals. Well, now I’ve listened to book two, Conscious Decisions of the Heart, I can say with certainty that’s definitely the case. The plot moves swiftly and is twistier than a twisty game of Twister, the connection between Ben and Nik is growing deeper, they still have lots and lots of sex (although Nik, despite his immense fortune, never seems to buy any lube), and while they aren’t always nice, they’re nonetheless completely irresistible. But there are a few things in this one that made me more than a bit uncomfortable; there are a couple of mysoginistic rants that are not cool and an instance of non-con which is kinda shocking. The pacing around the middle flags a bit, the plot meanders, and Ben and Nik are emotionally exhausting, but despite all that, I’m completely addicted.
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