Book Reviews

Operation Tango by Stormy Glenn at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-October-2017

Book Blurb

They say a baby bird imprints on the first creature it sees when it's born. I wasn't a baby bird, but I had imprinted on Hank the moment he stood over me with his fists raised, protecting me from playground bullies.

I had been five. Hank had been seven. He was my hero from that day forward.

If he laughed, I laughed. If he hurt, I hurt. If he got a brain freeze from eating his ice cream too fast, my head ached as well. Hank was everything.

And then one day, he wasn't. He was just gone.

I was willing to go through hell to get him back.


Note: This book is written in the first-person point of view of the main character.

Book Review

What a delightful surprise this book turned out to be. I already had pretty high expectations going in – I mean, a fierce friendship like the one Ian describes, one that begins when he and Hank are boys, turned into what looks like one-sided love when the men grow up? A sudden separation followed by a need for Ian to leave his comfort zone if he ever wants to see Hank again? But that wasn’t all – once the story gets going there is one emotional gut-punch after another, some extremely unsuspected surprises, and more suspense than I thought possible in a novella. Add some really funny and some extremely hot scenes and this story is about as perfect as I can think of.

Ian is the one who tells this story, and he sure took me on an emotional journey! Twists and turns and unexpected revelations abound – to the point that I really can’t say much about what happens without spoiling the surprise for you. Let me just say that Ian is a somewhat unexpected hero – he is a bit of a nerd, after all – and for that reason alone he stole my heart. Ian also goes through a lot of change in his search for Hank, and, as it turns out, not just mental and emotional transformations.

Hank is, in many ways, exactly what you’d expect – a stalwart hero, true to his principles, and loyal to his friends. He doesn’t make an appearance until fairly late in the book, but he left a definite impression on me despite that fact. This is mostly because Ian paints such a vivid picture of who Hank is through all the memories he shares as he figures out what is going on and decides what needs to happen to save Hank from a pretty dismal fate.

If you like hair-raising adventures that leave you breathless and emotionally drained while boosting your belief in hope and miracles at the same time, give this book a try. It is as funny as it is suspenseful, has some very touching moments that might just make you cry, and might just leave you breathless while wondering “what just happened” once you finish reading. Extraordinary in every way I care for when picking up a story to take me into a different realm!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 120 pages/31593 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-September-2017
Price $4.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/book/operation-tango