Dana reviews Upside Down (Bronco’s Boys: Book 2) by Andrew Grey (Published by Dreamspinner Press, August 15, 2014, 200 pages)
Why I read this book: I am a fan of Andrew Grey’s writing so I jumped at the chance to read and review when we were offered copies of this series in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Lowell Cartwright’s life as a mercenary problem solver has taken its toll, and after one more difficult job, he wants out. For help, he turns to Bull, a soldier of fortune turned club owner—not exactly a friend, but the best chance Lowell has. He visits Bull’s club to scope it out and meets Jeremy Hodgson. The twink captures his attention in a big way. Bull tells Lowell to stay away from the club until he decides whether he can help, so Lowell stays in town. When he spots Jeremy passed out on the floor of a convenience store, he goes to Jeremy’s aid.
Lowell piques Jeremy’s interest immediately, pushing all the right buttons. Then, when Jeremy needs help, Lowell’s kindness turns interest into something more.
But trouble comes knocking when Jeremy’s place is bugged. Maybe Lowell’s past is catching up to him, or maybe the danger centers on Jeremy’s roommate Tristan’s mysterious boyfriend. Whatever the source of the problem, the future Lowell and Jeremy hope for doesn’t stand a chance unless they can find a way to protect themselves.
My thoughts: This was a great follow up to Inside Out. Just like Bull and Zach, Jeremy and Lowell (Spook) eas a pairing of opposites. Lowell is a tough, muscular mercenary trying to get out of the life and asking for advice from Bull who managed to pull it off in the past. Jeremy is one of Zach’s best friends and smaller than Lowell, sweet and innocent too..
Lowell had a small part in book one and I couldn’t imagine at the time that I would want to read about him. He appeared to be selfish and looking out for number one. He is rougher than Bull, more closed off. He took jobs that Bull would never have touched, not always caring if his mark was deserving of the hit. Just like the characters from book one, he is much more than what he appeared to be. That wasn’t to say he was innocent, but he had a reason for taking the jobs he did. He also showed a compassionate side when he found Jeremy passed out from a diabetic episode. Jeremy is a character that can be taken at face value.He has no secrets, but like Zach, he’s not one to back down from a challenge. Not even Lowell and his shady past.
In this book, there was a lot more action that the first book didn’t have because there were forces in motion that didn’t want Lowell to stop his work. It was exciting and allowed the reader to see the mercenary in the character. It still remained a sweet love story between the two mc’s though. Deep, deep down, Lowell did have a caring side, a loving heart. And Jeremy, though unsure at one point, saw behind the dark things the other man had done. I really enjoyed reading about them and was happy to find that Spook wasn’t as bad as I originally thought.
I look forward to the next book in the series and I hope that the following story/stories involve the two supporting characters in Zach and Jeremy’s group of friends, Tristan and Kevin.
9/10 pots of gold