Dawn reviews Day and Knight by Dirk Greyson, which was published by Dreamspinner Press on 4th May 2015, and is approx 200 pages long.
Book provided free of charge by the author for an honest review.
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for fieldwork, and scuttling an attack gives him his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission. One that might include each other.
I really did enjoy this book, and as I suspected the two main characters were not really friendly to begin with, it is was like they were trying to score points off each other – and some of their name calling antics did make me laugh. Day is so far in the closet it is amazing that he can actually find his way out, but as you read on in the book, you realise that rather than be ashamed of his sexuality, it was because he wanted to get far in this job, and didn’t want to be stereotyped into specific roles. Knight was also deeply entrenched in the closet, due to his family background, and to prove a point to himself, he did actually get married and have a son – only to have then taken from him in the cruellest way possible.
To maintain their cover on the mission, they are added onto the passenger list for a gay cruise. They had already spent the previous night together in a hotel, so assume things can continue as they did this night – with them sharing a king size bed with no problems. All was fine until Day beat Knight in a shooting contest, and while eating dinner that evening, the pair of them manage to down quite a few drinks, and drunkenly both weave their way back to their cabin. Once in the cabin, with all inhibitions non existent due to the alcohol, their hidden gay sides come out, with literal ripping off shirts to get at each others bodies….. needless to say, the following morning neither are feeling that well and can barely look each other in the eye, especially as they can’t totally recall what they did the night before….. well at first anyway.
Rather than talking to each other, and admitting that they are both attracted to the other, they both seem to want to forget what they did…. but this does not deter them from having sex again and again. They manage to do put on a front in front of the other passengers, but as they aren’t really talking to each other, it does come with some comical moments when questions are asked about their relationship. Inside their cabin, Day is trying hard to decipher what the chatter means, and tries to ignore Knight, but he soon realises that Knight is not somebody you can ignore, but he is getting mixed signals from Knight so really doesn’t know where he stands with him.
Things start out well on the day of the eliminating the target and the threat, and they have each others back, despite not really talking. Then suddenly all their plans seem to be falling apart….. and then Knight realises that he is facing the man who murdered his wife and son, and his focus on the mission becomes suspect.
Do they manage to complete their mission?? Are they able to return to complete the rest of the cruise?? Do Day and Knight actually manage to talk properly and decide whether to act on their feelings for each other??
I will let you get the book and find out – it is a terrific read and you will not regret it. There are a couple of surprises along the way, but I am in no way going to tell you what they are so that I don’t spoil your enjoyment of this book.
Contact The Author: Dirk is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a Masters Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org