Sergei is a military and someone who believes in the Doctrine; already for this reason I should not like him, but even if he is stronger than Mike and a little stubborn (mainly since he is not able to see the Doctrine is not exactly the good thing they taught him), I felt almost pity for him. That first sex scene with his superior officer, where well, he got off, but in a cold and impersonal way, was so different from the following love scene with Mike that I felt bad for him he was not able to have his first experience with Mike. In this, but also in other moment, I had the impression Sergei was like an overgrown boy, someone who had not the chance to fully develop on an emotional level like he did in his body, and in a strange contraposition, when he will reach the apex of his emotion, he will have to give up part of his physical perfection.
Mike is a good soldier, but not in the “robotic” way of Sergei; he is more sanguine, he has more emotions at stake, he really believes in what he fights for. But exactly for this reason, he ends to be more involvement than requested with Mike. From tidbits here and there, especially in the last part of the novel, I built this imagine of Mike like someone who would have not chosen to be a soldier if not forced by the events, and when his mission will be accomplished, he will be glad give it up all to go back to his civilian life. He is exactly at the opposite of Sergei since Sergei was taught there is no life outside the Doctrine, or he is a good brother or he is nothing; Sergei is so indoctrinated that he is not even able to see when his own brothers are trying to get rid off him.
Even if I said the romance is surprisingly good, don’t expect this novel to be smushy or sweet; it’s dark, dirty and with a good dose of violence, even if all of that is not gratuitous; sometime I had the feeling the authors granted some bestowal to the romance to not scare too much the readers, but it was done in a good way, so much to entice the romance reader to go on, and the fans of more gritty story to not look up in annoyance when the two heroes took a break from the war.
Amazon Kindle: Dark Edge of Honor
Publisher: Carina Press (August 15, 2011)
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