The novel is not short, but it’s filled with events, and so maybe, the romantic reader will wish to have had more time with these men in a non-professional capacity. The romance between Rick and Harry is sweet and passionate, I can easily see these two retiring in a country mansion breeding dogs and discussing of the old times. On the other hand John is already “retired” but he seems to have a penchant for young blood, and that is not easy to find in the country.
The writing style is good, above all since it well balance the coldness of the ‘70s spy novel (cold war, pun intended), with the intimacy of the relationship between Rick and Harry, able to speak of love without actually saying the word. That was unexpected but very good, I cared for them and I wanted an happily ever after, like in an old fashioned romance novel, because usually James Bond got the most beautiful women, but in the end he is always alone.
This is the third novel I read by Adam Fitzroy, and while the stories and the settings were always different, I very much enjoyed all three of them, and above all I enjoyed the romance in it: maybe these men are not overtly passionate (even if I can see the embers beneath the ashes), but for sure they are able of great love.
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