Burden by Annmarie McKenna

Burden by Annmarie McKenna
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

There’s more than one way to guard a body.

In the year since his car flew off a cliff, Detective Brennan McGuire has struggled to relearn the simplest tasks—like speaking without a stutter—and even more with trying to fill the gaping holes in his memory.

But when his daily visit to a local coffee shop turns into a melee of flying bullets, Brennan’s instincts take control.

So much for Keegan Monroe’s first day off after a long undercover assignment. One minute he’s relaxing over coffee, the next his cheek is kissing concrete. Question is, is the gorgeous man on top of him his savior, or the one who took a potshot at his head?

As Keegan shepherds the too-quiet, too-skinny Brennan through the investigation, attraction flares into nights of white-hot passion. But with each scorching encounter, more and more of Brennan’s memories shake loose…and it becomes clear someone doesn’t want him putting those pieces together.

With Keegan’s oath to protect and serve putting him squarely in the crosshairs of a murderer, now the question is, who is protecting whom?

Brennan McGuire is a man who struggles with everyday tasks, including just being able to order a fancy coffee and knowing the right amount of money to give, but even a traumatic brain injury can’t stop his instincts from kicking in and pushing the very attractive Keegan Monroe out of harm’s way.

Ms. McKenna hits the ground running with the action and the intense attraction between Keegan and Brennan. Keegan is the perfect man to help Brennan unravel the memories from before and they’re definitely very compatible in private.

I loved the suspense aspect to the story and while I suspected who the villain might be, Ms. McKenna kept me guessing and I think that’s a mark of a great suspense story, when I can’t guess who the villain is before the big reveal. The love story between Keegan and Brennan evolves from a high stress situation but does so in a way that I was easily enchanted with the idea of them living happily ever after. This is a story that I highly recommend to fans of romantic suspense stories with a lot of spice.

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