Gemini by Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid

Gemini by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Cass Manning is a serial monogamist, grad student, and identical twin to Paul, a drug-addicted prostitute. Fleeing his unfaithful boyfriend, Cass returns to Houston after years away only to be drawn into danger before he’s out of the airport.

When Paul dies under suspicious circumstances, Cass must rely on one of Paul’s clients, Kilo, a mercenary willing to protect Cass in exchange for sex. Together they have a chance to bring justice to the corrupt heart of Texas’s political power structure, but Kilo’s mysterious past may tear him from Cass when he needs him most. Even if they outlive their untouchable adversaries, how does a polite academic find lasting love with a soldier of fortune?

Exposing a cheating boyfriend is not the worst thing to happen to Cass that day. Although he thought finding his boyfriend in bed with his female best friend was devastating, Cass is soon plunged into a life and death thrill ride with an uncertain outcome. Fleeing the scene of the great betrayal, Cass heads to Houston and the home of his estranged twin bother, Paul. Although Paul is a drug addict and prostitute, Cass has always wanted to help his twin. Except his help is not only unwanted, but too late. Within hours of arriving at Paul’s place, Cass watches helplessly as Paul overdoses. At a loss of what to do, Cass only knows to trust Kilo, a mercenary that Paul had called for help. On the run from unknown assassins with powerful political connections, Cass can’t trust anyone but Kilo. Instinctively Cass wants more from Kilo than just protection and a warm bed, he senses they could have a real future. If only they’re not killed first.

Gemini is an action packed, fast moving adventure. It relies heavily on suspension of disbelief and the ability to be immersed in the story without questioning the many plot holes and contradictory details. I found sometimes I could be on board with the story and enjoy the over the top action, hot sex scenes, and entertaining chemistry between Kilo and Cass. At other times I was pulled out of the story frustrated over huge leaps in logic and changes in the plot and actions that didn’t make sense. I struggled with this story. I found the beginning to be entertaining and engaging and could forgive some of the obvious silly details, such as the airport bathroom scene, pretty easily. Once Paul died though I started to struggle a lot more with the plot and some glaring logic gaps.

Kilo and Cass are great characters and I loved their chemistry. Their sex scenes were hot, sexy, and just about melted the pages explosive. They simply worked together and that helped to really overcome many of my qualms about the book. I didn’t like the overly convoluted political plot that didn’t seem realistic or believable nor the convenient details that allowed for the resolution. I did like how both characters seemed to change over the course of the book, bringing out different qualities in each other. Their relationship by far was the best part of the book and I only briefly mourned the change from their initial agreement and hot sex to a more equable partnership almost immediately.

I liked parts of this story, but was too frustrated by the nonsensical plot unfortunately. I think the key to enjoying this particular offering is being able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the near non-stop action without questioning the details and plot turns that it takes to get there. It’s similar to an action movie with so many explosions that sometimes the lack of logic isn’t a problem. It all depends on the reader and their expectations. I’d cautiously recommend this for readers who think they could enjoy it.

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