Shadow Soldier: Cattle Valley #26 by Carol Lynne
Shadow Soldier: Cattle Valley #26
By Carol Lynne
Finally! We get Duncan McConnell’s story. I have been waiting for his story since he was introduced about three books ago.
Duncan McConnell is the Director of a shadow government mercenary agency, while Midnight handles most all of the main day to day operations and phone calls from the handlers and agents, Duncan still makes all the big decisions, and is still the one that answers directly to the President of the United States. He is getting ready to retire; he is enjoying his woodworking shop in Cattle Valley. Luke comes to him about his partner in the EMT’s that is having horrible PTSD and asks if he can help in any way. Duncan, being Duncan, looks into the young man’s past, and finds out his discharge was not dishonorable like he leads everyone to believe, that he had a horrible time of it over in the Middle East.
Aaron Ellis lets everyone believe that he was dishonorably discharged over his homosexuality; it makes what happened to give him PTSD a little more manageable. He is looking at a headboard in Duncan’s shop, has been for a couple weeks now, it is too beautiful to pass up so he goes in to buy it and meets the man. He is instantly attracted to the good looking older man, and when Duncan offers to teach him woodworking he jumps at the chance.
Their relationship starts off a little slow, Duncan knows he has to tell Aaron about checking into his background, and then Midnight calls, Sully is stuck in a Columbian prison, and the only person available is Midnight. So, Duncan needs to take over the day-to-day running of the operations, so he is worried about Aaron and getting involved, ends up hurting Aaron. After a good yelling from Luke, Duncan explains what he can, and he and Aaron start again.
This story was another wonderfully woven tale by Ms. Lynne. Two men with such nightmares, can they work their way through them? Can they build a new life; a stronger life together as their rough edges and what they felt were their worst traits came to light? When a fire sweeps through their building, can they find a way to rebuild? Such passion need and pain in these two men that you cry and just want to hold them both. I loved this story from the beginning, could not put it down, and did not want to put it down. Everything I have come to expect from Ms. Lynne in her well crafted books; a great addition to this series. Thank you for this 5 star book, and taking us once again on a short vacation to this town you have created.