What is this about?: Charles and Angel are ATF agents and former lovers. They meet again when Charles is part of a team that extracts Angel from an undercover operation gone wrong. But, then they discover someone from that operation might have followed Angel to the US and is stalking him.
What else is this about?: Charles and Angel’s relationship: the good and the bad.
Should you read: Yes. Oh yes. These two are messily complicated, and it makes for a great read.
Blurb: Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location—until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen in years. Their “simple rescue mission” is about to get a lot more complicated.
For Ángel Medina, adjusting to life after his cartel nightmare is hard enough without confronting memories of a failed relationship. All he wants is a fresh start. But when a violent stalker lashes out from the shadows, Ángel realizes his nightmare is far from over.
As the stalker’s obsession escalates and bodies start dropping, Charles and Ángel are thrown together in a desperate search for the culprit. Tempers flare and old passions reignite, drawing them back into the same turbulent relationship that once ended in disaster.
But the stalker isn’t letting go—and the next strike might hit straight through the heart.
Angel and Charles are former lovers when they meet again under the worst of circumstances: Charles is sent to extract Angel from an undercover operation he had no idea he was on. Soon after, it becomes apparent that someone is stalking Angel, following him to San Diego and Charles’ team there, who are determined to protect Angel and find out who is after him.
There are many suspects, each as improbable as the next because well logic makes them impossible, even as the evidence makes them probable suspects. As a result, Kingsbridge has woven an intricate, twisty tale that keeps everyone guessing and frustrated. It’s that frustration that falls over into the personal life of Charles and Angel.
So their story: Charles was and still is firmly in the closet, which infuriates Angel as much as it ever did when they were together years before. Slowly, as the investigation for his stalker progresses, Kingsbridge unfurls a complicated, passionate love story between them. These two aren’t perfect and they piss each other off with their stubbornness as much as it slowly becomes clear that they still care deeply for one another. It’s a treat to read about this relationship because you’re going to be feeling for them both – they’re both in the right and the wrong, and too proud and stubborn to be the first to admit it, until the end.
Their ending isn’t easily reached, and there’s still a sense that they have a ton of work to do. This isn’t pat and neatly tied with a bow. Kingsbridge makes it clear they’ve changed, but they still have a long way to go before they can actually have a healthy, functioning relationship. I liked that, I liked that – it made them all the more real to me.
Can’t Hide From Me is a mystery and an excellent, passionate love story. Definitely well worth a read.