I am currently in the middle of an international move (hello, America! I’ve missed you!), but I wanted to get my thoughts down about this book while it’s still fresh.
This review will not contain spoilers for Part & Parcel, but does contain spoilers for previous Cut & Run and Sidewinder books.
Part & Parcel, by Abigail Roux
Series: Sidewinder, Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5
Pre-order: Read it 48 hours early on Riptide.com
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend’s call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near-disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on.
Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the Doc, while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.
Desperately seeking solace, Nick finally gathers the courage to sort through the possessions his dear friend and fellow Sidewinder teammate Elias Sanchez left him when he died. Instead of comforting memories, Nick and Kelly find a stack of letters and strict instructions from Eli that prompt them to send out a call for assistance. With Eli’s letters in hand, Sidewinder sets out on one last mission together, seeking peace and absolution from beyond the grave—and from each other.
Part & Parcel is a love song to the Cut & Run fandom. It’s about family, and about relationships, and about secrets and truths and beginnings and ends. It feels like the true end of the Cut & Run series, and the start of something new, but still familiar.
Since the moment I finished Crash & Burn earlier this year, I’ve been craving– no, I’ve been aching for more. I wanted Nick’s story, and the continuation of the adventure. What happened after he was stabbed? What were the consequences for his lying?
This story was everything I wanted… and more. If you’re a fan of the Cut & Run series, and if you love the Sidewinder boys as much as I do, then this book will shatter you and leave you desperate for more.
My top three (non-spoilery) favorite things about this book:
1. Eli. He’s the phantom that’s lingered over the entire Cut & Run series, but now he’s finally a character made whole through the team’s memories. He’s sassy and selfless and amazing. Being able to finally see the last piece of the Sidewinder team was exactly what I wanted.
There are going to be some rules for this trip. You will follow these rules. Don’t make me Swayze the shit out of you.
I also wonder if there wasn’t a hint of The Bone Orchard in this story, too. But I’ll say no more about that. *zips lips*
2. Nick and Kelly. I mean, it’s a Sidewinder book, so we know it’s going to be more about the Nick/Kelly than the Ty/Zane, but Abigail really digs deep into their relationship. She dissects their emotions and tears about the carefully constructed foundations of their relationship… and the rebuilding most certainly isn’t easy. But the humor is still there, as is the love, and that’s what’s important.
“Are you okay?” Nick asked shakily.
“Yeah.” Kelly managed a nervous laugh. “Yeah, sure. Terrified and a little turned on. You know… typical Friday night.
3.Digger. Please, please write a book entirely about Digger’s adventures? Like, his attempts to rob banks, and Owen’s exasperated attempts to stop him? Also, some really special details about this character, which I’d suspected for a while, were finally revealed.
“What the hell are we supposed to do with civilian life?”
Everyone was so quiet, Kelly could hear Eli breathing from all the way across the room. No one would meet his eyes.
“Rob banks?” Digger finally suggested.
“No!” Nick and Owen both barked.
Actually, I lie. Adding a number four.
4. The sex. Um, woah. Just this one line describes it all.
“Jesus, you get dirtier every time we fuck.”
I think once this book has been out for a week or so, I’ll make another post to ramble about my favorite spoilery parts. But for now, I just want to encourage everyone to go read this book. I mean it… Abigail has done a phenomenal job with this one.
(If you’re new to the Cut & Run series, or the Sidewinder series, you should start with book one, Cut & Run. You won’t regret it!)