Survival Game Review ~ Simply Romance … 7.5 out of 10!

A Men of London Romance

Author:  Susan Mac Nicol

Release Date:   September 7, 2017                                                     Price: $3.99

Reviewed by Elaine

36053296Cover Art:  Bold and vivid, the background on the bottom of the cover appears to be London at sunrise or sunset, with the sun on the horizon. Above it, a man in an unbuttoned green dress shirt is holding the shirt open, showing off a toned, bare chest. No head is visible. The title of the book is overlaid on top, with a set of red dice integrated into the title. The words are bold and legible. The Boroughs Publishing Group’s insignia is visible.

Synopsis:  The blurb is two short paragraphs that neatly tell the synopsis of the story with no fuss or muss. It could be a bit longer and more descriptive to lure a new reader into the series.  There is a lovely dedication to paramedics and ambulance drivers, and an acknowledgment to Binder for his help.  There is no 18+ warning and no trigger warnings for attempted assault.

Main Characters:

Kyle Tripper, Manager at Club Delish

Eric Kirby, Paramedic

The book opens with Kyle fighting off advances from a date, and it’s apparent that Kyle is also fighting some inner demons himself. Eric has his own issues he is dealing with, mainly burn out on his job, but also memories of his lost love.  I really liked the characters for the most part, but I never felt a connection to them.  It is most likely because I am a new reader to this author and this is a series.

Secondary Characters:  We have a cast of secondary characters that are very important to our leads.  This is book 9 in the series, and it can be read as a standalone, but I feel like I missed a lot by not reading the previous books.  There is a lot of history that is lost especially with Ryan and Mango, so I suggest reading the series to maximize the experience.

Plot:  The plot is exceedingly simple – it’s a romance, and whether they get together or not is the question.  Can Kyle and Eric fight off their own inner demons enough to see what is in front of them, and will they overcome them and win.

Flow/Continuity:  There was one continuity issue with Ryan’s illness that gave me pause. His diagnosis and subsequent surgery were dangerous and very significant, yet appeared to be resolved in a very short timeframe – seemingly days, not weeks or months.  I don’t feel like it was given the attention it deserved and am not even sure why it was included in the novel.  It was way too important to the series as a whole to be just a side note as it was.

Conflict and Climax:  The story is relatively low angst, with the characters fighting their inner demons along the way.  The side stories – Deacon especially, were interesting and kept the book stimulating.

Writing Style:  This story is written in third person

Editing:  There were a couple of errors noticed but not so many that it was overwhelming.  Editing could be tightened up a bit.

Formatting:  The book is easy to read, no lines between paragraphs like I personally prefer.  Text messages are in bold italics, so they are easy to spot, thoughts are italicized, so they also stand out.  There is a pair of dice in between scene changes.  The formatting was spot on and designed to make it a great reading experience.

Conclusion:  Survival Game is an enjoyable quick read, but one that I feel would be more pleasurable if read in order.  Unfortunately, I really couldn’t fully appreciate Kyle and Eric as a couple so I would call it more an HFN instead of an HEA.

I give this book a 7.5 out of 10. 

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