Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z.

October 18, 2016 Review 6

Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z.

Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.

Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.

But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.

Title: Friendly Fire
Author: Cari Z
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Where There's Fire, Dangerous Territory, Where There's a Will, Risky Behavior
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: Oct 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance, Mystery
Pages: 252
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I have just finished reading Friendly Fire and it was not what I expected. As I sit here writing my review, I’m looking at the blurb comparing it to my memories, somehow what I expected and what I got were not matching up. I have to admit by looking at the cover and matching it up to the title, I was guessing this was an espionage story with a side of M/M romance. Wrong!


Elliot has a checked past (Understatement!) but he has changed his life. He is now the head of his own self-help program and getting ready for a major launch, firmly putting his past behind him. When he starts receiving threats, he is reluctant to call the police, instead he hires a security company to put a system in his house. Forced to retire from the military, Lennox is now a security expert. Suffering from PTSD has made his life challenging especially when it comes to raising his daughter. When his ex-wife’s sister asks him to set up her boss up with a new security system, he did think he was going to meet someone that was going to change his life.


I really enjoyed Friendly Fire. Elliot is quite the charmer but very stubborn about all the threats he has been getting. Lennox is sweet and whoa wait, he was married to a woman had a kid and likes men, too. I stumbled over that one for a minute. The dynamics between these two grows at a fast pace but still had a good feel to it. There are quite the 6-degrees of separation between them that I rather liked and found humorous. However, what really worked for me was this; Elliot’s life is in danger, he meets Lennox and they click, and as much as a romance begins between these two, the story still revolves around the danger without going all mushy. Don’t get me wrong, mushy can be a good thing, but in this case, I feel too much would have ruined this story.


Now that I have my first book by Cari Z under my belt, I’m ready to read more by her. I found Friendly Fire to be the perfect combination of characters, romance, humor, and intrigue. Kudos to the author for not only that great epilogue, but also managing to kept the guilty parties under wraps. I was trying to figure it out the whole time and never would have guessed who it was. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author and highly recommend this book.



Friendly Fire

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About Cari Z


Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.


Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.


Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on, under the name Carizabeth.


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6 Responses to “Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z.”

  1. Ree Dee

    Great review! Best wishes for much success with Friendly Fire!
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Ami

    I was lucky to have read the ARC and I loved it. The cover is gorgeous. So it will be nice if I can win the paperback just so I can stare on ^^. Thanks for the giveaway chance, Cari


  3. Lisa

    Thanks for the review. It sounds amazing & I’m looking forward to reading it!