Mr. and Mr. Smith

Mr. and Mr. Smith

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by HelenKay Dimon
     
 
Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
 
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it.

Overview

Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.
 
Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .
 
Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


Praise for Mr. and Mr. Smith 
 
“If you like hot men, action, nerve-wracking situations and police books, you should read Mr. and Mr. Smith.”—The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange
 
“This book is . . . a whole heck of a lot of fun, with a large cast of characters, lots of women in power, some angry-hot sex, physically improbable stunts, and lots of shit blowing up. If you like your romance with a little dash of Die Hard, this is the book for you.”—Binge On Books
 
“If you are looking for some sexy, exciting, romantic suspense, I would definitely give Mr. and Mr. Smith a try. It is a fun story with lots of thrills and it looks to be the start of a great new series.”—Joyfully Jay
 
“Mr. and Mr. Smith is a suspense-filled story. There are moments of abrasive and emotional tantrums . . . and inspiring scenes of one man’s love for another. The premise is entertaining; the characters are an eclectic mix of intense, impassioned, and real; the romance is a fight to the finish.”—The Reading Cafe
 
“This book is worthy on all levels and has me anxiously waiting on others to follow.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews
 
“The sexual tension between the men has a tendency to explode on the page, which will keep you fanning yourself as you try to cool down.”—Bookaholic Anon
 
“This book had me on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire story. The plot is complex and the writing style kept me captivated from beginning to end. I did not want to put this book down until I finished it!”—Xtreme Delusions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399594946
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/24/2016
Series:
Tough Love , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
11,033
File size:
838 KB

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Meet the Author

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College.

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Mr. and Mr. Smith 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Marichus-Real 6 months ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fisher is an undercover operative, highly trained and always in control. He lives a double life with his boyfriend Zach who has no idea about his real job. Or does he? The story line is good and it is well-written. Although there is a couple of mistakes with the names -it refers to Zach when it should be Nathan and in another page it refers to Fisher and it should be Zach- and a couple of others minors editing errors, the story is very catching since the very first page and full of twists which make the book a very enjoyable reading. At the same time, it made me laugh with all the jokes between Fisher’s partners referring to his relationship with Zach. I like how their relationship is accepted by their partners and even by their bosses. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.
ShakBlak 9 months ago
Where to start? The summer days just keep getting hotter with this story! Two CIA agents, deep undercover on the same project. Here’s the thing… only one agent knows their both undercover! Fisher’s life has always about the CIA. Complete your mission, take a breather, move on the next mission. All that changed when Zach walked into his life. Zach made him want more out of life… he made Fisher want the one thing he never had… family. BUT… what is a man to think when he comes home and the guy he’s fallen in love with has been taken?! Even more, the man you fell in love with… is actually a double agent.. and you had no idea! Zach is a CIA agent that infiltrated a deadly organization that kidnaps people of power and auctions them off to the highest bidder. This organization is a family operation that is not above killing to get the assets they need and their next target… Fisher! The mission: save Fisher, dismantle the organization, and see what you can salvage of your relationship… oh and not die! Mr. and Mr. Smith literally had everything. There was love, betrayal, humor, and hot love scenes! Fisher and Zach both have such terrible upbringings that you want to root for them… even when they’re being stupid. Hurt feelings and a sense of betrayal sends both Fisher and Zach to the edge that they feel they have something to prove, leading one to go back undercover – knowing this could be the end for him while the other insists on harboring his feelings and allowing them to fester… slowly dying on the inside. This story was quite the page turner! I put off sleep so that I could know what happened next and how the story ended. I’m so glad that I did! This appears to be a series, so that makes me excited to know what will happen next! Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to review this book!
BoxerLover2 9 months ago
Fisher Braun -- British spy Zach Allen - American spy Location -- various hideouts in and around London Mr. and Mr. Smith is a good, action packed romance. Zack is an undercover CIA agent working on bringing down a terrorist organization that kidnaps people and auctions them off to the highest bidder. Fisher is a British spy with many enemies and he is on the auction list. Zach and Fisher have hooked up, but Fisher doesn’t tell Zack he is a spy. Zach doesn’t tell Fisher he was targeted because he is a spy. We get their back story, how they met, how they got together and why Zack intervenes to help Fisher and Nathan, who is with Fisher when he is kidnapped. Zack, Fisher & Company take on the bad guys. Lots of bullets are expended. Lots of blood is shed. This book does not suffer from a lack of action. Action both in and out of the bedroom. I had one problem, though. I had trouble keeping Zack and Fisher straight in my head. I found myself reading along thinking, who is talking in this scene? Am I sure this is the person I thought it was? My confusion affected my reading speed. I liked the romance and the interaction between everyone on the team. I want Nathan (from Fisher’s team) and Helena (Zach’s CIA handler) to get an HEA. Or maybe Nathan/Helena/Brighton? The heros of next book are Hunter, a German spy and Will, who for the moment appears to be one of the bad guys. There is much work to be done to bring down the terrorist organization. Intrigue Level -- 4 Stars Heat Level -- 5 Stars (The Good Kind Of Heat) Total -- 4 stars
NeilPlakcy 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this very sexy spy thriller. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Crystal61 11 months ago
The secrets and danger from their professions damage the relationship between Fisher and Zach. I was pulled in at the beginning although it dragged a bit in the middle. The feelings between the two men brought me back. I had to keep reading to see if they made it.
2kasmom 11 months ago
Fisher and Zach have had a good thing going. So good, Fisher moved him in with him. Then one night he finds out he really does not know Zach at all. The truth could kill him. Both men work in covert business, but Zach has enemies that Fisher never knew of. Fisher finds himself in danger and Zach right along with him. Can they make it out alive? Heart pumping action, with heart pumping heat. Has an fast pace and a good story. This book will keep you on your toes! I could not put it down as it was a complete page turner. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
disneytothemax 11 months ago
Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for this very different book! I don't get the opportunity to read M/M book, so I couldn't wait to dive into this one! It was really good and I enjoyed it! I was captivated from the beginning! Fisher and Zach are in a relationship and are both spies!! So, of course, they both have certain secrets that they don't share with each other. And that is the wonderful beginning to this story!! Everything about this book was amazing, beginning with the title!! The story line was great, and the characters were super hot and great! This story was action packed, and kept me on the edge of my seat!! I've been learning how to speed read and was glad I did because I just couldn't get to the end to see what happened fast enough! I'll be reading more books by HelenKay Dimon!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 11 months ago
MR. AND MR. SMITH is the first installment in HelenKay Dimon’s new, contemporary, adult, romantic suspense series. This is CIA operatives Fisher Braun, and Zachary Allen’s story line- an M/M romantic suspense story with scenes of M/M sexual imagery. Told from third person point of view MR. AND MR. SMITH focuses on the lies and betrayal between Fisher Braun and Zachary Allen, and the take down of an international criminal ring known as Pentasus. Fisher is an agent with the Special Activities Division (SAD) of the CIA currently on assignment in Britain, where he lives with his boyfriend Zachary Allen. Returning home, Fisher discovers their house has been ransacked and Zach has been taken hostage by the very group Fisher had been investigating. What ensues is the search and rescue of Zachary Allen, and the revelation that Zach is not the man he presented himself to be. The storyline line focuses on the deceit, lies, and betrayal between two men who have kept hidden, from one another, their CIA assignment and current connections with SAD. While Fisher is destroyed by Zach’s deceit, he is unwilling to accept responsibility for his own lies and betrayal of the man with whom he has fallen in love. The relationship between Zach and Fisher has already been established at the beginning of the story (and told through flashbacks and memories) but the reader is witness to the fall out from the dishonesty, and Zach’s undercover assignment where Fisher is the intended victim. While Fisher is unable to forgive and forget, he is a man determined to get in one or two last rounds of unforgiving $ex before Zach is sent back in undercover. The $ex scenes are intense, impulsive and energetic as Fisher is angered by Zach’s perceived betrayal. The sexual chemistry and attraction is palpable. We are introduced to several CIA agents and members of the British Special Activities Division including Fisher’s professional partner Nathan. Nathan’s presence is a balm to Fisher’s anger and resentment. Nathan adds a bit of comic relief. MR. AND MR. SMITH is a suspense filled story. There are moments of abrasive and emotional tantrums (courtesy of Fisher Braun), and inspiring scenes of one man’s love for another. The premise is entertaining; the characters are an eclectic mix of intense, impassioned and real; the romance is a fight to the finish.
ButtonsMom2003 11 months ago
A thrilling and suspenseful story – I loved it! Mr. and Mr. Smith is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Dimon and boy what an introduction to her writing! OK, I have to admit that the first chapter kind of confused me but I’m so glad that I kept reading. It had been a while since I read the story synopsis (I highly recommend you read it even if you usually skip them). I knew this was an M/M story but I really wasn’t getting how the story started out. So…after a couple of pages I went back and read the synopsis and then it all made sense. What I had forgotten was that this book was described on NetGalley as edgy and thrilling, about two men who can handle any threat. What I find strange is that Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank doesn’t show anywhere that it’s a suspense or thriller but boy it sure is! I don’t think I’ve ever read such an edgy, suspenseful M/M story. I guess I tend to read ones that are more about friends becoming lovers; maybe I need to change that. This book had me on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire story. The plot is complex and the writing style kept me captivated from beginning to end. I did not want to put this book down until I finished it! Fisher and Zach are both CIA operatives but Fisher doesn’t know that Zach is CIA and he also doesn’t know that Zach knows he is. OK, I know that may read a little confusing but trust me the story is not confusing – it’s fantastic. If you read M/M stories because they’re hot, don’t be alarmed; this one won’t disappoint you there either. Fisher is the strong, broody type and doesn’t want to admit what he feels for Zach – especially after he feels betrayed by him – but he just can’t seem to keep away. Zach knows that Fisher is his soul-mate but he’s not sure how he will overcome the hatred and mistrust Fisher has for him because of the choices his job forced on him. This book is supposed to be the start of a new series but it standalones with no cliffhanger and I couldn’t find a name for the series. There are several interesting secondary characters so perhaps there will be other stories coming about some of them. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on or soon after release date.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 11 months ago
m/m When spies fall in love it is never pretty. Lies are not a great foundation for love. Such is the case for Fisher & Zach. Zach has always known that Fisher is a spy but Fisher didn’t know that Zach was undercover CIA. When it comes to light all hell breaks loose. It takes a while and Zach almost dying but Fisher does eventually get his head out of his ass in time for a HEA. I loved the secondary characters and Zach. There were times I wanted to Gibbs slap Fisher. All in all a good read.
ravenwolf_EPTX 11 months ago
Good Plot Potential, but Lacked Spark and Dimension. Fell Flat. ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Two men dressed in business-type attire, black and white tone. Title font is bold, author's name is almost obscured. The title catches the eye, the synopsis piques the interest. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. While the story begins in the midst of a situation, hinting to an adrenaline-rich and action-packed thrill ride waiting to be read, it left me feeling like I'd missed some key and crucial information somewhere, so far as to checking if this book was not a later installment to a series as opposed to a series starter as the synopsis implies. Two men meet in a bar, neither are who they appear to be. While the story moves along at a solid pace and the writing is smooth, it's consumed with espionage and the cat-and-mouse spy games best described as a Spy Thriller with only SOME Gay Romance content. Both men are strong, well-developed characters, but even at the halfway mark, it was still difficult to feel any connection to either man or in the men together as an involved couple. Even though it was touted, often, that the sex was great, it had an emotional disconnect. The secondary characters helped to support the plot without being too invasive. Dialogue is strong, interaction felt natural. By the end of the book, I was still left feeling as though Zach and Fisher had more of a workplace bond than a romantic connection, there was no tangible spark between them. The plot was interesting and had so much potential, but if fell a little flat for me. There was a lack of depth, dynamics and dimension that I look forward to in suspenseful romances that is really did not have. There were many conflicts, presented from several external sources as well as those that were self-imposed. A number of the issues were addressed and resolved, a HEA was implied, but there was just enough of an opening for the series to continue onward with the storyline without containing a full-on cliffhanger. Predictability was low and there were no real surprises to liven things up. Overall: the writing was good and the plot had a lot of potential, but the romantic element did not ring true and the experience fell just a bit flat. I'd still recommend it to fans of Espionage / Spy Romances, but it was not a category I favored. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.9 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bette313 11 months ago
I am really at a lose as to how to review this one without giving too much of the story away. This book starts out fast and furious and really doesn't let up. Fisher and Zach are very interesting characters and I could feel the chemistry between these two BUT considering they are both suppose to be highly trained intelligence officers, I found their behavior childish at times throughout the story. Overall the book is about trust, betrayal, and survival and these two will have to forget about the betrayal and learn to trust each other if they want to survive. Overall it was a good read I just would have tweaked the characters a bit. I would definitely recommend it though.
beckymmoe 11 months ago
Phew! What a ride this book takes you on! I'm a total sucker for super-secret spy-type stories (I blame watching waaaay too much Scarecrow and Mrs. King in my formative years), so I jumped at the chance to read this one. In a lot of ways, I wasn't disappointed--the espionage and action keep you on the edge of your seat--right from the very first chapters, I was hooked. I liked the main players--Zach, Fisher, Nathan, and Seth--especially how Nathan and Seth spent so much of their time ragging on Fisher. Because Fisher? Totally deserved it. And then some. I get that he felt betrayed--heck, who wouldn't? But OMG, he needed to let it go. About seventeen chapters before he actually did. Because, hello? You're both super-secret spy guys. Lying is what you all do for a living. And getting all in Zach's face for doing his job? Hello, pot, meet Kettle. Your blackness is pretty darn equal, so stop making your boyfriend miserable with your crappy 'tude, 'kay? Way too much whining. Way too much blaming. Eventually we get a better reason for it other than "you hurt my feelings, you big lying liar" and I was slightly less aggravated with him, but for a good chunk of the middle of the book I just wanted to skip all of his parts and get to the exciting stuff. But I persevered. And I'm glad I did, because it got much better at the end, with all of the dramatic spy stuff and a hero who'd finally gotten over himself and stopped punishing his boyfriend for doing what he had to do (and risking his job to save his boyfriend's life in the process.) So--4 stars, for fun espionage and camaraderie among agents, a decent romance, and likable characters, the one star detracted for the incessant whining of Fisher (especially since it didn't stop him from pursuing physical--ahem--pleasures with Zach all the while. Totally not fair, dude). If there's going to be a series around these characters (there's some question at the end about where some of the bad guys/possible bad guys have ended up) I'd definitely sign up to read more. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.