Rye has made his home on the island for the last year and a half finding the relaxed lifestyle to his liking. He also has been a committed fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, making the ring his main focus over the previous decade. Rye is a bisexual who likes the men he beds to be rough and strong so he is immediately attracted to U.S. Marshal Wyatt when he comes into the bar.
Wyatt enjoys women but has repressed sexual fantasies about being with a man for years. He has no intention of acting on his attraction to men mainly becaus he feels having a same sex intimate encounter is unacceptable due to his job. Wyatt's attraction to Rye is immediate and intense but he suppresses it. Rye, however recognises Wyatt's interest, is keen for a challenge and when he finishes work pays a visit to the U.S. Marshal.
After a confrontation, Rye breaks down Wyatt’s defenses and they take pleasure in an explosive, hot erotic encounter. I thought Ms. Kennedy’s characterization of Wyatt and Rye was excellent as they are two dominant hot alpha males who are perfectly matched physically and in temperament. The thing I really liked about this story was that there was no promises of relationship commitment adding believability to the tale.
I found Takedown to be a feel good, well plotted short story and Ms. Kennedy pens a little twist at the end as to what the catalyst is that brought Wyatt and Rye together. Takedown is the first story I’ve read of Ms. Kennedy’s that she has written from a third person POV and I enjoyed it very much. I also love the cover art of Takedown. I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Kennedy’s work.