Targeted by a terrorist cell, Bryn McAllister survives a bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut only to be left to die in a desert cellar. When she is rescued by Navy SEAL Lieutenant Declan McCabe and his team, Bryn must rely on the handsome officer to get her to safety. But just when she thinks the nightmare is over, family friend and legendary CIA operative Luke Hutchinson recruits her and McCabe to help track down the terrorist mastermind responsible for the attack.
With Bryn determined to see the terrorist brought to justice, Dec joins up to protect her, prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe during their dangerous mission. Battling the explosive attraction between them, Dec fights to keep his distance from her so he can do his job and keep her alive. But when plans fall apart and Bryn is captured, he must make the agonizing choice between his duty as a SEAL and the life of the woman he loves.
©2010 Kaylea Cross (P)2013 Tantor
Wow what a pleasant surprise this book was, intrigue, action, romance. I just wish for Kaylea sake they would move this to the romance section, that's truly where it belongs the love scenes are hot but tame by erotica standards. this book is definitely miscategorized! If it were in the romance section, more people would get to enjoy this authors work!
Story was ok but the seals would be ashamed. Deck was terrible. He just leaves his principle then he's pissed when she gets hurt. Jackass.
researcher, mad off-roader, desert girl
Reading the other reviews for this book, I thought I should chime in to clarify a few things. First, the book is entertaining. Second, it definitely is miscategorized if its pegged as erotica since it took forever for anyone to act on attraction and it was 1980s lukewarm. That's not to say it was bad, but for a lot of folks, they would prefer to skip erotic details and they'd like this book. Our male hero is wonderfully emotional which is very unusual for this genre (think of Lucky ODonlon of Suzanne Brockmann's series). He knows pretty quickly that he wants long term, but wisely doesn't share that immediately.
Now, for tactical: I have returned a book of Ms Cross before because of the weak premise and poor research. In the wild opening chapters, I kept mentally thinking of several books with the same premise and a few episodes of The Unit and of course, the movie Navy Seals with Charlie Sheen. This might not be fair because I'm getting to the end of this genre's library shelf and its getting hard for me to find "fresh".
There were some glaring and less glaring tactical errors (such as leaving your principle in a firefight mentioned by another reviewer) that are consistent with Ms Cross writing. She's done some reading up, but for those of us a bit more familiar with military strategy or tactics,or these particular spec warriors...yeah, we're gonna be irritated. For the general reader however, it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. We suspend reality on the later part of the book as they chase the devil to ground. But on the other hand, it was refreshing to have her place events, people and motivations within the actual context (Mahdi Army; Muktada al Sadr etc). And in fact, I did sit for a while thinking about some current events from a perspective she introduced. Can't say that's common at all for me after reading one of these.
So, despite the caveats above, I enjoyed the story and the listen enough to overlook weaknesses in plot and storyline. The narration was well done and very much added to the enjoyment.
If you like Suzanne Brockmann, Marliss Melton, Stephanie Tyler, Catherine Mann then you'll likely enjoy this one too.
For a story to be good it needs to be a person in its own way. This story is doesn't meet the mark. There is no wit, no humor, no character. it just doesn't step out of the page, so to speak. It does not bring the characters to life or come to life itself. I'm trying to find a way to describe this gray, bland, waste of time. The narrator was okay, and nothing else was. Okay, I mean. Buy a different book.
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