I love Romantic Suspense books that feature military or specially trained heroes involved in an intrigue with a worthy opponent and where the heroine is capable. This one looked like it fit the bill when I read the blurb so I grabbed it up. And, to a certain extent it met my expectations.
The story opens with Morgan Rains, psychology prof and widow, visiting the vacation mountain cabin she shared with her husband to clean it out and sell it. She still feels a big hole in her life that her husband used to fill and is just going through the motions until that stormy night when an injured and naked man stumbles into her yard.
Jack Brandt, former Navy SEAL and now partner in a security firm, has just escaped horrendous torture when his cover was blown when he infiltrated a home-grown militia group to gather info on them. He escaped the compound getting as far as the woods outside Morgan’s cabin. He has now drawn her into the danger surrounding him when the militia men track him there.
Jack and Morgan have to work together to save their lives and later to stop the mission the militia group is set to do. As they are thrown together, they first deny and then explore the attraction they share. Jack knows he isn’t relationship material and Morgan thinks she’s still not ready to jump into one, but what they have together is too strong to be held back. First, they have to survive and stop those who plot against them and their country.
The plot of this one was a solid and exciting story. I enjoyed the pace of things unfolding and revealing what was going on. I got so suspicious that I was even looking askance at Jack’s partners (yeah, I get the eensy bit too paranoid). I love the type of stories that make me suspect everyone. I enjoyed the personalities of the characters in the story and liked them for each other. Jack is the tenacious and capable hero with a heart. He thought he was too broken and undeserving of happiness. Morgan tried to guard her broken heart and the feeling of loss by letting herself go numb and just go through the motions. She may not be a trained warrior and she understandably balks over violence coming from her non-military/warrior background, but she isn’t angsty and whiny.
But- yes there’s a but. While I liked the couple together and I loved the story path, there was just something ‘pat’ about how neatly the romance happened and a little rote when it came to their lovemaking scenes. Yes, I get this is a romance in fiction and fictional romances take place scary fast, but it just felt like their barriers and hang-ups were swept aside rather quickly.
In the end, my issue was a dinky one and didn’t interfere with my overall enjoyment. In fact, I’d love to get stories of Jack’s partners and more adventures with the Rockport Security guys. I recommend this to those who enjoy their romantic suspense on the spicier side.
My thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the chance to read and review this book.