Series: #1 The Collective
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Intensity is shot through this whole book so that I never had time to draw a deep or relieved breath. Whether it was the physical danger element or the painful and deeply emotional relationship, this one just didn’t let up. I have never read this author before and now I want to smack myself with a ‘why ever not’ because this was an incredible bit of writing that lived up to and then some what is revealed in the blurb. And yes, I used a boat-load of descriptive adjectives already because I just couldn’t help myself.
Grace is a trained CIA operative and one of the best snipers in the world, but she is off grid and doing merc work now because she’s trying to escape the horror of her past. Her little girl died before her very eyes as a result of a hired gun of a known terrorist and she blames her ex-husband because it was to get to him that the kill was ordered. Now Grace only lives for revenge. She will get the terrorist or die trying.
Gabe Brennan knows his wife hates and blames him for what happened to their daughter. He blames himself, but he’s done watching her from afar as she slowly falls apart at the seams. He rounds her up and recruits her for a new job on a new team made up of the best at what they do. The clock is ticking and they have to stop a man mad with power before he unleashes a terrible biological weapon. Grace agrees to come on board if he promises to help her exact her revenge. The stakes are high for Gabe to achieve all the goals he sets out to accomplish and he can’t afford to make one misstep whether it is bringing down a would-be dictator or getting his wife back.
I was so into this book that I could barely come up for air. I knew it would be exciting and it was, but I didn’t expect to be grabbed up emotionally by the characters in a thriller-style romance. The plot is an abso-fab twisty thing of beauty with enemies just as determined and capable as the good guys. The action and the romance both raised the bar on the usual suspense stuff. I loved that this one was about a husband and wife who needed a second chance. Love is never in question, but yet the gulf separating them was pretty wide and deep when the story started. The action is riddled with backdrop and scenes that felt pretty authentic with the descriptions of equipment, covert activities and even how people in that type of life would have thought and felt. The pacing was good and it had that quality of never knowing what to expect next.
The main characters were so well-written. I loved both Grace and Gabe and I loved them together. Their marriage is full of heat and passion even when they have to deal with some pretty hard issues. The rest of the characters were not chintzed on. Gabe’s team is the best. They were all unique men with their own personalities and special abilities. I was thrilled to see that this is a series and I can’t wait to read more knowing that the story will shift to one of the others getting their story and its no mystery who once you read the epilogue. I have to say that while the bad guys weren’t given as much page time, their perspectives were not neglected either. They were some really evil customers to perform the atrocities they did and all of them needed killing. As you can tell, I was really vested in the characters and the story.
I most certainly recommend this to those who love steamy thriller or action romance and even the romantic suspense lovers out there.
We have one ebook copy graciously given to us by the author to give away to one lucky commenter! For a chance to win, leave a comment.
Giveaway ends May 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT.
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