D’s story! I have wanted his story since the moment I encountered him. This action-packed passionate romantic suspense series has produced some amazing characters, but it was this cold, lethal man’s story that I just had to have. And here it is.
I have gone about things the wrong way around this series. My first encounter was with book five and that was the only one I read. Loved it! Did I go back and get the rest? We-ll no, working on that, but in the meantime, I chose to sweep delayed gratification aside and dive into this one since this was the story I really wanted to read next. Lucky me, it worked out though I did have to really depend on the update to get up to speed since I skipped the one in between. All that to say, yes, this can be read out of order provided the reader doesn’t mind a little bit of feeling they have stepped into the middle of something.
The story opens with Derek Pratt bringing his team member to the doctor contracted to heal their injuries. It has been a hellish mission because he has to make a tough call about Liam MacGregor who is not taking the disappearance of their fellow team member, Sully, well. D has never gotten that close to anyone and he never intends to. But then the feisty doctor, Sofia Amaro, insists recovery time is needed. D reluctantly agrees and is shocked when the soft woman makes a suggestion for their waiting time. D is honest with Sofia and she accepts his rigid terms for their sexual encounter. Then he is gone. Only, for the first time, he left such a situation reluctantly.
Sofia knows that everyone is terrified of the cold, brutal Derek Pratt, and she knows she should be too. She is probably the most surprised person to realize that she is attracted to him. She even welcomes him to her bed. He promises that it is just sex and it is- hard and rough and unemotional. Then he is gone, but the shocks just keep coming because they made a baby. Sofia tracks him down to tell him and lands in the middle of something where she should never be. And only Derek Pratt can get her out of it against insurmountable odds.
D gets a lead on Sully and discovers that his past has come back to bite him. He owes his teammate a rescue since Sully was taken because he was mistaken for D. D heads out, but soon is saddled with ‘help’ and Sofia and he is going to be a father. It is too much. He tries to focus on a mission that has gone more than sideways. Now they are all in grave danger from more than one direction, but for the first time, D is offered hope and connection if he will but reach out and take it.
Alright, so this was my anticipated story. Derek Pratt was all that I could hope for as was his painful back story. His situation was dire and he had to be tough and strategic to get through alive. I really liked the woman that was Derek’s love interest. Sofia is a nurturer and healer. She has her own sad past. The pair of them were exciting and heartwarming to read. Their passion and tension drew me in and I was thrilled to see how they came together and helped each other heal.
But, I wasn’t too keen on the way they were brought together after that first scene. Sofia came off as rather naive and dumb to me as a result. I mean who goes charging into a mission just to have a heart to heart and face to face conversation that can wait until the guy gets back? And who goes charging after him all alone and unarmed to-wait for it- protect him from lethal, skilled, ARMED, killers?
And then she was the damsel in distress and handicapped D’s chances of saving his mission buddy.
I liked the results of this pair- D and Sofia- forced to confront their past issues and learn more about each other and grow to have feelings, but this was not my idea of a good way to go about it. Honestly, it took away from the story. I continued with the story and loved what came afterward which was good.
And, this one had some tense and exciting scenes through and through. It had grit and danger galore. The passion was good and I like this pair for each other and what they did for each other. The added side story of Liam and Sully was good. I hope to get more there. The inclusion of the team working together is always a plus.
All in all, it fell toward the positive. I was happy with D’s story though I wish the device to bring Sofia further into the story had been different. The romance and suspense were strong components as was the character development. Definitely want more of the series and recommend it to those who enjoy gritty, spicy romantic suspense.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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