Series: Deadly Force #1
Genres: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 6, 2018
He's taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves
Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he's done...or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.
It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it's not just her heart that's in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined...
A reunion romance and a thriller quality suspense seemed just the right thing when a disgraced ex-Green Beret finds his way home and finds everyone he knows in danger as powerful forces converge on Savannah all hunting one thing- a historical artifact.
Every Deep Desire began with a swirl of shifting images and scenes that left me dizzy and confused for quite some time. It was purposeful, I believe, so the reader feels the weight of deep and conplex intrigue going on around them.
But no, I was not even moderately appreciative of this technique especially when it was nearly at the half-way point and I was still feeling the merry-go-round sensation. There was a lot of activity, but it was people moving in circles around each other rather than a nice, crisp linear plot. Yep, it was a crazy amount of plot threads all tangled together and enough characters to fill out a James A. Michener novel. Though, while I’m on the subject of comparisons to other novels, I felt a little like I was reading a Dan Brown thriller especially with that whole secret brotherhood of assassins and, my eyes doth role, their fondness for Shakespeare and the overall tie of the story to Romeo and Juliet.
I was frustrated most of all because there are some really good elements in this book, but there was enough of them to fill four books. I don’t think it helped that I was barely tolerating most of the characters including the main pair. Juliet has this ‘I am woman hear me roar’ thing that kicks in at the most inopportune moments and turns her into a damsel in distress because she over-estimates her abilities and under-estimates her opponents while ignoring the good advice from trained operatives because she’s in a mood. And, then there’s Rafe… bleeding heart Rafe who really does go big when he decides to screw up or wallow and do nothing when action is called for. One of the side characters is even worse for a drug addicted ex officer who seems to be only capable of letting the bad guys have their merry way and turning his back on duty while hypocritically calling Rafe a traitor and a screw up.
I skimmed this book from the half-way point onward. While the plot started making a little better since (I mean just a little), the characters got more aggravating by the page. I was ready to throw my poor Kindle across the room at the 85% point. People made dumb moves, but the excitement and crisis point was there so I went ahead and finished. I will not be recommending this one though I am going to rate is as okay because it had some good pieces when it came to several of the suspense elements and how the romance side was set up.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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