The premise of this book thoroughly intrigued me. I loved the idea of a super-soldier who experienced amnesia trying to put the dangerous puzzle pieces of his past life together wondering the whole time how he could have walked away from his wife two years before without a word. And I gotta say that I was not disappointed when I finally clicked the last page. Rebecca Zanetti continues to amaze me even with this powerful start to a new series.
The story opens when Josie Dean gets a call from the hospital that her estranged husband was injured and hospitalized. Nothing for two years and now Shane is suddenly back in her life. Somehow, he must have been looking for her since she moved after he left her. Josie learns from Detective Malloy that Shane has amnesia and there is evidence that he was involved in a violent attack with three men left for dead. She steals herself not to let her tender feelings take over when it comes to Shane. He broke her heart and she won’t let him do it to her again. She’s made a new life for herself and even has a friendship that a local man that seems to be turning to the serious side. Josie takes Shane home with her to recover from his concussion, but plans to kick him out as soon as possible.
But the attacks continue and Shane insists that he’s the only one who can keep her safe. Then Shane’s secrets start to unravel and she learns not only did he break her heart, but he may be dangerous to her. She refuses Detective Malloy’s help and goes to her friend, Tom, who is making noises about taking her relationship deeper and she’s leaning toward him because he’s a safe bet. Josie continues to do her work as an accountant trying to find the source of the discrepancies in several clients accounts at her firm. Almost every moment is fraught with danger for her and Shane from unknown enemies, but even more dangerous is the determination of Shane for them to remain together and her own traitorous heart that wants to give him another chance.
As exciting as this story was, it did take me some time to get into it because I was on the fence about liking Josie the heroine. She had great reasons to reserve judgment on Shane’s motives and promises- yeah, I got that, but it was her ‘tough girl’ insistence that she could handle things when it was quite obvious to everyone, but her that she was in over her head. She’s definitely feisty and tough and stronger than the rest of us, but she was up against stronger and more ruthless people. She was so in the zone about leading a normal life and working her job that she wasn’t paying attention to the big picture.
Once things got going with all the stuff swirling around Josie and Shane and once Shane kicked into action as a lethal weapon intent on protecting his wife and winning her back, I was enthralled with the story. Shane was the ultimate action hero and Josie was no shrinking violet. Shane’s brothers were dangerous alpha male warriors too. The bad guys were true baddies that I loved to hate.
The way the plot began with everyone in the dark and things slowly being revealed offering many twists and turns was so captivating. The story ended on a happy note, but left the bad guys still out there and still up to their evil designs. I can’t wait to get into the next story featuring one of Shane’s delish brother’s as the main hero.
Awesome series start that I recommend to all thriller romance fans.
Thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.
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