Review: Hell or High Water by Jerrie Alexander

Review: Hell or High Water by Jerrie AlexanderHell or High Water by Jerrie Alexander

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 12, 2013
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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four-half-stars  

I love the feeling of never knowing what I’m going to get when I try a ‘new to me’ author or a new series. In this case, it was both a new author and book and it delivered the goods. The book didn’t stop from start to finish whether it was the time-is-running-out style case everyone was working on or the crackling with tension romance.

Kay finds herself kidnapped and in the middle of something really big after her job as CPS worker made her the last to see the lone witness to a drug trafficking ring alive. She gets away. Now they’re after her and its only with the help of the man who loved her and left her along with their other old friends that she can be protected from the danger long enough to solve the case.

Ex-Navy SEAL Nate Wolfe had a rough war that he barely came back from mentally and he’s been home trying to heal from it all while contracting for jobs with the government and starting up a detective agency. All the while, he has kept his eye on Kaysie from a distance. He knows she has reason to hate his guts, but that doesn’t matter now that her life is in danger. He’ll do anything to keep her safe and as he spends time close to her he realizes that walking away afterwards will be tougher than he thought. He’d done it once in the past, but now it might be impossible even if that is what Kaysie wants him to do.

As I mentioned before, the plot and pace on this one were nearly perfect. The heightened sense of danger and mystery behind the bad guys and my own personal disgust for their crimes had me engaged from the get go. At times, the suspense part of the plot kept me more enthralled than the romance and that’s saying something because usually romance is the big draw for me. The one downer with the plot was just a personal thing for me. Since Nate was a SEAL, I wanted to see more of that training in play. Yeah, he and the guys did some typical PI and techie spy stuff, but he wasn’t really let loose in any fight scenes. Not that his personality and expertise didn’t come off the pages making me believe he was who he was described to be; I just wanted to see it.

Now not to say the romance was meh or wrong- it wasn’t. It was abso-fab. I loved the sparks and chemistry between Kaysie and Nate. Their antagonism, attraction, beginnings of trust and then full on passion were a huge draw for me. I do have to say that while I adored their snark and sparks at the beginning; I was a bit let down to find out what was behind Kaysie’s anger. To hold anger of that degree of heat together, I was expecting something much worse. I guess it just meant that she never got over him or her anger might have cooled to nothing. As for Nate, he cracked me up and he wasn’t trying for humor. His whole ‘I’ll just keep my girl safe, growl at possible rivals, but I’m going on my merry way afterwards’ attitude amused the heck out of me. Bottom line though, they were great together and I didn’t get frustrated with them because the way the relationship was handled deftly. They might have had a past, but they had been separated for a decade and both grew into new and better so they had to get to know each other all over again and learn to trust again too.

So, this was a stupendous start to a new series that I will be eager to continue on with. Those who love romantic suspense and romantic thrillers should really give this one a try.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Thank you for reading and reviewing Hell Or High water. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Nate and Kay’s story.

    • Sophia Rose

      It was absolutely a joy to read. I look forward to the rest of the series. Thanks for dropping by Jerrie!

  • Rose, I just wanted to say thanks for your years of service to kids through your non-profit job. Very important work and burns folks out quickly. I know you made a difference in kids’ lives.
    Thanks too for reviewing books. They do influence what people choose to read. Nice site, btw. 🙂
    Ms. Alexander is a fine writer who sucks the reader in from the first page and provides a roller coaster ride with chilling situations, heart pounding romance, and characters you have to root for. If you like romantic thrillers, Ms. Alexander is an author to read and follow.

    • Sophia Rose

      Thank you for the wonderful encouraging words, Marsha! I do love to work with the families and reviewing books is a blast. Come back and visit our site as often as you like. Shari does a great job with it, right?

  • This review is spot on! Love the suspense as much as the romance in Jerrie Alexander books.

    • Sophia Rose

      This was my first Jerrie Alexander book, but it won’t be my last. Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

  • I really love that cover :0 great review and this sounds like an good book to read.

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh, he’s totally yummilicious, but I do wish he had a head. Definitely give this one a try if you like spicy romantic suspense.