Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 5, 2019
Source: Free Book
What a wonderful gift to fans and newbies! Four dynamite stories, four sensational authors, and a variety pack of romantic suspense to make a reader swoon.
I’ve read three of the four author’s works and in each case, this includes the series being introduced in this anthology. Now, while I think it is an excellent sampler, I do think I got more out of it because I did read those other books first, but, no worries if you start here and take the series in chronological order.
Any Means Necessary by Katie Ruggle
.5 Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
A quick prequel novella to introduce the world of the new series and introduce Molly Pax and her sisters who all happen to be bounty hunters along with the aggravating and attractive John Carmody while they work to earn a living and keep up with their loser mom’s criminal antics.
This was a quick mall chase scene with the sisters acting together. It was madcap and light.
It was a fun romp, but I admit that if I’d started with this one instead of the first book in the series, I would have found it the eensiest under-developed as far as characters and plotting. It is a teaser and not really a full-fledged story.
Deep Blue by Adriana Anders
.5 Survival Instincts
A slam-bang action-packed prequel that introduces the heart of the series nicely. Retired Navy SEAL and non-profit marine environmentalist discover danger and conspiracy on an abandoned oil rig off the San Diego coast.
Okay, so Zoe is one of those heroines who disregarded dive safety, who somehow decided she could keep up with trained SEALs and not be a liability against armed security types, and who naively went into danger like a chicken putting its own head on the chopping block, but she was sweet and Eric was amazing and so was his team so I’ll call it a win.
That last scene was quite the teaser and I want the next book as soon as possible. First time with the author’s writing and it won’t be my last.
No Way Out by Juno Rushdan
.5 Final Hour
After reading the first novel, it was neat to come back for this prequel to get the gritty, suspenseful story of how The Gray Box began and how Sanborn and Knox ended up in charge. Things are never cut and dry in the shadow community and words like honor and duty can get skewed in this community where right is shades of gray lighter than wrong.
I enjoyed this story offering a delicious taste of what to expect in the series with a romance set against high stress field work on a mission gone sideways. Ashley, a first time field agent, who has a strong conscience, and former field agent, Logan who is nursing PTSD and physical pain along with a bad case of survivor’s guilt reunite when Logan goes after Ash to keep her safe. I think this worked better for me after book one because things made better sense and had more significance for me.
Beyond Home by Connie Man
1.5 Florida Wildlife Warriors
This was actually a follow up piece involving a co-worker of the hero from book one, Marco Sanchez. Marco, the son of migrant workers and an alcoholic, never felt he measured up against Sarah’s country club family. He had a good reason for standing her up at the dance, but then he stayed away. Now, they’re both back and it’s time to get closure, but first they have to get to an old woman who needs insulin and then protect her family from an escaped convict set on revenge.
So, all in all, I was incredibly satisfied with what I read, eager to press forward for more in these series, and can heartily recommend this anthology and the rest of the series.
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