Series: DELOS #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Military, Revenge, Romance, Suspense
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Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that provides schooling for children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.
Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.
I have been a big fan of romantic suspense for a while now, I like the life or death of it all, and personally I think heightened emotional situations can make for great scenarios for two people to find common ground and with that love. I also happen to really enjoy romances with a military feel to them, frankly because I was an army wife for so long, it’s familiar territory for me. This book for me was kind of one of those middle ground books, had good points and bad points equally.
So I want to kind of go over what I didn’t like about the book first. There were a lot of little details that bugged me, but the one that sticks out the most was that Lia told Cav she was a sergeant when she got out of the army and she was an E-4, which is not the correct army rank. There were a lot of little things like that. Also the characters seemed to use exclamation points way more then I think any normal people talk. Some of the characters would repeat very large speeches to the same characters on more then one occasion (Dalaria to Lia) as if the first conversation never happened. There were time jumps that happened from one paragraph to the next, which really threw off the rhythm of the book for me. Also some of the sexy times, the language was kind of stiff, not sexy to me. But all of these things I didn’t like are mostly personal preference (like if you don’t know much about the army it might not bug you that the ranks were wrong), so other people might not have the same issues I had. Also, the suspense part of the novel was over way before I was expecting it to and then it went to much different pace and style of book, and personally I think the book would have benefited from having the suspense element drag out a lot longer then it did.
So for the things that I did like about the book. Lia. I liked that she was a strong woman. She went through a horrible ordeal when she was in the army, and I was really impressed that after the charity she worked for was attacked, that she didn’t want to leave, that she wanted to rebuild and help continue to educate the underprivileged in the community that she has grown to love. I also liked that she was smart about the situation, I hate in books where the heroine doesn’t listen to the bodyguard, or doesn’t know when to listen to her gut and not do something, in this book, Lia is smart and thankfully does not fall under the whole “TSTL” category. I liked that Cav was so patient with Lia, that he tried to give her enough space. He knew when to push and when to pull back even without having to be told. But he also wasn’t one of those like super stoic silent type operators that so many of these military guys are portrayed as, I liked that he talked, and that he was a complex character with more than one side to him. He was just a good guy in general, and I really liked his backstory. I did think that Lia and Cav had a good working dynamic together, and they really did develop a bond, I wouldn’t say that their chemistry was super hot, but they definitely had a connection that was believable.
If you like romantic suspense, or if you already know and like the author, Lindsay McKenna’s work, then this might be a book you want to check out.
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