My Review: This book was so good! I've never read Rita Henuber before, but I think I have a new favorite to add to my Romantic Suspense authors list. W...moreMy Review: This book was so good! I've never read Rita Henuber before, but I think I have a new favorite to add to my Romantic Suspense authors list. What really set this book apart though was just how different it was written.
I don't think I have EVER read a heroine as flat-out tough as Honey. Wow, this girl can kick butt and take names....and not just physically, either. She's smart and in-your-face and completely loyal to her ideals and her team and those that she's fighting for. She's a Marine Major who works in the spec ops/investigations branch of the Marines. The book opens with her and her team on a rescue mission in Afghanistan and the entire suspense line is built up around that rescue and why those girls were kidnapped. The suspense line is incredible as it weaves in and out of political quagmire. I never knew which way it was going to go, but all of it was high flying adrenaline inducing which made it so much fun to read.
Off the page for the first half of the book (for the most part) is Jack. Jack and Honey have been involved in an affair for quite a while, but somehow he and his family are caught up in Honey's investigation and his brother and wife were murdered because of it. For the first 45% of the book, you get glimpses of Jack and hints at how he plays into all this, but not much. And he and Honey are not on the page at all until that 45% point. As a result, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up the prequel novella, No Holding Back: How Honey Met Jack...just so you can get a full understanding of the nature of their relationship. (It's a hot, sexy little read.)
Jack and Honey have both worked covert ops for quite a while. As a result, when their professional lives coincidentally collide, neither trusts each other or that coincidence. It's hard for people in this line of work to trust especially when their emotions are involved.
Everything about this book worked for me. I loved Honey and her convictions. I loved Jack and his vulnerability and hurt through the loss of his family. I loved Honey's team who stand behind her no matter what. And I loved Kara, Honey's niece, who looks to be following in her Aunt's footsteps. Everything from the back stories to the suspense story line was so expertly woven, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book.
I highly recommend this book for rom. suspense readers. Expect something a little bit different, but for me those differences worked. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. (less)
My Review: B+ rating Whoa, this book was so creative. I am completely blown away by just how much there was to this story.
There's the whole backstory to...moreMy Review: B+ rating Whoa, this book was so creative. I am completely blown away by just how much there was to this story.
There's the whole backstory to the Immortals that served with Beowulf. Wulf is just one of them and he serves now with a spec ops team in Afghanistan. He's the only immortal on this team and they work hard to protect his secret...mainly because he's saved them all so many times. It's a serious advantage to have a guy on a team like this who can't be killed. Can you imagine? We only actually meet a couple of other of the immortals in this book although obviously with the series, they are all going to come out.
There's the romance between Wulf and Theresa. In a normal world, their relationship is forbidden. She's an officer, he's enlisted....no fraternization is supposed to take place between the two. But there's also the fact that she comes from a Jersey mob-boss family. She wants nothing in the world, but to be normal. That is NOT Wulf's world. There's also the added complication of the fact he's 1500 years old and only looks 28. Yeah, she's not immortal....that's not going to work long term.
Wulf's world is NOT easy. Regardless of the whole immortal thing, he and the spec ops team are delving into highly dangerous things that are happening in the dark corners of Afghanistan featuring drugs and government contractors. Someone doesn't want them to find anything else about what's going on and everyone, but especially it seems Theresa, is at risk.
This book's story travels the world as they run to uncover the mysteries of what is going on. From the sandswept slopes of Afghanistan, to the sewers in Italy, to medieval castles in Denmark, to the suburbs of NYC, Theresa and Wulf definitely cover the globe as they search for answers. The book delved into the depths of the Beowulf story which I haven't thought about since high school English and was a great intro into this incredible world.
I loved that Wulf is a soldier. But even more than that, this is a man who has lived so long, he's really become a solitary figure. But that changed when he joined the spec ops team. I loved their bond and how for the first time in a long time, Wulf has found a place he belongs. In contrast, he also has a brother who's an immortal too, but they do not see eye to eye and have grown WAY apart. Something happened to his brother in this book that is going to leave lasting repercussions for all the immortals and I can't wait to see how that plays out. It also plays into Theresa's job as a doctor. I was completely fascinated by that whole aspect of the story and can't wait to see what happens from here.
Like I said, this was a great new start to a new world. It's paranormal, but set in the modern world and I loved that. I can't wait to read more from this author. She tells me there is a novella coming in Oct, 2014 featuring one of the characters from Wulf's spec ops team (not paranormal...although Wulf and Theresa will make an appearance) and then the next full-length paranormal of the Immortal Vikings (book #2) will be out in Jan, 2015. I can't wait!(less)
My Review: I'll admit, I bought this book because I was debating whether or not I wanted to review Point of No Return and this is a prequel novella. Sh...moreMy Review: I'll admit, I bought this book because I was debating whether or not I wanted to review Point of No Return and this is a prequel novella. Short answer...I accepted the book for review because I did enjoy this one. It's a short, sexy little novella about how Honey and Jack originally hooked up. Honey is a Major in the Marines and she's a girl who knows what she wants... no ifs, ands, or buts about it. And when she saw Jack, he worked. She was definitely the aggressor when their relationship began and sparks flew which Jack was completely okay with.
If you don't like a strong, confident heroine who's extremely sexually aggressive, then there's a chance you won't like this book. I'm normally that person, but for some reason Honey worked for me. She's a female in the man's world of the military and I loved how in-your-face she was in this book. Seriously, a kickass character and I look forward to seeing her do more than just romp in the bedroom...although I did enjoy her sexy times with Jack, too. I know that the story line in the book is that it looks like Honey and Jack are on opposite sides. I'm anxious to delve into it and see how things have evolved for the two of them since the end of the novella. (less)
This story was filled with emotional angst and turmoil and I loved every minute of it. Jessica Scott is truly queen of writing tortured soul...moreMy Review:
This story was filled with emotional angst and turmoil and I loved every minute of it. Jessica Scott is truly queen of writing tortured souls.
In this story we meet Captain Ben Teague and Major Olivia Hale. The entire Brigade command structure has been replaced and they are two of the people who now have to sort back out the mess left by the last group of leadership. Ben is the reluctant commander and Olivia is the determined lawyer. Throughout the story so many times they seemed to be at crossed goals, but honestly, both of them are just trying and slogging to try to do the best for their people. They both care...maybe, just a tad too much in this harsh environment where nothing is easy.
I love reading this series from Jessica Scott and this book in particular was so well-done. Ben and Olivia are both dealing with a ton...stress, ghosts of their own mental issues, not sleeping, lives on the line, and a ton of pressure to get the job done and done correctly. Many times in the military the regulations don't allow for a human grey areas...there are aspects of these soldiers lives that make things at home so difficult...most of those stem from being in the war zone. That's not something that's easy to recover from and every man deals with that stress differently. But that's a sacrifice that each of them have made for the American people...to go over and fight and get shot at and get blown up. They deserve some second chances because of that. Sometimes the rules simply don't allow for that. In this book, that puts Ben and Olivia at a crossroads. She's the legal aspect and advises Ben on how to proceed when things get out of control...and they get out of control a lot.
As a writer and a reader, I marvel at Jessica Scott's ability to create such incredibly vulnerable, but still such strong characters. She created two of those characters in this book. I fell in love with both Olivia and Ben while my heart hurt for them. I loved getting to read their story and find their way to each other and through this really tough career that they've both found themselves in. It was an incredible book. There are truly some tough issues delved into within it, but it never felt too heavy to me. I just never wanted to stop reading it. Another great one from this incredible series by Jessica Scott.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. (less)