I really enjoyed this book. It started a bit slow, but once it took off, it TOOK OFF! It pushed all my buttons as far as thrillers go. Lots of action, interesting characters, and a story that unwound at just the right pace to keep me interested.
The cast of characters is multi-racial, and the main characters are Sam (white) and Alyssa (biracial black and white). I enjoyed reading the thriller portions as much as I did getting to know the characters and reading about their love lives. There were a lot of characters, but it wasn't overwhelming. Brockmann allotted time to each of them, devoting sections or chapters to each of their POVs, which I enjoyed. I feel like I really got to know them all.
I loved Jules! He's funny, smart, and loyal. Max...what a complicated man. I wouldn't mind reading his and Gina's love story. I had a grin on my face when Kelly showed up in that wedding dress to marry Tom.
Sam and Alyssa were great. Alyssa gave Sam hell at first, as she should, because he broke her heart a few years back when he married another woman. He eviscerated her (her words). I could almost hear the pain in her voice. For his part, Sam was sufficiently contrite, loved her, and worked hard to win her back, while at the same time trying to find his missing ex-wife and daughter.
Seals have to go through rigorous training to ensure they can withstand extreme emotional, psychological, and physical stress. So I was surprised by the amount of crying, tearing up, and fainting (?!) in the book--and these were the male characters! That's my only complaint. Otherwise, it was a really good book.