Jennifer reviewed this book for the RITA® Reader Challenge, which finaled in the Romantic Suspense category.
Plot Summary: It’s been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he’s received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.
And here, in convenient list formation, is Jennifer’s review:
1. The characters are human.
2. The emotion is real.
3. The reasons behind the characters actions make sense and don’t seem forced.
4. The author manages to introduce and grow a big cast of characters in a fairly short book. While many are still archetypical they do begin to get some depth by the end of the story.
5. The writing is well done and it reads very quickly.
6. At the end the author doesn’t wave a magic wand and say that everything is fixed. This gives the characters a little more depth for the next story.
1. Some of the situations are a bit far fetched.
2. Some of the characters start out archetypical (some stay archetypical).
3. There is a LOT of setup of the next few books in the series.
At times, I wanted to either hug Ethan or slap him upside his head. I really thought Rachel would be a weak needy woman. Instead, she was strong and intelligent. I was really rooting for her to remember her life and get away from the bad guys. Ethan’s brothers and parents are a strong family unit that is believable. I even liked that the parents “adopted” Rusty after she broke into their house. In fact, I am very excited that Rusty will eventually get her own story. If you are looking for a good contemporary, military romance, then this is a great book to add to your list.