When archaeologist Mara Garrett traveled to North Korea to retrieve the remains of GIs lost in combat, she never imagined she’d be arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. Her only hope is Curt Dominick, the powerful, ambitious, and infuriatingly sexy US attorney prosecuting her uncle, a former vice president of the United States.
What starts off as a rescue mission quickly morphs into a race across the Pacific. Someone is after Mara, and they’ll risk everything to stop her from reaching Washington DC. With betrayal around every corner, Curt and Mara have little reason to trust each other and every reason to deny the sparks between them that blaze hotter than the Hawaiian sun. Still, desire clashes with loyalty when they discover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives but the national security of the United States.
On the surface it is a seemingly simple exchange, but things get crazy when murders happen, a plane blows up, and people are betrayed. We have Rapture, a notorious private security contractor, involved and things get more and more complicated. The events keep the readers on their toes and left wondering, "what's next?"
The characters: I liked the chemistry between Mara and Curt. She's strong-willed, smart, and a bit of a girlie girl with her tendency to heroify the men in her life. I like that Curt is attracted to Mara for her quiet dignity, strength of character and resolve. The relationship evolves over the course of the book. Curt has a conflict of interest and the stakes are high in this relationship. The sexual tension of "will they/won't they" works in this situation given the context of all that is going on around them. I don't think it is a surprise to anyone that there is a HEA, but how they get there is engaging and kept me frantically turning pages.
There is a particular thrill in discovering a new author. I am so excited to have found Rachel Grant and look forward to reading all of her previous book and anything else she publishes in the future.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.