British SAS soldier, Ty Dempsey, is on a mission to hunt down an infamous Russian terrorist in a remote region of Afghanistan. Dempsey hasn’t failed a mission yet, but when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian, he is forced to choose between duty and his heart. He risks everything to save the determined, prickly woman he’s fallen for, but in doing so sparks a deadly series of events that threaten to expose the most successful spy in history. A spy who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.
The two main characters are smart, strong-willed, and admirable. Each has a underlying strength of purpose to serve and protect so this attraction comes as a surprise. Neither is expecting the growing, sizzling attraction:
"Somehow--inconceivably--he'd bonded with this fiercely independent woman. They'd become partners in survival, and those feelings merged with desire in his head to create something mind-blowingly complex and yet utterly simple."
Both characters are married to their jobs and have shunned personal relationships as too risky and unwanted. This reluctant past serves to drive up the sexual tension between them:
"He didn't know the last time he'd wanted a woman like this. Like his brain was going to explode if he didn't have here, right her, right now. It was heart-pounding, skin-scorching, soul-blasting kiss, and he didn't wan't it to end."
I particularly liked the change of pace from American bred special op characters to the British SAS. The team has a slightly different flavor and I appreciated the backstory of Ty's Irish background. Through Axelle's work, I enjoyed learning about wildlife preservation and the benefits and drawbacks of endangered species study and protection.
IN A NUTSHELL:
This is a smart story. This is a sexy story. This is a well written story. This is one of my favorite romantic suspense stories I've read all year. I wish there was more!
Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.