Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SUNNY - BLOG TOUR and ARC REVIEW: "Hart Attack" by Cristin Harber

Yesterday was the release day, but now we have a blog tour stop for you!
Thanks for stopping by to read our review and enter the GIVEAWAY!

Outside of Titan Group, there are few people that Roman Hart would die for. He’s a soldier, a protector, and he’s haunted that one of the people he should’ve been able to protect didn’t let him. That was years ago, and now a hardened heart and a cocky attitude are his impenetrable shields, until one woman—one challenge—drives him to distraction.

On the outside, Beth Tourne has it all. Luxury car, gorgeous condo, and a job partying with the rich and famous. It’s a plush CIA cover, but she wants more. Anything for an adrenaline rush that can override her guilty numbness and let her forget the tragedy she never saw coming.

Their scars make them perfect operatives. Their mirrored pasts give them deep, wounded reasons to stay alone. But the more they ignore the tension, the more vulnerable they become. Survival means trust. In one another, behind closed doors, and on the job. The only way they’re making it out alive is if they find peace while waging a war.

Roman Hart
Beth Tourne

For me, the Titan series is synonymous with high-octane action and steamy romance.  Cristin Harber delivers just that.  Roman Hart is a hard-ass in a team of over the top alpha males.  He unequivocally loves his family and is fiercely protective of the people he cares about. Beth Tourne is a CIA agent and former handler for Nicola, Roman’s sister.  We meet Beth through Nicola’s story in Garrison’s Creed. Beth caught my attention and I could not wait for this story. 

Both Beth and Roman are crippled by tragedies in their past that causes them to emotionally shut down.  They are both shells going through the motions of “getting things done” but never really living.  Beth is interested in furthering her career by becoming a field agent.  Unfortunately, her first opportunity to move into that direction comes with a dilemma – how far is she willing to go to get close to her target? She and Roman are just starting their dance, so this is the beginning of the challenges the must overcome.  Both are hiding behind their work, creating a freezing cold emotional state.   By getting together they must dig deep to melt away the protective layers and take a chance. As Beth states, “Love is an epic burden. But it wasn’t a death sentence.”

My biggest critique is that I didn’t particular like Roman. There were rare moments of lightness but more often, he is heavy and dark.  As a couple, I thought that Roman and Beth lacked balance.  Roman was too overpowering, too protective, too much, and that made him almost one-note. I wanted him to show more vulnerability, be softer around the edges, at least when he was with Beth. 

On a minor note, I was unsure of the role of “Montana.” He comes and goes without really making an impact.  Also, I really felt for Cash.  I’m surprised that he doesn’t have permanent brain damage for the amount of injures he endures.

In A Nutshell:

This is a fine romantic suspense, even though it’s not my favorite of the series. It has most of the right ingredients for an adventurous read.

Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author. Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.
She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.

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