by Julie Rowe
ABOUT THE BOOK:
As the nation's youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there's one thing she can't beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she's sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn't easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.
Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn't feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he's prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn't so determined to put them both in danger.
With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia's health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Deadly Strain, for it's focus on biological warfare. It reminded me of the books by Robin Cooke where biology goes amok. But I didn't relate to the romance in that book. I liked the characters, just not together. In contrast, I really enjoyed the relationship between the characters in this story, although I didn't like the heroine very much. I appreciate her courage, determinate and spunk, but I think she is very defensive about her condition and that makes her come across as whiny. However, I really liked Connor. Despite his quick-trigger temper, I enjoyed his protectiveness, loyalty, and big brother-vibe. Despite my reservation of Sophia, I thought Ms. Rowe did an excellent job in developing their relationship amidst the pursuit of a bio-terrorist intent on unleashing a bio-weapon on the world.
As the author's bio indicates, she comes from a medical background and it shows. However, it is presented in a clear manner that adds interest and credibility to the story, instead of detracting from it. I love learning new topics and love it even more when it is a part of a fantastic narrative.
Thank you to the author, Carina Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of an honest review. The opinions are my own and I was not paid for this review.