By Kaylea Cross

Hostage Rescue Team series, book 2

Category: Contemporary Romance

 Overall Rating: 4

  • Captivation: 4
  • Sizzle: 4.5
  • Romance: 3.5
  • Enjoyment: 4
  • Literacy: 4

Book Description: They were partners once
After an attack on the job that nearly killed her, Special Agent Celida Morales is determined to salvage her reputation in the FBI and get back to the career she loves. Domestic terrorism has left its mark on her—literally—and now she’s more determined than ever to leave her mark on it. But when a hostage situation takes an unexpected turn she’s confronted with the realization that she may not only lose the hostages, but also the only man she’s lost her heart to.

To be together now, this time they’ll have to risk it all
Hostage Rescue Team assault team leader Brad Tucker has always wanted Celida but professional conduct and her unwillingness to commit stood in the way. For more than a year he’s been juggling the increasing demands of his job and personal life, but after Celida was almost killed, none of those reasons matter anymore. Tuck knows it’s time to claim her and he’s ready to lay it all on the line. Then an op turns deadly and it’s a race to bring down a well-trained enemy bent on settling an old score, a man who doesn’t care how many innocent people get in his way.

Captivation:  Good book.  I liked the first book in the series better, but this wasn’t far behind.

Sizzle: Great descriptive scenes!

Romance:  The romance relationship story in this one was missing the main characters historical development.  There is a hint of a past conflict indicating that the characters were no longer friends, but there is no real resolution or discussion further other than they lost touch on purpose.  There was plenty of room to build on this storyline, but it’s just forgotten after the initial mentions.

Enjoyment: I liked this book, but feel there could have been more development to the relationship.  The suspenseful plot was resolved too quickly and the whole book felt just a little rushed.

 Literacy:  Caught several contradictory comments, where the author would write one description, but then a few paragraphs later change it.  Seems like an edit change but they forgot to check the remaining related comments after.

Overall, This book had fantastic sizzle, a good thrilling plot; but lacked in the relationship development.  I like the story, but it could have been better.

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