By Kaylea Cross

Hostage Rescue Team series, book 5

Category: Contemporary Romance

 Overall Rating: 4.3

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

Book Description: Taya Kostas is a survivor. She’s clawed her way back from the hell she was subjected to at the hands of an undercover agent working for the U.S. government. Since then she’s dedicated her life to preventing the same from happening to anyone else. Now her story has come full circle. She’s about to take the stand as the key federal witness in the biggest terrorist case the country has seen in years. But even though the man responsible for her nightmares is behind bars, the evil she escaped is still hunting her. When fate places her safety in the hands of the man who saved her life once before, together they race to stay one step ahead of a lethal enemy.

He’ll risk it all to save her.

For five years Special Agent Nathan Schroder has been battling his inner demons, but lately it seems like he’s on the verge of losing that fight. Then Taya is suddenly thrust back into his life and in imminent danger, so he steps in to protect her. He’s never forgotten her or the way she held up under fire, and this time he’s not letting her walk away. The terrorists determined to prevent her from testifying will stop at nothing to silence her forever. She might be in official protective custody, but she’s way more than a job to Nate. When the enemy finally strikes and her life hangs in the balance, he’ll do anything to keep her safe.  

 Captivation:  Just… great!  Wow.  What a fascinating back-story and developed story!  This one’s truly one of my favorites!

Sizzle: The intimate scenes in this book are well written, but, for me, not the main focus of this book.  Where the others in the series (so far) do focus a great deal on sex and the physical relationship, the story and relationship development are the clinchers in this book.  Let’s be honest, though, this is, after all, a romance.  There are most certainly some well-written sizzling scenes.

Romance:   Really great story!  Cross does a fantastic job revisiting the historical events that impact both of the main characters and defining their initial relationship as well as the development of the relationship plot in this story.

Enjoyment:  I love this book!  The characters are both absolutely fascinating, and Cross does a truly fantastic job writing and developing them.

Literacy:  I found a few standard errors, but not many, and none that distracted me from continuing the book.

Overall, What a great book!  This is truly one of my favorites, not just of the series, but in the genre as a whole.  This book is a great recommendation for anyone looking for a great, spine-tingling and suspenseful romance.

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