I find myself in a bit of a conundrum here.
I enjoyed the book. I did. Susan Stoker is one of my fav authors, I love her writing, her characters and the attention to detail she gives to each book. My issue here isn’t due to any of those things, it’s more that I was more intrigued...fascinated...by the baddie than I was when it came to Ryder and Felicity’s journey *Hangs head and sighs*
I know it happens and it’s not a ‘off with your head’ issue or anything, but typically when one is reading a romance novel said reader SHOULD be all about the main couple and not the psycho crazy who is making their lives a living hell...but that’s what we have going on here. With that said…
It is difficult to NOT fall in love with Ryder. He is all kinds of honorable, determined and honest, not only with himself, but with those around him. What I liked about him was that he walked into not one, but two situations that he had no idea how either would pan out, but took everything in stride and made it all work, one way or another. Felicity has thus far been the tough as nails woman with a heart of gold, but here we get to see behind the facade, and though she is tough ~ don’t ever doubt that, finding out why was heartbreaking and yet enlightening to finally see who she really was and have it reinforce what I’d already knew about her.
Their journey to their HEA is that weird combination of insta and slow burn. The insta really does happen instantly, but due to the circumstances things move slowly from that point and as they get to know each other it’s easy to see why they were drawn to one another. Ryder and Felicity were all kind of smexy, sweet and because each others shields, safe place to land and their greatest support system.
The baddie. It was hard to not find the guy fascinating. From his reason for going after Felicity in the first place and all that he did to get to her, it absolutely blew my mind. At one point I wanted to put him in a scientific study just to figure out where the wiring on the guy went haywire, that’s how cray cray he was and I fully admit that they tend to be the ones I gravitate towards.
It’s always easy to get lost in the books that the author writes and this one was no different. We do get to catch up with the Anderson triplets and their women, which was fun, but we also get to meet a whole new set of characters that will be getting their own little spin off series, and I for one cannot wait to get to know this crew better!
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Falling in love could expose a woman in hiding, in the fourth Ace Security novel from New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker.
Former mercenary Ryder Sinclair’s stunning discovery that he has three half brothers in Castle Rock, Colorado, is giving them all the chance to color in the spaces of their tragic pasts. For Ryder, establishing roots is made all the more desirable by Felicity Jones. But if Ryder’s instincts are correct, this breathtaking beauty is in trouble.
Castle Rock isn’t Felicity’s home. Like her false identity, it’s just a cover. All she wants is enough cash to keep moving to another temporary hideaway—to stay on the run from a secret that’s haunted her for years. As safe as Ryder’s strong embrace makes her feel, she fears that falling for him, and staying in Colorado, will put everyone she’s come to love in danger.
The more Ryder learns about Felicity, the more determined he is not to let her go. It’s time for her to stop running—even as a relentless danger closes in, threatening their love and their lives.
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.