Published By: Broken Arm Publishing LTD
Release Date: December 26th, 2015
Being an agent revoked her license to love . . . until she met the man sent to kill her.
Jesse Evans’ most recent mission turns deadly when Colombian mercenaries ambush her and her informant. She races across the jungle to warn the Special Ops team she sent to save an American Senator's young daughter, but arrives just as the team is slaughtered by drug runners.
Within the hour, branded as the traitor who leaked the mission intelligence, Jesse Evans is now the most wanted woman in the world. She must prove she didn’t sell out the team or her sister dies. Only one man can save them both, but that man isn’t who Jesse thinks he is…and she can't afford to fall in love with him.
The description intrigued me with it’s promise of action, adventure, intrigue and romance and since I’ve never read anything by the author I decided to give it a go and found that while I liked how I was immediately thrust into the action and enjoyed being along for the ride as Jesse worked to prove she wasn’t a traitor the romance element of the story was overshadowed by everything else going on in the story.
I liked Jesse from the start. She’s a badass and kickass recon specialist, highly intelligent if not a bit impetuous, and highly motivated to clear her name and bring down the man who labeled her a traitor. While it may seem that she is doing all of this for herself, the real reason is to protect her sister and ensure her well being. Cole is something of an enigma for the mass majority of the story. He is obviously a highly trained operative, but the question of who’s side he truly is on is always floating around him. But regardless of his motives, he does do quite a few things that paint him as a good guy no matter where his loyalties lay.
With all that was going on in the story and the constant trust issues between Jesse and Cole , the romance side of things just never manifested itself enough to really make an impact on me. I could see why they’d be attracted to each other based on the fact that they are both operatives and regardless of the situation that threw them together had a strong moral code, but since they never truly got to know each other outside of information they got off of each other files I never felt that there was a deep enough connection to push them out of the physical attraction realm to a steady relationship.
Though the romance was iffy for me the rest of the story had me on the edge of my seat. From the very start you are thrust into the thick of things with Jesse and that anxious feeling never dissipates, even when things slow down a bit. There was always a situation where things could go sideways or someone wasn’t all that they appeared to be. The action scenes were quite descriptive and though the twists and turns were numerous, there were well done and thought out so that at the end they were tied up nicely.
The Bottom Line: Though the romance between the characters didn’t get my temperature rising, the rest of the story definitely held my attention until the very end.
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast. Evan has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and Shawn is a small business owner. Their collaboration began on a lark with the post WWII film noir story The Pickle My Little Friend, and has evolved into nearly a dozen works, which includes their new series The Phenom League, and Daphne Du Maurier winner the romantic thriller For His Eyes Only.