** Rescuing Rayne is the 1st book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings **
As a flight attendant, Rayne Jackson is used to cancellations, but she never dreamed her latest would lead to a whirlwind tour of London with a handsome stranger…or a life-altering night in his bed. One evening is all the enigmatic man can give her, and Rayne greedily takes it, despite suspecting it will never be enough.
Heading home after another extreme mission, Keane "Ghost" Bryson hadn't planned to seduce someone during his layover, but Rayne is too sweet to resist. Being a Delta Force member means lying to protect his identity, which is unfortunate, considering Rayne seems made for Ghost, right down to the tattoo on her back. For the first time in his life, regret fills him as he slips away the following morning.
Both are shocked when, months later, they meet again—under the worst possible circumstances. Seems fate has given them a second chance…if they can survive the terrorist situation they're in. If Rayne can forgive Ghost his lies. And if Ghost can trust Rayne to be strong enough to endure the secrets and uncertainty that come with loving a Delta Force soldier.
Rescuing Rayne is my first book by Susan Stoker and I really enjoyed it. It had just the right balance of sweet, sexy, suspense and angst throughout the story that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next.
Rayne is sweet, spunky and somewhat of a realist with a romantic heart and a touch of naiveté. She loves the idea of love, but knows that fairytale endings don’t always come true. But though she is sweet, she has a spine of steel. Ghost surprised me. He is a soldier to the core and has a sense of honor and duty that cannot be denied and though he is a true alpha male, he isn’t a domineering one. Yes, he has his moments of laying down the law, he is the team leader of his Delta Force unit, but it’s tempered by the knowledge that he is trying to take care of people and make sure that nothing happens to them.
I really liked how Rayne and Ghost meet and the time that the author gave them to get to know each other in the beginning. They didn’t just hit it and quite it. They spent time together and got to know each other, well kind of, but though Ghost had to lie, we still got to see who he is at his core and see that what was between them wasn’t only a physical attraction. There was more and gave me the feeling that if circumstances had been different these two people would be perfect for each other. So when they are thrown together once more due to a horrific situation, that feeling of fate intervening was there as was my desire to see them work through everything and end up together.
As with the first act of their relationship, the second was also well done. Both admitted and acknowledged that there was ‘something’ between them, but that the lies, though necessary at the time, were an obstacle but that they were willing to work through it to see if that ‘something’ really could be something more. There was a blip or two on that part of the journey, but they fought for each other and made it through. And as a little side note, I loved how the tattoo played into their relationship, it was a great touch!
The writing was engaging and well paced and I really like the author’s voice. I have to give the author props at how she presented and handled to hostage situation. She didn’t pussyfoot around it. We are given a realistic image so that we can understand the terror that those involved were going through without going overboard. The one issue I did have while reading the book was Rayne’s reaction to her brother, Chase, telling her to be careful while in Cairo especially with what she tells Ghost about being careful when they were in London. But, outside of that, I enjoyed the book and really want to know more about Ghosts teammates, especially Truck.
The Bottom Line: Great start to a new series! I’ll definitely be looking out for the next one as well as adding the rest of the ‘books to my TBR pile.
~ Review copy provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR LC in exchange for an honest review ~
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.