In their race for the truth, love must prove more powerful than America's worst enemy…
When a gorgeous, bleeding woman on the run falls into the arms of Sean "Metal" O'Brien, the former SEAL medic knows just what he can do. Heal her. Tend to her. Keep her safe.
What he can't seem to do is keep his guard up. Something about the haunted, hunted beauty knocks down all his defenses.
Felicity Ward is no stranger to secrets. Raised in the Witness Protection Program, her whole childhood was a lie. But she couldn't have known that her family's secrets—secrets she didn't even know she was keeping—could spark a nuclear war.
And nothing could have prepared her for the tough, sexy warrior who first saves her life and then vows to protect it, no matter what.
*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: 1/19/15 ***
I was utterly invested in this book. It didn’t matter that not only was this the first book in the series that I had read, but the first ever by the author, I found this book to be fun, have a well thought out plot and characters that I felt a connection to and liked, if not loved just a little.
Both Felicity and Metal aka Sean, were a delightful surprise in more ways than one. Felicity has lived her life some what isolated from the world due to growing up in the Witness Protection program and by her own admission is more comfortable with computers than with people, but despite her love of being that nerd/geek girl extraordinaire, something that I absolutely loved about her, she doesn’t fit the stereotypical model of a geek. While she readily admits that she isn’t adept at picking up emotional cues from others, she is a compassionate, quick witted, funny woman who is open, honest and falls on the tactful side of blunt and I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she didn’t bring a whole lot of angsty drama to the table. The other aspect of Felicity that I liked was how she knew she was smart, off the charts smart, but she never made a big deal about it, nor use it as a means to gain attention. She utilized it in order to help with whatever needed to get done. Metal, aka Sean, for all his exterior badassness and gruff appearance with a healthy dose of Alpha male without being an asshole was an absolute sweet heart. The man could seal up a knife wound, carry a woman wherever she wanted, and I supposed didn’t, want to go and then whip up a gourmet meal out of his little pinky. I mean what woman wouldn’t love a guy like him? Combine all that with his awareness of how he could affect people and the measures he took to ensure that Felicity knew she was safe and could trust him, while showing her that he would protect her at all costs made for a very potent package.
Together, Metal and Felicity are a great couple, mostly because they not only communicate well with each other, but genuinely admire each others abilities instead of being intimidated by them. In some cases this could fall under the ‘too good to be true’ realm, but based on the lives they’ve both lived up to the time that they meet, it makes perfect sense because they’ve both had to assess situations and people quickly and trust in their gut. Their budding romance moved at a good pace and it was fun to watch them get to know each other and chemistry between them was hot!
The overall story was interesting and well written. The pace was good, though there were parts where I felt it dragged a little, but they were necessary to the plot and had the author rushed through them it would have left a few holes in the story.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and will be adding the prior books in the series to my TBR pile as well as any future books.
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