She thought her past was behind her.
After nearly dying at the hands of a madman in New Orleans a year ago, Zoe Renard has worked hard to put that trauma behind her and move on. With her man at her side she’s focused on her writing career and building a future together. Things are almost perfect between them, until a series of shocking events turns her world upside down again. An unforeseen threat is looming, and it’s more lethal than anyone realizes. Only this time, hers isn’t the only life at stake.
But the nightmare isn’t over yet.
HRT member Clay Bauer never expected to fall in love again, but what he has with Zoe is better than anything he ever could have imagined. After what happened to her in New Orleans he’s ever vigilant about her safety, so when a new threat emerges he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe. But even a former SEAL can’t protect her from an enemy he can’t see coming. And by the time he realizes the true extent of the danger, it may be too late for them all.
Riveting tension and spellbinding action with fear palpable in the air. A story that left me once again completely hooked on Kaylea Cross's tales and the world of the HRT.
I thought the ready-made commitment and love couldn't hold the intensity to carry the book, I thought there couldn't be a conflict that monumental that could make the tale 'interesting'. I thought lots of things, and with this story, they were mostly wrong. Even though it took a moment to get the story rolling, it did build the energy and power and enthusiasm that I have grown to expect from the author.
Zoe and Clay were amazing in their first book, and they were able to outdo themselves in the second one. The passion, the adoration, the tenderness, and love is there. Yet there are doubts, questions, and even distrust that muddle the waters and causes friction. The loving is explicit and detailed as they show their passion to each other, the language at times rough as their express their thoughts and feelings.
The action is vehement and fast. I felt that it was mostly left in the background of the story as the issues between Zoe and Clay were dealt with amongst the life events for the team members. The team gets a lot of scene time on this novella and are an important part of the plot development. Yet the battle against the stalker brought the tension up quickly and got the heart raising insanely as they were fighting the lethal battle.
The ending provides a surprise for the followers of the series in a form of teaser of things that might come in the future. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, since it didn't leave this tale to hang, but there are interesting developments ahead for the HRT if the author follows that tidbit of a plot twist.
This story didn't only feel shorter and lighter in contents as the previous ones, it was indeed that in pages as well. I have noticed the trend of writing shorter books while the price stays the same as full-length ones, or even higher in some cases. This is not something that affected my rating of this title, just a note that I hope the author is not going to follow that path I have seen some other authors to take. Kaylea Cross has been in my top five favorite authors for a long time, and I hope she will keep writing those highly emotional, full impact, action and danger riddled full-length novels that I love.
The HRT is filled with strong, protective, loyal, take charge alpha males who are willing to do anything to keep the country and their loved ones safe. They love fiercely, they are loyal, trustworthy and true to their partners in life and to each other. Their women are capable, strong, and true equals to them.
Alluring and entertaining addition to the series where Zoe and Clay are tackling with the future of their relationship, filled with devotion and adoration, yet some questions and doubts arise just as the threatening stalker who has been hassling Zoe on her website, turns out to be so much more than anyone expected.
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me