A quiet, civilian life on Whidbey Island sounded great to navy lawyer Joy Alexander. But when navy SEAL-turned-FBI agent Brad Iverson shows up on her doorstep bruised and bleeding, she realizes it's not so easy to leave the past behind.
Even harder to forget are the feelings she once had for Brad.
Brad's on an undercover operation, one that's targeting potential terrorists…and unintentionally bringing danger to Joy.
They'll have to work together again, except this time it's not only justice they're after—it's survival.
If they make it that far, they won't waste a second chance at love.
Just when she thought a new peaceful life away from the military was about to start, an attempted terrorist attack happens right at her doorsteps, and the one person she cares most about, is in danger.
I liked both Joy and Brad, they have an obvious connection, they share the same interests, and they background is similar. The attraction between them has been simmering ever since they met, but with the military protocol, was impossible to act on. Now they are both civilian, but the life and death situation is not a great place to start a relationship. Because of that, there was a lot of back and forth - I want you, but can't have you, type of thinking.
The characters were well thought out, they had depth, and honesty about them. They were not perfect by any sense, and therefore more real and solid.
The terrorist plot, the danger they were in was substantial. There wasn't that much action, but a lot theories, suspicion, and conspiracy. The tensions rise as the theories are examined. Some of the twists in the plot seemed too far out, and the evidence seemed to be found out of nothing, on a very thin base.
There was a secondary love interest between Joy's best friend, Emily, and Ben. I didn't really understand what was the purpose to share their story with Brad and Joy. It seemed more like a filler.
The story was well detailed with the military protocol, missions, and functions. The research and fight against terrorist Joy and Brad did is commendable and dedicated. The feelings for they have for each other are palpable, but it takes work, and deadly fear, for them to understand the depth of those feelings. Intriguing story, with passion for life, the work they do, and for each other
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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