Intense suspense, brutal action, and slow-building romance; an explosive and entertaining start for a new series.
With an interesting twist of humanizing the villain and giving them nearly as much attention as the protagonists get, this story captured my attention. The timeframe is another intriguing factor, as marshal Nick McKenna has been guarding informant Lori Carpenter for a year but now they have fiery 24 hours to make it alive to the testimony.
The suspense and action are amazingly done, the action is savage and scary, the fight to stay alive is intense, nothing is guaranteed.
The marshals took some artistic liberties for the sake of the storyline, but nothing that dimmed the enjoyment of the tale. Nick was a complex hero, not the easiest to like. He considered the past year as a punishment for mixing personal and professional life before, his ex was still part of the team, and that was made into an issue at the beginning that was never solved in this book, probably coming up again later in the series, I am assuming, as the series cliffhanger at the end of this book gave me the impression the stories in this series are well entwined.
Lori and Nick had been getting to know each other over the past year while he was protecting her. I was mesmerized to find out how they could make this situation work for them in a long run, yet that solution was never presented to the readers, giving more of a happy-for-now moment that was suddenly interrupted as well...
An exciting and arresting start to a new series that promises to be filled with potent suspense and fervent action with a side of ardent romance.
~ Four Spoons
Juno Rushdan is a veteran Air Force Intelligence Officer who writes romantic thrillers with sizzle, pulse-pounding suspense, and plenty of action. Her stories are about strong heroes and gutsy heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after. Expect an intense emotional journey and a thrill ride to keep you turning the pages.
A native New Yorker, she currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her patient husband, two vivacious kids, and a spoiled rescue dog. Juno loves hanging out with readers and anyone friendly over a great glass of wine.