Out of all the stone-cold mercenaries in Jim Morgan's black ops organization, Derek “D” Pratt is the most intimidating. He is tight-lipped and covered in tattoos, and even the other guys on his team are afraid to ask him about his past. D’s been off the grid for years, but after his teammate Sullivan is mistakenly captured in his place, D is forced to come out of hiding and face his demons.
When D lands in Mexico, he’s ready to risk everything to save his friend. To complicate matters, Sofia Amaro, a feisty doctor whom D had a one-night stand with months ago, has tracked him down. And in an instant she’s unintentionally caught up in his life-threatening rescue mission.
Now D must extract not one but two people from the most violent world he's ever encountered. And one of them is carrying his child...
I’m just going to be straight here… I NEVER Loved D. He always was so abrasive and rude and just absolutely not the guy I find myself falling for in these kinds of books. So to say I was a little hesitant to read this book would be an understatement.
But how on earth am I supposed to resist an early copy of an Elle Kennedy book? Much less one from this series? The answer obviously is that I couldn’t.
If you’ve read the other books in this series, you know Derek has secrets. Secrets about who he used to be, secrets about when he was younger and secrets about the things he has done in his life. He connects with no one on any kind of level, instead keeping that lone wolf persona tightly in place, even sex is impersonal and lacking any kind of feeling.
When one of Derek’s teammates ends up missing, and a clue to where he might be and why points him to his past he’s bound and determined to get Sullivan out, even if it’s going to cost him his life. What he doesn’t count on is Sofia. The team’s unofficial doctor who he had a one night stand with months ago. And he certainly doesn’t expect her to tell him that he’s going to be a father. When she gets dragged into the mission he has no choice but to do everything he can to make sure she and the baby make it out alive.
I have to tell you that Kennedy does an amazing job of weaving these stories. While this is definitely Derek’s book, we also gets bits and pieces of the periphery stories… the books that (I HOPE) are coming up soon. (Cough SULLY & LIAM )
Of course Kennedy can write amazingly sexy and steamy scenes and we definitely get them here, but we also get something unexpected because we get to see a side to Derek that I never in a million years expected… a somewhat soft, awkward and sweet guy. I KNOW… can you believe it. It was seriously so wonderful to see him connect with someone and actually let someone in and admit that Sofia and this team of guys that he works with actually mean more to him then he’d ever let on in the past.
So there you have it… I’m totally Team Derek, though I still think book 5 is probably my favorite, this one is definitely a close second. I’m impatiently waiting to see who we get to learn more about next and if you haven’t started this series, I can’t tell you enough to dive in and give it a chance.
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.