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Published by Penguin on April 25th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.
When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.
As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.
Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach...but first they have to make it home alive.
I honestly was worried… how would Elle Kennedy give us the two full stories in one book and make them as amazing as the previous seven books in this series? I honestly didn’t think it was possible.
Consider me wrong.
I have been waiting since I started this series to get Liam and Sully’s story so when I found out it would also be Ash and Cate’s story, I felt slightly cheated. Like why can’t we just get two more books? But all my worries were mostly for nothing.
Cate, Jim’s daughter, has been living in a protective bubble for all of her life, and her father is determined to keep her safe, and if that means sending her away to college (whether she wanted to go or not) then that’s what he’ll do… and it also means his men, especially Ash, are off-limits. Jim’s the only person who ever gave Ash a second chance, and no matter how he feels about Cate, he can’t forget the debt he owes him… not even for the woman he loves and a chance at happiness.
Sully and Liam haven’t spoken in years… parting barely as friends they both have tried to move on. When the full team is called together the tension between them is thick, but when things come to a head, neither can deny their attraction… and yes love for each other, but the demons they are both fighting could be more than they can overcome.
With Jim critically wounded, the team must join forces and put emotions aside to protect not only Cate, but their entire families. With emotions running high, Cate & Ash, and Liam & Sully need to do whatever it takes to take out the Cartel leader who is determined to get his revenge while not letting the issues between them cause any distractions in order to make it out alive.
While I really liked Ash & Cate, I wasn’t really here for their story… maybe that’s not entirely true, but seriously I was waiting forever for Sully & Liam and I felt like this full book should have been theirs. I thought Kennedy did a great job of giving us the two stories, but if I’m being honest, I felt like Sully and Liam got cheated a bit here. I kind of feel like their story took a backseat to Cate & Ash. Now don’t get me wrong, both are wonderfully developed, but I just feel like Sully & Liam were a secondary story that we didn’t get as much of. Also… while I adored the ending for them, it felt so incredibly rushed. I wanted more!
As always though, Kennedy does an amazing job with the action in these books and of course it’s super steamy! I think Kennedy does a really great job of balancing both the suspense and action with the sex and romance!
There were times that Cate kind of bothered me… quite often she came off as a young girl just whining to be trusted as part of the team and yet did nothing to prove that she could be trusted to be a part of the team. I completely understood her desires so that wasn’t the problem, I think she just went about things the wrong way and as a reader that was slightly irritating. I did really love that there was a slight parallel for Cate/Ash to Noelle/Jim, and how they both kind of came to a realization about it.
So yeah, overall, a great addition to the series. Yes I wanted separate books, but Kennedy did a pretty great job of making this work. If you are a fan of steamy, romantic suspense, do not miss this series. I’m sad it’s over, but very excited for whatever Elle Kennedy is writing next!
Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.