Let me just start out by saying that Callie Croix writes some hot hot stuff. This is absolutely no exception.
A little plot with a lot (and I mean a lot) of ‘naughty’ stuff can work. It really can. This sort of worked for me. Like in the way that I enjoyed it, but I kept thinking that either there was too much plot or there was too much smut but I couldn’t decide which. LOL
Reid Galvin is a Navy SEAL and he’s returned from a mission where a lot of lives were lost. But before this job he had met Becca Anderson, and the connection they formed was incredible. But he cut off all contact with her while he was deployed and she assumes it meant more to her than it did for him. She’s wrong of course, he can’t stop thinking about her and a certain email she sent him. So when he returns home he calls her only to interrupt a date.
So this is where it gets all kind of oddly too much plot or whatever. See Becca and her coworker have uncovered something in an encrypted file at work … a file that could bring the whole company down and someone very important with it. Apparently that someone doesn’t want to take any chances and so begins the suspense part of the story. I felt like this was halfheartedly done… like the intent was to add a bit of depth to the smut, but I think it missed its mark a bit and it came across as almost an afterthought. I mean, is the story about the people who are after her, or is it about Reid making her fantasies and desires come true? I think that this short story tried to take on too much and might have been a bit more successful by choosing just one to focus on. (cough cough her email cough cough)
Especially after the pages and pages of s-e-x. Which mind you, was well-written other than a few phrases that I cringed about. (Labia and channel were used… just warning you)
I didn’t love nor did I hate the two main characters… I guess nothing about them really grabbed me and pulled me in or invested me in them. They were just part of the story for me. The chemistry between them was definitely there though.
The cover – meh. Reid is a Navy SEAL and the closer I look at hat dude it looks like he has longish hair and blah… Being a SEAL is a huge part of his life and I get wanting a sexy sexy cover, but I think something different might have worked better.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick read – something hot, and steamy with plot that really doesn’t impact the story much this might be a good fit for you.
Thank you to Netgalley and Carina Press for the early copy for review.