Abby is a product of a horribly abusive childhood. She is saved and trained by someone who turns her into a killing machine.
On a rescue mission to save Abby from one of her missions, Kane is part of an independent contracting team (mercenaries for hire). All ex-military, Navy, SEALs, etc. All gorgeous, sexy and alpha-males.
The book opens with Abby in a columbian prison. She is getting the crap beat out of her, but she is strong and has a bigger plan in mind.
Kane is on the team that rescues her and the romance blooms from there.
This is NOT a 'long walks in the park' romance, this is a gritty, we both have deep-rooted issues, gonna plow through our dark past to try to find some peace with each other, kind of romance.
On 'paper' this sounds kind of hokey and silly, but Elle Kennedy makes this interesting and somewhat realistic. I can believe that there is a sexy female killing machine; but it's funny how all the males in the mercenary team are ALL gorgeous. No fat ones that provide the comic relief, not face-mutilated ones, no plain-Joe ones. All hot. All sexy. Guess each one will get their own book?
This book has one or two steamy scenes, but they are not super hot and heavy. If you are looking for a book that is suspenseful, with action (military physical action), this is for you. If you are looking for a super romantic, heavy on the sex scene book - this is not for you.
I enjoyed reading the book because the plot moved along constantly at a great clip. The characters are all interesting in a very macho way. There are hints of various character vulnerabilities from the other supporting characters, so it is not completely testosterone, unbreakable, unfeeling males. You get a sense that they each are vulnerable in their own ways (some are laid out for you, some just a brief glimpse).
I loved that Abby was kick-ass. I love that the author keeps her strong throughout the book. She never turns into someone she isn't. She doesn't want to be vulnerable, but she does open up enough to let Kane knows that she is willing to risk being a partner with him because she loves him. But the author doesn't change the basic person: She is a killer. But she does have a decent sense of humor, she is working to be more trusting, but you can tell it's a long road ahead, she doesn't miraculously change her basic personality.
Kane didn't grab me as some of these macho alpha-males do. He seems to be a bit weak around Abby. He really chases after her a bit and you wonder where the attraction was that caused him to like her so much. If he doesn't do relationships - then why is he so enamored so quickly. It would have made more sense if they were stuck in situations where they were alone and the sexual tension would build more quickly and heavily. But as far as alpha-males go - he worked in this book, but he's not at the top of my 'hottie-with a gun' list.
In terms of the general plot, the author does a good job moving the story along. There are places where the description of a rescue needs to be described in detail - but it's done pretty quickly and painlessly. There is action (lots of action) and suspense as well. It keeps the reader interested.
Each character adds a twist to the story. Not everyone is in the same boat together - there is a character that flat out doesn't like Abby. It works.
I also like that not all the men are leering over Abby and salivating over her. Typically in these alpha-male books, the heroine is desired by all the men and they all fawn over her. Not here. That's refreshing.
Good plot. Kept me interested throughout
can be read as a stand alone.
Ending is a bit quick on the romance piece of things, but it worked.
HEA for the main H&h.
Tiny bit of steam. Minor, but Just enough.