I’m reading this series with a Goodreads group. It’s a spinoff of the Titanium Security series we recently completed. I will be posting reviews every month as we read each book.
Special Agent Ethan Cruz is back in his hometown with his HRT members, partly for training but primarily to prepare for an operation to take down the enforcers of a dangerous drug czar who is awaiting trial. While there, he sees Marisol Lorenzo, his childhood friend who always had a crush on him and is now an Assistant U. S. Attorney out of the Miami office. She’s overseeing the trial and he’s worried for her security, feeling that Marisol may be unprepared for how brutal this man can be. However, she’s no longer the young kid he left behind, but a beautiful and capable woman handling a major case assignment.
I really enjoyed seeing Ethan in his element, amongst his family and hometown friends, as it gave him more layers and dimensions. It was wonderful to continue to see diversity in these stories. Marisol’s story was also enjoyable as her relationship with Ethan evolved from an adolescent adoration to an adult romance. Even though he was, at times, much too protective, his instincts were right on target. The threats were real and the level of danger the highest. I loved getting the point of view of the assassin as his was not your typical story, challenging my own thinking about him.
This was a really good story, though a bit of a slow start for me, but once it got going, I was hooked. There is a big surprise that came during the highly climactic ending that very much caught me off guard. And, I don’t think it’s fully resolved but I could be wrong (not!). It was exciting with a really good romance.
- Release Date: September 8, 2015
- Series: Hostage Rescue Team #6
- Page Numbers: 296
- Publisher: Self
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