Release Date: 4/28
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Anna Key Marshall is about to get what she’s always wanted: a baby. Granted, it’s through a sperm donor instead of her ex-husband, but you can’t have everything. She has no idea why someone wants her dead, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her unborn child—even if it means turning to her ex, the Black Ops specialist who broke her heart.
Five years ago, British Intelligence agent Nick Marshall slammed the door on the woman who betrayed him. But now Anna’s back in his life with a vengeance, pregnant and full of attitude. He’d like nothing better than to walk away, but with her life on the line, he has no choice but to do what he does best—protect her at all costs.
As old wounds resurface, Nick begins to doubt his version of what went down with Anna so long ago. And he begins to believe they might have a second chance together. But with Anna’s would-be killer on the loose—it will take the full force and fury of his protective instincts, fueled by a powerful love he can’t leave behind, to hold on to the woman he still loves.
Tagline: Love hurts.
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I have to admit that this is kinda hard for me to review. Overall, I loved the book. It was one heck of ride. Bombs, bullets, on the run…everything that I love in romantic suspense but honestly Anna left me a little cold. Let me explain.
Ms. Black uses the reunited lovers trope extremely well. Divorced couple that inadvertently gets thrown back together and they have to figure out how their new situation is going to play out. Loved it. But Anna at times was too stupid. Yes, she was trying to protect her unborn child and having to deal with Nick and his heavy-handed ways was difficult but she had complete blinders on. When the truth finally came out about why they divorced and the circumstances that led up to that, my heart truly broke for them. Growing up in foster care together brought them together as friends, then lovers and then married/divorced. I honestly didn’t see the growth in her character that I had expected. She was constantly fighting or screaming at Nick for all the wrong reasons. In her mind it made sense but this reader, I just wanted her to stop.
On the other hand…I’m claiming Nick! Sorry peeps! He’s mine and I’m not sharing. Talk about a tortured, super flawed hero. From his childhood that was abusive, to his hired killer work to being married to Anna, his story flowed from the start. I “got” him and all of his quirks and thoughts. He never truly believed that he was worthy of love from anyone. While heavy-handed at times, he knew what he was doing and doing what he thought best for Anna and the child. Did I agree with everything he did? No but neither did he. So focused was his mission that at times he forgot about the big picture. The growth of his character is off the charts. At the end of the book, I truly was sighing at how much he had grown. Anna still has a ways to go.
The suspense element was OFF THE CHARTS! Deranged older woman, mafia boss, British Intelligence agents, it’s all in there. The element was tightly written and there were so truly breathless moments for me in the book. One thing that bothered me was that one element wasn’t resolved. I hope that means that we get to see more of Anna and Nick again. Maybe even Will. I liked Will. He was a great secondary character and I don’t feel like his story is finished; just only begun. 😉
Again, I loved the book and highly recommend it. Its set in England which is different but also very intriguing. I just hope that Anna and Nick don’t kill each other in the meantime.
It took a swan dive from a roof to convince Incy (aged 5) she wasn’t an avenging fairy and that no, she most certainly couldn’t fly. Bruised but undefeated she retreated deeper into her make-believe world populated with the brave and the poisonous.
When not fighting injustice and righting wrongs on ‘Planet Incy’, she works as a Marketing Director. (Unfortunately, her law degree languishes unused, the distinction between good and evil proving too worrisome in real life.)
Her five children are well versed in what scares her (most things) and delight in pushing her neurotic buttons—at their peril.
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