Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.
Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now.
When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.
Kaylea Cross is possibly the best military romance writer I’ve read, and each and every one of her books so far has earned a place on my ‘favourites’ list.
Those mistakes other authors make, the mistakes that make people wary of picking up a book in this genre? Cross never makes them. Her characters react the way people really would. For example, there’s not a bizarre ‘sex while injured or being chased by gunmen’ scene in sight.
The two top reasons Cross stands head and shoulders above most other writers in this genre are that she does an astounding amount of research – no randomly throwing around cool terms like “SEAL” or “Black Ops” in the place of information or character development – and that she really knows how to build a relationship between her main characters. There’re real emotions involved, not just a heap of mental lusting after the guy’s big muscles or whatever.
This is an author who really delves into the mindset of both soldiers and of the people they’re fighting against. Everyone is three-dimensional, and the story is so much better because of it.
Never a light and fluffy author, this is a deliciously dark book, probably one of her darkest. The action and suspense builds and builds and builds, with no random breaks where the danger is forgotten in order to make way for erroneous love scenes in ridiculous places. The endless danger paves the way for something much better: the hero getting to show his heroic abilities, and the heroine proving she can hold her own in a tough situation.
I couldn’t pick a favourite part of this story, as it had me hooked from start to finish. I would have read it in one sitting if I could, but my life had a few dramas in store for me that weekend! Though you can absolutely read Lethal Pursuit on its own, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to read the series in order (this is the third). Each book is as good as the next – it’s a fantastic, consistently good series.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.