Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.
Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.
Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.
Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.
The first three books in this series were published between 2004 and 2005. With über-alpha heroes who fall obsessively in love with the perfect heroines in an instant, Lisa Marie Rice earned herself a lot of fans. Now the fourth book has finally been released, and if you’re a fan of this author, then you know what to expect.
This is an author who works to a formula – a successful formula. You’re either going to LOVE it or you won’t like it. She writes fantasies for women. The men are too over the top for me, and there were some suspiciously misogynistic comments in this one (I know a lot of authors don’t realise it, but every other female character doesn’t have to be insulted in order to make the heroine look good!), but if you like the hugely alpha hero, then this is the kind of book you should be looking for.
There’s no real need to get into the plot, because the plot usually comes secondary to the romance with LMR. It’s all about the big, strong former Navy SEAL saving the day.
Something that distinguishes this one from the others is that hero and heroine already know each other, and have for a few months. I preferred that aspect of the story. As fun as the first three books were, they tended to move too fast to be believable.
Read the earlier books in the series first. You don’t really have to, but I think it would work better if you did.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.