Published: September 3rd 2013 By: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Rockfort Security #1 Genres: Adult, Romantic-Suspense
Format: Kindle Source: Purchased My Rating: 2.5 Stars
You Only Get a Second Chance…
Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he’ll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both…
If You Stay Alive…
Since her husband’s death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn’t think anything could shock her–until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He’s mysterious, intimidating–and undeniably compelling.
Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live–if they can survive.
This is another one of those books with a gorgeous cover, but the story doesn’t quite add up. I love romantic suspense, and I’m beginning to see why I really stopped reading it years ago; everything seems so bland and just meh. I was strolling through my Kindle and decided to give this one a go, but I was immediately on alert when the MC invited a strange, naked man into her rural cabin. I know, I know; it makes the story more suspenseful. But, I just can’t get over how some of these characters meet just to get the ball going.
Morgan came off as an intelligent woman who is grieving for her husband, whom was killed in a robbery. She quickly becomes an intelligent woman who makes stupid decisions regarding strange men. She couldn’t call the cops and EMS to come and check out the guy? No, she goes to check him out and drags him into her home. Okay, so she had a gun. Everything that happened after that was just so uninteresting, and I almost called it quits. Jack was an okay guy, but sometimes his thoughts didn’t line up with his actions. There was insta-attraction between Morgan and Jack, so there wasn’t time to ponder anything. Also, I felt that the writing could have been better. It was very amateurish and not at all what I expected going in. I have read some pretty great self-published books in this genre, that I didn’t even know were self published until I checked them out on Goodreads.
I love Mercenaries, Navy Seals, Marines, etc… so I pretty much have watched and read my share of stories about what they do. What I didn’t get from Jack, or any of the Rockfort Security guys, was that heavy sense of loyalty and control. They weren’t guarded or careful about anything- just amateurs. The guys they were up against were not the brightest bulbs in the box. It was all just ridiculously carried out. I’m not sure I’ll be reading the next book to see if the author’s writing has matured.
Morgan was all poised and polite on the first few pages, and then her thoughts immediately turned after meeting Jack. She was immature in her actions, for her to be a college professor and her husband’s death being the way it was. Just no. Not the worst book, but I would have liked this story to be more fleshed out than it is. The writing is very amateurish and the characters weren’t very smart for this type of plot.