Series: Uncompromising #1
Publisher: Self-Published on March 1, 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Adult
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I pretend to smile.
Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything left to lose.
I was wrong.
The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.
I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.
Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.
At A Glance
Liked the story and action but there was nothing special.
First, let me say this is a spin off of Bartel’s Unchecked series and I haven’t read it. I kinda wish I had because I did miss some references but it didn’t overly hinder my enjoyment or understanding of the story. Just a minor inconvenience.
Talon was all sorts of hot and brooding and a little bit of an a-hole which you girls know I love. I really enjoyed how passionate he was about saving Nicole. She is so lost it hurts to look at her. She walks into Talon’s surf shop all sorts of beat up and bleeding and crap goes downhill from there. Nicole has had her emotions snuffed out of her by her complicated past. She is totally dead inside, but Talon has a way of bringing small glimpses of her true self out. If only she would trust him to take care of her problems no matter the price.
The plot and action were really well done. Lots of twists and turns and a good little mystery thrown in. We get biker/gang action, and a whole bunch of emotional turmoil from all the characters. The best part was Talon and his friends being military badasses. I love me a military man with secrets in his eyes. Deep, people…deep.
Talon’s obsession with Nicole was too much sometimes. Stop chasing after her! Let her do the chasing, man. And Nicole got annoying sometimes. I felt like she more used Talon than anything. Every time things got hard or tense Nicole was out the door rejecting Talon in a hot minute. I don’t mind a little back and forth, but it was a constant theme in this book and I was so over it by mid-book.
There was definitely sex, and it was pretty hot. When Talon loves, he loves hard.
Even though there was nothing special about this romantic suspense, I really enjoy it. The characters were complex and the twists and turns kept me reading. Very recommended.
“I’m done paddlin’ out because I found my magic. You’re my perfect wave.”
“Walkin’ into my kitchen in nothin’ but my T-shirt and eff-me underwear.” I spun her around and held her against my raging hard-on. “You wanna know what else was a mistake?” I rubbed up and down her ass, dragging my tongue along her neck and biting her ear. “Thinkin’ I wouldn’t follow through just because we got company.”