Review: Ignited

ignitedReviewed by Carrie

Whew!!  I just finished this book and sat down to write the review and my heart is still pumping from the last quarter of the book!  If you like your romantic suspense heavy on the suspense, then this is the book for you!

Working as security contractors, Hunter Phillips and Scottie Easton were protecting diplomats when they were overcome in a Benghazi-like attack and Hunter’s best friend and ex-SEAL teammate paid the ultimate price.  Although still grieving, Hunter agrees to head up the Titanium security team for Khalia Patterson’s trip to Pakistan in support of her educational foundation for girls.

Khalia  knows Pakistan is a long way from her life as a high school math teacher but she is bound and determined to continue the work her father began and ultimately died for.  When Hunter helps her to barely escape a double suicide bomb, reality begins open her eyes.   The Taliban-led terrorist cell that murdered her father wants to shut down the school for girls her foundation is opening and take her out in the process.  Each step she takes closer to her endgame become more dangerous and more secrets are revealed.

As I stated before, this is book is heavy on the suspense.  The romance takes a back seat as it appeared to be born of two people in mortal danger who just sought each other out in a life affirming way.  There is a slow burn attraction, but after the hits (literally) keep coming, the insta-love is understandable even if it’s a little eye rolling.

The plot is very fast paced and exciting.  There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing but not overwhelmed.   Although the “mystery” was solved, there seems to be a larger story arc for the series and I am intrigued. What I absolutely have to give the author proper due for is her research and attention to detail.  Very few military romantic suspense authors do due diligence when writing about SpecOps characters.  It really pulls the reader into the story and this history nerd appreciates it immensely.

The secondary characters were mainly in the back seat here, except for Hunter’s second in-command, Gage and his former girlfriend, Claire who he is still pining for.  Second chance romance for the win in the next book!  Sign me up!

Grade: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Ignited
by Kaylea Cross
Release Date: June 15, 2013

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