Review: Ethan’s Promise: Men of Mercy by Lindsay Cross

ethans promiseReviewed by Joanna

Unloved loner military man falls for intelligence specialist on a protection mission? Yes, please. Ethan has to train Kate for field work including all sorts of physical combat. She wants to learn, but she can’t work out where all these feelings are coming from every time they get up close and personal. Sexy feelings. Mmm.

Ethan’s black ops and his team is about to deploy, but disaster strikes (from Ethan’s PoV) when he’s told he can’t go with his men. He needs to take some R&R and his boss won’t take no for an answer.

To relax, our hero takes a job with a private security firm, providing protection for a senator’s daughter on her wedding day. For story reasons, the security firm also hires a female bodyguard for the job. Enter Kate. Kate’s been shafted by her job with the CIA and aside from the fact she’s not a field operative, she’s perfect for the role.

Ethan and Kate spend two weeks before the wedding, coming to blows in her training as well as coming to blows elsewhere. You know what I mean. The tension between them builds and builds and though this is a short book, you can feel the draw and I was rooting for them. There was no faffing around with reasons why not to. Once they realized they were both into it, then, er, they both got into it.

Events at the wedding add drama to the emerging relationship and forces feelings between Kate and Ethan to the fore. The story is left on a cliff hanger but not for our H&H, more to set up the next book and no doubt give another guy in the crew a lovely lady to make story with.

I haven’t read anything else in this series, but I enjoyed dipping my toe in. I didn’t really get the context with Mr J, a traitor they were engaged in war with, but I didn’t really need to and the pace and tight story telling kept me interested. The team was interesting and fun, the other side characters amused me and the writing was tight.

My only complaint is of the brevity. I’d have liked more. More of Ethan’s head being turned from his loner life, more of Kate reconciling to a relationship being a good idea. More of them just being together and making it work whilst battling bad guys. Maybe that’ll happen in the next book. I might just go check it out.

Rating: C+/B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Ethan’s Promise
by Lindsay Cross
Release Date: May 24, 2016

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