Author Marliss Melton has spent a lifetime in military and intelligence communities. She grew up overseas, attending American and International schools, becoming a foreign language teacher, and marrying a U.S. Army Captain. Ten years later, following his sudden death, she published her first historical romance which became a RITA finalist for Best First Book. Then she found her soul mate: a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, who she married and who adopted her two sons. Other titles include: Too Far Gone, Don’t let Go, Next To Die, Time To Run, In The Dark, and Forget Me Not.
CIA agent, Lucy Donovan has survived hundreds of death-defying missions, but the one that haunts her was before her career, when three of her good college friends were killed in a terrorist attack while vacationing. Being the sole survivor has changed her, causing her to take some often unnecessary risks. Weighed down by trying to hide some post-traumatic stress, her new mission seems to be just what she needs to get over it. That is until her boss tells her she is going undercover with the only man she ever loved, the man she had to let go. Navy SEAL Gus Atwater wasn’t pleased about this assignment or working with Lucy again, especially because it’s about to bring them deep in the heart of the Colombian jungle and face-to-face with some of the worst terrorists they’ve encountered. In an attempt to extract two of their men held captive, pretending to be married was risky enough, but now the clock is running out and Lucy’s past could very well out them. Confronting their past, the mission soon turns from desperate to deadly, and fear has a way of getting you killed
I only have two minor criticisms for the book. One, the cover seems misleading, leaning toward paranormal when it’s a romantic suspense. And two, the epilogue was a tad lengthy.
The author’s military past made for an accurate and fast-faced thrill read with this book. Part of the Navy SEAL series, I believe this is book seven, following the Navy SEAL Team Twelve. Literally unable to put this down, readers will delight in the realistic and flawed characters, the well-paced plot, and the steamy love quandary amidst the constant action. With a great eye for detail and setting description, you feel right there with them through every challenge and heart-pounding scene. Keep an eye out for this author!