Night Rescuer by Cindy Dees
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book! I can't believe I am just now reading Cindy Dees. Action, sexy romance, to die for hero, awesome heroine, danger. Just too awesome.
The first paragraph is a catcher. This book starts with the hero getting ready commit suicide. It sounds like a book most people would run away from. But me, I wanted to know what could drive this man to want to kill himself. It was a hook for me. And the best thing is, Ms. Dees totally follows through.
Fans of military romance should read this book. If you are a fan of Christine Feehan's GhostWalkers books, and are craving a delicious, but tortured military hero to fall in love with in the wake of the GhostWalkers, I think you would be happy with John Hollister.
John is bent on completing his mission of taking Melina Montez to her rendezvous in the Peruvian arboreal forest. And then, he's going to finish what he started when she came into the courier business that's a front for the HOT Squad, a Special Forces unit that John is assigned to. But this fiesty, sensual, smart, sweet woman is constantly batting at his insistence on ending his life.
Yes, this book has insta-sex, but it totally fits in with this story. You have two people who think their lives are about to end. They want to indulge in their passion for each other, to feel alive, for the short time they have on this earth. I totally felt the chemistry, and why they would get together so quickly, as time ticked away towards their respective appointments with destiny. The love scenes are intense and passionate. Each one showing that bond that made their feelings for each other so special.
I thought the interactions between John and Melina were well written. They had an ease with each other, but they didn't mind getting blunt with each other, and ramming against the barriers each had to accepting that they had choices that involved continuing to fight and to want to live. Melina was so good for John. She helped him to deal with his trauma of being the only survivor from his unit who was ambushed in Afghanistan. It wasn't always comfortable, but she had to try to get through to him, pained that such a good, wonderful man was bent on ending his life.
There's not anything I didn't like about this book. It was fast-moving, entertaining, but emotionally-moving. I couldn't get too mad at John. As Melina said, he was wrapped up in his survivor's guilt, but he was so good about taking care of Melina and committing to keeping her safe. What a man! And Melina is a likeable heroine. She's very smart, very wise, and loving. She's committed to getting her family back, even at the cost of her own life. I loved that she was a scientist, with a doctorate, but she was down to earth, and comfortable in her own skin. Comfortable enough to do the propositioning their first night together.
Let me tell you, Cindy Dees is going on my list. I love these kinds of contemporary romances, high on action, tension, and with a couple that I love and root for to find their happy ending together. If you can find this book, definitely give it a read. It's completely worth it.
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