About the Book:
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 blonde showed up on my doorstep 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.
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Dull Talons, Scratching at a Bad Story
This book had such a great premise; sexy ex-military guy saves battered woman and falls in love with her. Unfortunately, this story didn't follow through with expectations.
The romance was non-existent. Sure, he fell for her, but it was so fast and unbelievable you're left wondering what happened in between the words... Did you miss something? It's possible you did, everything moves along so quickly--jumping from shoot out to argument to argument to shoot out to angry f$%k to confrontation to argument to irrational f$%k to another confrontation... you get the idea. There was no time in this story for an actual deep relationship to form between the hero and heroine--and don't get me started on the heroine.
Nicole (aka Siren) is so emotionless, cold, bland, passive, and annoying I had to wonder if she was some kind of humanoid robot. Sure, toward the end we discover she's so passive and pliant because the bad guy has her baby, but COME ON! When you're in private with a guy you're supposed to be falling for, you can at LEAST show some desire or anger or disgust. It's like she spent the whole story in two modes: inactive and programmed, autonomous action.
Talon had such PROMISE! Who doesn't love a tortured hero who falls for the serene, lovely wounded woman? He wants to rescue her, then he wants to bang her, then he was to scream at her for being so chill about every damn thing, then he wants to bang her, then he wants to throw her to the wolves, then he wants to bang her...as you can see, there is a rather alarming pattern of UNromance in this story.
Not only did everything happen as quickly and loudly as a bullet firing from a gun muzzle, everything happened F$%KINGLY! Damn, I'm not a prude when it comes to cuss words, but when the author uses F$%K every other word, you start to wonder if she just doesn't have an INTELLIGENT words to use.
The sex was...wham, bam, I HATE YOU ma'am. Nicole and Talon F$%KED, they never once made love. Each time they came together it was fast, almost angry, and always when someone or something was waiting on them. It was rude sex. Not a single time did they TAKE THEIR TIME. There was no foreplay or FUN in their sex. This is one reason I call this an UNromance. Everything they did together made it feel like they were PUSHING their "relationship" toward something that didn't fit them.
They didn't fit. Their romance was NOT. Their sex was ugly (and not the good kind). The story was all action and reaction, not deep or rational or romantic.
I didn't like this story. But I am hoping Neil's story is something I can enjoy -- heck, I already paid for it, I might as well give it a chance.