Series: SBG #2
Author: P.A. DePaul
Published: April 21/15 by InterMix
Genre: romantic suspense
Back Cover Blurb:
Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.
Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.
The main characters in this novel were actually quite intriguing. Both had very complex and difficult pasts, and were fighting in the here and now. That said, they were such different individuals who easily stood up on their own. I enjoyed Cappy’s mix of sensitivity and all-alpha persona. Michelle’s battle with her demons was heartbreaking, yet reassuring at the same time. It was amazing to see how far she’d come. And DePaul developed this all in such a realistic manner that it was easily believable. These characters really shone, especially when placed against the backdrop of the secondary characters. Don’t get me wrong, everyone was well developed and could easily become the main character in their own story, but the contrasting personalities and views really made Cappy & Michelle stand out.
As to whether or not this can be read as a standalone, well, that’s actually a complex question. The story is contained in and of itself. All of the information required to enjoy it is contained within the pages of the novel. That said, the dynamic within Delta Team is developed in and carried over from the first novel in the series. For the full impact, readers would benefit from having read it first, but as I said, it’s not strictly necessary.
Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable, endlessly entertaining novel. DePaul takes readers on a suspenseful, action packed adventure in the lives of two characters whose love really shines through.