Catherine is a neuroscientist involved in a research project that someone wants her to stop. They’ve been sending threats and she’s been determined to continue her research anyway. Angelo is a SEAL having trouble recovering from losing a friend that he was unable to save. They both travel to the wedding of a mutual friend, looking to celebrate and get away from their stress for a bit. They never intended to run into an old flame. Angelo is set on making sure that Catherine is safe from whomever is threatening her, even if Catherine doesn’t want his protection. Can she protect herself from losing her heart?
I have been looking forward to another Lisa Carlisle book, and here it is!! I loved this book so much! As always, Carlisle’s characters were very well developed. I felt like I knew the main characters well enough to be friends with them and feel their pains and joys. There was enough heat to make this the romance that I was looking for and that always wonderful suspense that I love her for to keep me on my toes and glued to the book. I’m excited to see what happens in the next installment in this series!
Eva Montreaux is a Marine, but not a “normal” Marine. She is part of a program that creates biologically enhanced military personnel. She and her team, NEO 17 (comprised of several supernatural beings), have been sent to Okinawa on two missions. The first is to find out who or what has been serially killing the American troops stationed there. The second is a civil mission, to attempt to create peace amongst the locals and the troops, as there has been much animosity recently. While on patrol one night, Eva runs in to a group of Marines that know her from a deployment before her enhancement. The problem, her memory from that deployment is gone. A side effect of her treatments was amnesia, leaving large gaps in her memory, save for brief flashes of the past. One of those Marines is Gunny Marcos Delacruz. Eva doesn’t remember anything about him, except for his piercing eyes. When she brushes him off, because she can’t explain her memory loss, he seemed incredibly angry although Eva doesn’t understand why. As Eva struggles to reclaim her memory and uncover her past with Marcos, the murders keep piling up. With everything going on on the island, Eva must untangle her feelings and the secrets that Okinawa is harboring.
This is the second book of Carlisle’s that I have read, and it just reminded me that I really need to read more of her work. This was a great outing for her! It was a PNR read, but the “romance” part of the story was not the primary focus of the book. It was more focused on the mysteries- who is murdering American troops, and what is the connection between Eva and Marcos that she can’t remember. The descriptiveness of the setting was great, and made it easy to visualize. The character development was wonderful, for the main characters. It may have been a little bit lacking in the secondary characters, but certainly not enough to take away from the story. It was very well paced, and thoroughly enjoyable. I truly hope that we get watch Eva and Marcos’ story develop.