3.5 to 4 stars!!
When I first read the blurb I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! And, I did, the minute it went live. I devoured it in 3 hours :). It was easy, the story is gripping and not that long. The book is told solely from the hero’s POV, and it was excellently delivered. I believed to be in his head and, I loved how open and unapologetic he was.
Patrick Walsh, a SEAL who’s only looking to get-off after months in deployment ends up in a shitty whore house in Curacao. Yep! Bad, bad choice Mr. Walsh, but let’s be real… It’s not like it doesn’t happen. He picks, the only girl who fails to look at him during the “lineup”, he’s in for a surprise because the girl asks him for help. She´s an American captive who’s been missing for five years.
Obviously, after investigating and debating relentlessly with himself, he decides to help her out.
“Every time you look at it, know that I’m working on extracting you. You aren’t invisible—you’re invincible. I know you’re alive. I know your name. You’ve survived this long.”
I won’t give more away, the story unravels with interesting twists and he forms a deep connection with Annie.
Now, let’s go down to the nitty gritty. Did I like the book? Yes, Id. Did the book meet my expectations? It did, to a point. What is what I was expecting? Not really, I needed MORE.
First off, the story had so much potential that after finishing the book I was like… Noooo, I need more. I felt the need for more character and relationship development, things happened so fast and yes, I understood why, but I would have loved to see at least a chapter in Annie’s POV (maybe an Epilogue with her). Don’t get me wrong, I loved Patrick, but I also needed more of his softer side, more of his in-love phase. But we do get his sardonic sense of humor.
“Her father stood in front of the bar. “So Patrick. Can I get you something to drink? A martini perhaps?” Who did they think I was—James Bond? What twenty-five-year-old guy drinks martinis? I grunted. “Thank you, sir. That sounds great.” Fuck. I didn’t even know how to talk to these people.
“Your room? Are you eighty? This place is creepy. You actually sleep in here? No wonder you have nightmares.”
“I wasn’t ready to call it more than lust or an attraction born out of our circumstances. All I knew was that I wasn’t ready to let her go.”
Secondly, I really liked how the job of a SEAL is portrayed. Some of you will think it probably went overboard, but I don’t believe it did. You have to understand that the book is told from his perspective; you were inside the mind of a person, whose sole purpose in life IS his career choice. Therefore, it was delivered congruently and was believable and got a feel of the true meaning of a lot of things I did not know about said “job”.
I also loved Annie’s background, how she had Latina roots!! I also loved that the author, for once didn’t have the girl snatched in Cancun or any other part of Mexico for that matter (I am sick of this). Moreover, after reading the book I highlighted all the places mentioned. I need to see if they are real so I can visit!!! I loved how the setting was in San Diego!!! I could picture every single place in my mind because I’ve seen them all first hand (almost).
My conclusion: I liked it, but I really think it could have been better..like Epic, but, It doesn’t matter! I do recommend it! It’s hot! And I can’t wait to read about the other two exotic boys!!!