Hero, Zander, is a decorated Army Ranger who is being heavily recruited by a major security firm. Heroine, Erin, is just out of art school and runs an art gallery. They are both like only 22 years old.
Needless to say, the characters felt far too accomplished for their ages.
Zander and Erin broke up because of some crazy night 4 years ago when Erin called the police after Zander and some friends were in a drag racing accident. The arrest ruined his opportunity to go into West Point. They didn’t discuss it or see each other again until Zander’s home for his father’s funeral. Btw, his family doesn’t even know the full details as to why he broke up with his girlfriend and enlisted in the army right after the incident.
Erin’s estranged, deadbeat mother is in some trouble and being held hostage for ransom in Mexico. Erin has no intention of getting the police involved thus plans to go to Mexico alone with 100s of thousands of dollars as if she’s picking up a kid from daycare, not dealing with dangerous Mexican drug lords. Uh, who does that?
Zander doesn’t think it’s wise for Erin to go into a potential death trap alone, but mostly he seemed to just want to get back in Erin’s panties, so he agrees to go to Mexico with Erin on this fool mission to extract her mother.
I felt nothing warm and fuzzy toward Erin and Zander or their romance in the least. Besides the history between them, I really didn’t see what made them fall in love again. The hostage plot is supposed to add suspenseful action (and to show off Zander’s badass Ranger skills); instead, it only served to distract me from their love story. I could have done without it; just focusing on how Erin and Zander will find forgiveness in each other to move on from the event that broke them up.
This is fiction, I know, but the storyline was so contrived and far fetched that I actually skimmed quite a bit in addition to a lot of eye rolling. I’ll point out that I’ve not read the other books in this series. Sadly, nothing happened here that engaged me enough to read the two preceding books or the fourth book to come about Erin’s housemate/tenant, Dani.
*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*