by Rebecca York
Genres: Romantic Suspense
You Only Get a Second Chance ... Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he's ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he'll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both... If You Stay Alive... Since her husband's death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn't think anything could shock her--until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He's mysterious, intimidating--and undeniably compelling. Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live--if they can survive.
Bad Nights by Rebecca York drew me in with its synopsis and promise of fast-paced suspense. I enjoy romantic suspense and when you throw in a former Navy Seal as the hero I begin to drool. This was my first experience with the author and I found it to be entertaining. Three word review: suspenseful, and action-packed, with some hot insta-love.
Morgan Rains is at her cabin in the woods, cleaning it out to sell since it holds too many memories after the loss of her husband. Awakened by a noise, she grabs her firearm and carefully listens. What she discovers is a beat-up,and utterly naked, drop dead gorgeous man! The two are thrust together as Jack Brandt’s cover in a militia group is exposed and they want him dead. Together they must fight to survive and stop a plan to attack the US. The tale that unfolds was action-packed and filled with smexy moments as they learn to depend on each other.
I liked Morgan and Jack they are both noble characters, confident, strong, and work well together. While I eventually connected with them as a couple and was gung-ho for them finding their happily-ever-after, I did struggle a little with how quickly they connected. Jack’s reaction was more believable but Morgan’s came off as a little needy to me. Despite this she was totally kick-ass and didn’t fall to pieces under stress. I honestly cannot say whether it was just how it was written, or if they needed to be fleshed out more in the beginning. I enjoyed their banter and definitely felt the chemistry once I decided to just go with the flow but over-all this kept the book from being a clear winner for me. The villain had a strong voice, and the author did an excellent job with his POV. Getting inside his head was creepy and added to the overall tension.
Bad Nights‘ suspenseful plot with the militia and their plans to attack a US target was good, and held me captive. York created some twists that felt genuine and impressed me as they intensified the action. I wish Jack’s partners were a little more fleshed out, and would have liked more background on all of the characters. The plot moved rather quickly with intense action and then we would catch our breath with some heated scenes. The romantic scenes were steamy but left a lot of the detail to the reader’s imagination. Overall this was a great escape, and I easily consumed it in a single sitting.
Fans of suspense and action with a side dish of romance should check out Bad Nights. The insta-love was a little rough, and I wanted more depth and deets but overall this was a nice escape.
Three cups of coffee out of five
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