Today I am sharing reviews of At The Edge and Edge of Surrender the first two books in Laura Griffin’s new Alpha Crew series. Both books surround the same case and feature heroine Emma Wright and Ryan Owen a SEAL who is part of an élite group known as the Alpha Crew. While I had a terrific time with these novellas and couple, the story didn’t have the depth I have come to love in Griffin’s Tracer series.
by Laura Griffin
Series: Alpha Crew #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Dive into Part One of this heart-pounding romantic suspense story, which continues in Edge of Surrender: Alpha Crew Part Two!
When Emma Wright’s government plane goes down over the Philippine jungle, she’s forced to survive alone until an ultra-elite SEAL team goes in after her. As the leader of Alpha Crew, Ryan Owen is no stranger to challenges, but he’s never tackled anything quite like this sexy, smart, and resourceful woman. The mission is to get Emma home safely, but danger is everywhere, and Ryan’s unexpected desire for Emma could be a deadly distraction. Back home in California, Ryan’s mission is over—but Emma’s has just begun. She knows her plane crash was no accident, and she’s determined to uncover the truth about what happened—even if her quest for answers puts her at risk. Torn between duty and desire, Ryan searches for a way win Emma’s heart while protecting her from an invisible enemy who wants her dead.
Griffin quickly pulls the reader into At the Edge as our heroine crashes in the Philippine jungle. I love romances involving military men, and this élite group of SEALS has my attention. At the Edge will have you immediately reaching for Edge of Surrender the second book.
Emma Wright works with an Ambassador’s wife giving aid. They are just wrapping up a mission in the Philippines when their plane crashes. Her rescuer Ryan Owen is part of an élite SEAL team known as the Alpha Crew.
Emma and Ryan had an immediate attraction to each other that went beyond rescuer. He admires her fearlessness and quick thinking but she is the assignment and he quickly squashes thoughts of her naked and in his arms. The two share a heated kiss initiated by Emma before she is whisked away. We know their story is far from over and I was excited to see what developed next.
Now back in California Ryan is debriefed and despite thoughts of Emma, he is waiting for his next assignment. That is until Emma unexpectedly shows up. He knows something is not quite right and he soon finds himself protecting her once again.
When Emma hears the preliminary investigation is focusing on pilot error, she begins making callings. These calls unknowingly placed her in danger. I cannot stop the niggling feeling that there is a lot more to Emma then we know. Filled with twists and turns Griffin pulled me into this edgy suspense. We know very little, and what we do know makes us begin to question everything. Who is in on it? What does Emma know?
The romance at this point is strictly physical as Ryan tried not to cross a professional line but Emma is having none of that. The chemistry felt genuine and both characters are strong, confident, and intelligent which causes some bickering and differences of opinion. Ryan thinks like a SEAL and this take-charge mentality clashes with Emma’s. I am looking forward to seeing them connect more and develop a real relationship.
At the Edge was a fast-paced novella and I had a great time with it, but would have appreciated the depth a full-length novel would bring even if the story spanned several books. The cliffhanger had me immediately diving into Edge of Surrender.
The tale picks up right where the At the Edge ended with just a brief recap. Intense and sexy I enjoyed spending time with Emma and Ryan but ultimately wanted more.
We are immediately thrust into danger as Emma and Ryan try to decide who they can trust. Griffin did a great job of providing answers, but again the tale was hurt by the lack of pages. Progression happened to rapidly for me. The story was good, tight-knit and well paced but it lacked the depth and detail that I find in the Tracers series.
Ryan and Emma spend more time naked, but also developed trust and opened up about themselves. I had suspected that Emma was more, and would have loved it if Griffin had gone that route. I wanted her to be part of a secret group or CIA. However, Emma is a strong, clever character and I was pleased to learn about her plans.
There is no doubt Griffin is an excellent storyteller and the mystery which wrapped up much too quickly for my taste did have me flipping the pages and consuming this in one sitting. Amazon has the page count at hundred and fourteen pages but Edge of Surrender ended at the 90% mark. The novella includes a sneak peek of one of Griffin’s Tracer books. The ending while very open-ended and abrupt left us in a good place. Questions regarding the suspense aspect were answered but unfortunately a lot of it was tell not show.
While I enjoyed At the Edge and Edge of Surrender ultimately I was left craving more. Fans of light romantic suspense will find the first two books in the Alpha Crew to be sexy and entertaining. I am hoping the next book in this series is full length and delivers more of what I expect from Griffin. I love the concept of the Alpha Crew and look forward to learning more about Jake the rest of the crew.
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