by Lindsay McKenna
Series: Delos #1
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Narration: 3 cups
Lia Cassidy has left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. Seeking a new start, she finds a rewarding job working with needy children at the Delos Charity School in Costa Rica. But her life turns upside down again when local drug lord, La Arana, burns down the school and pursues Lia as a witness. Terrified and on the run, she discovers there is only one man she can trust-Cav Jordan, the ex-SEAL Delos sends to protect her. Cav Jordan is strong, honorable, and gorgeous . . . and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship
Nowhere to Hide by Lindsay McKenna is the first book in the romantic suspense series Delos. It delivered a heart tugging romance surrounding two damaged individuals, but didn’t deliver the suspense I felt the synopsis promised.
Lia Cassidy was brutally attacked by fellow soldiers almost five years ago. Scarred physically and emotionally she now works for the Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica. When a drug cartel attacks and destroys the school, killing two teachers, Delos brings in Cav Jordan a former SEAL to work security and protect Lia.
The beginning of the story brings us suspense but it didn’t escalate leaving me wondering where it went. There were moments that had me holding my breath, but the focus of this story was the slow building romance building between Cav and Lia. The story was sugary sweet as Cav recognizing how damaged Lia was and took steps to build her confidence as he fell for her.
I felt bad for Lia, and the author gave us a clear understanding of the damage and emotional scarring inflicted on her. Her healing process was previously hampered by rejections from a former lover but I found her reactions to Cav and his gentle nature childlike. One has to admire her dedication while working with these needy families and she is a lot tougher than she acts. How she acted during her attack and her military background conflicted with her current persona. Yes, she is damaged, but I expected walls not meekness. Cav, is still very much a military guy and was thoughtful and protective.
The romance was sweet as Cav worked on building Lia’s confidence. There was plenty of motherly advice from the head of Delos and slow tentative kisses. If you like, stories where the couple goes on dates confessing their secrets and talk as if they are in a Hallmark movie this story will deliver in spades. I didn’t doubt their feelings, but the way they spoke and acted didn’t quite ring true for me.
We learn about the Delos operation, meet the founders and get an idea of how the series itself will unfold. I am not dismissing the rest of the five book series just yet, but I am hoping that the stories are more balanced between suspense and romance.
I listened to Nowhere to Hide narrated by Johanna Parker. She did an excellent job, but listening to this only enhanced the syrupy sweet conversations, and highlighted Lia’s meekness.
Overall Nowhere to Hide was a good listen, but a little too sweet and unbalanced for my tastes. It does have over a 3.58 rating on Goodreads, so I recommend checking out other reviews.
Listen to a sample audio: Nowhere to Hide
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