on February 2, 2016
Amazon • B&N • Narrator: Allyson Ryan
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Out of all the stone-cold mercenaries in Jim Morgan's black ops organization, Derek “D” Pratt is the most intimidating. He is tight-lipped and covered in tattoos, and even the other guys on his team are afraid to ask him about his past. D’s been off the grid for years, but after his teammate Sullivan is mistakenly captured in his place, D is forced to come out of hiding and face his demons.
When D lands in Mexico, he’s ready to risk everything to save his friend. To complicate matters, Sofia Amaro, a feisty doctor whom D had a one-night stand with months ago, has tracked him down. And in an instant she’s unintentionally caught up in his life-threatening rescue mission.
Now D must extract not one but two people from the most violent world he's ever encountered. And one of them is carrying his child...
This was my second favorite installment after Midnight Action because Derek Pratt was such an enigma. He was the coldest mercenary that works for Jim Morgan. I had been waiting for D’s book for a long time. I will admit that I wanted Jim Morgan to share Noelle with D, but that may be too much for some people, LOL! I was really pleased that this story focused more on the search for Sully more than the relationship between D and Sofia. The author Elle Kennedy did an excellent job keeping the story suspenseful, action packed and thrilling. I have also upgraded the narrator Allyson Ryan to one of my favorite narrators because her arsenal of character voices is amazing. As a narrator, she manages to kept each voice distinct yet engaging. I never felt confused as to who was talking or what was going on. Her inflections, intonation and clarity added an extra layer to an incredibly written book.
In this addition to the series, D and the rest of the team was left worrying about Sullivan (Sully) after he just vanished into thin air. D suspected that Sully’s absence was linked to his past, but he had nothing to go on at all. He went to visit a clinic in Mexico in hopes of finding Sully and there D has a one-night stand with the Dr. Sofia Amaro.
Imagine 8 weeks later, when Sofia shows up pregnant and D retreated into his inner shell. D’s childhood experiences were a doozy so it was clear why he was apprehensive about this new baby. I knew underneath that tough exterior, was a loyal man capable of caring and loving others. I also knew that even though D closed himself off to others, this baby could be an opportunity for healing.
I have to admit that I have issues with Sofia. Why does a woman with her kind of past pursue the most seemingly unattainable guy in Morgan’s crew? How does a doctor get pregnant from one time with a man who used protection? Why does she run head first into a rescue operation when she is no operative? Wouldn’t the safety of her unborn child necessitate more prudence? She was undeveloped like Bailey in the last book. But Sofia’s childhood was sad as well, so I felt bad for her. I did like her but I had grown used to competent and prudent heroines, and I felt like Sofia was swimming out of her depth.
Even so, Sofia and D work as they are both so alone and isolated. I am sure D will get Sofia trained and capable of defending herself. I wouldn’t even be surprised if in a few books she becomes one of Noelle’s operatives. She already treats their wounded mercenaries so she is part of the outer circle.
Now, I will impatiently wait for Sully and Liam’s book. It’s time. I have waited long enough and I want it as soon as possible.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.