Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 16, 2014
He left her when she needed him most...
Four years ago, Dr. Grace Fallon lost everything that mattered in a terrorist attack she barely survived. Now she’s stronger than ever and in Pakistan with a UN-sanctioned team for the most important assignment of her career. She’s dedicated her life to eradicating the world of chemical weapons, and long ago accepted the inherent risks associated with her job. Until the man whose memory has haunted her for so long suddenly reappears and inadvertently makes her the target of one of the most dangerous terrorists on the planet. Forced to accept Alex’s protection, it’s impossible to deny the white-hot attraction still burning between them. And while she trusts him to guard her from this new threat, Grace must once again decide whether to risk her heart to the man who once shattered her entire world.
Now he’ll risk everything to win her back...
Four years ago, NSA agent Alex Rycroft left Grace because had no choice. But never again. Malik Hassani has escaped custody, he’s on the run, and has locked onto Grace as a means to target Alex. This time Alex will do whatever it takes to protect her—and convince her to give them another chance. Walking away from her nearly destroyed him and now that she’s back in his life, he can’t let her go. When the unthinkable happens and Grace’s life hangs in the balance, he’ll sacrifice everything to save her—including himself.
First of all, big props to author Kaylea Cross for successfully creating a romantic suspense around two older characters! Alex is in his 50s and Grace is in her mid 40s and age truly is nothing but a number in Rekindled!
I haven't read any of Kaylea's books before this so I don't know if older characters are common in her books but Rekindled was my idea of a fast paced, action packed romance that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
With Alex and Grace being, let's face it, much older than the main characters I'm used to reading, I was a bit apprehensive about Rekindled. It's silly but I had visions of a story where the supporting characters were the ones in the middle of all the action and Alex was just a dictator.
Alex is definitely an action hero, often times the first one into a dangerous situation and the last one out and I have to say that the maturity level found in an older hero was very sexy. What made him work for me as a lead character was his keen intelligence and his almost predatory way of thinking. This was no wet behind the ears wannabe, Alex knew the consequences of making the wrong choices and even if at times he didn't like the decisions that had to be made, he stuck by them as best as he could. He was an honorable man and I couldn't help but fall a little in love with him.
I love an intelligent heroine and Grace was definitely that topped with a healthy dose of maturity. I would go so far as to say she's virtually invincible. Here she survived a horrific terrorist attack that left her scarred on the inside and out yet she has the courage to step into a similar situation to help fight the very people who hurt her. She stood strong against what she thought was wrong and she made Alex work for forgiveness.
The action and danger in keeps the romance from becoming boring and stale. There's so much going on yet I was never left feeling confused. Fast paced and intriguing, Rekindled is my kind of romantic suspense. It can be read as a standalone novel without fear of being spoiled. Though if you're like me and haven't read the previous books, you'll be very curious about them after reading this one.
Final Verdict: I'm going to add Kaylea Cross to my list of authors that I have to try again soon. Rekindled was more than I thought it was going to be and should be read by fans of romantic suspense.