This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is: Dangerous Territory by Emmy Curtis
Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: August 5, 2014
A SEXY STRANGER
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger's modus operandi. But she's learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she's embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she'd see him again-let alone need him to rescue her . . .
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk the lives of his team to save some reporter who's been separated from her patrol, he's not happy-until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. Even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in, he can't deny the desire. This might be the end for both of them-or one hell of a beginning.
Grace Grainger learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to someone in the middle of a war zone and all she wants to do is keep from making the same mistake. To combat her loneliness she thinks about the one night she spent with an unforgettable man. As a journalist she's spent a lot of time embedded with combat units in a war zone and this time is no different until her unit is attacked and she's rescued by none other than her fantasy man.
Josh Travers is certain in his low opinion about journalists until he finds out that the woman he spent an amazing night with and the journalist he and his team are sent to rescue are one and the same. Now Josh has a second chance with Grace but he needs to make up his mind whether her career is going to be a problem or not and Grace needs to decide whether Josh is worth getting close to and risking loss again
Josh was the quintessential hero, complete with a drive to do his job to the very best of his ability while on the clock and the need to forget what he’s seen off the clock. He’s not perfect and I didn’t want him to be. His prejudice against journalists is totally justified but it also presented an obstacle in both his professional and personal life so it was interesting to see what the author was able to do with just that one aspect of his character in such a short time. Emmy Curtis didn’t give Josh a quick fix for his aversion to journalists but she did give him a very good reason not to paint them all with the same brush. With such a short amount of time (about 30,000 words), Curtis managed to introduce Josh and gave me as a reader something to love about him.
Grace wasn’t all that different from Josh. As a journalist who has spent much of her career embedded with soldiers in the middle of a war zone, she has seen the worst of humanity and experienced bone deep loss. She wasn’t perfect either but that’s what made her interesting. She wasn’t a cold hearted reporter who only cared about getting “the story,” she cared about telling the hard, honest truth of what it was like for the men and women on the front line. There was something so heartfelt and genuine about Grace and to me she symbolized what journalism should be: Factual but still human.
For a novella Dangerous Territory felt surprisingly full and I liked the brisk pace and the no nonsense vibe I got from it. The author didn’t waste time on anything that wasn’t crucial to Josh and Grace’s story but she didn’t make it seem like they were in their own world either. It was well done.
Final Verdict: Dangerous Territory gave a great first impression and a glimpse into Emmy Curtis’ talent for writing romantic suspense.
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