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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Holding Fire by April Hunt

I just LOVE discovering new to me authors, especially when they write a great romantic suspense.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: March 28, 2017

Alpha Security operative Trey Hanson is ready to settle down. When he meets a gorgeous blonde in a bar, and the connection between them is off the charts, he thinks he's finally found the one. But after their night together ends in a hail of gunfire and she disappears in the chaos, Trey's reasons for tracking her down are personal . . . until he learns she's his next assignment.

Elle Monroe never expected to see Trey again. The night they shared was incredible, but the last thing she's looking for is a relationship. Now that it's clear she's being targeted, though, she has no choice but to trust this man she barely knows with her life. And Trey's not just determined to keep her safe . . . he's determined to win her heart.

What’s it About? Trey Hanson spends the night with Elle Monroe and thinks he may have found someone special but when chaos and a gun fight break out, Trey loses Elle in all the chaos. As an Alpha Security operative, Trey is good at finding people and protecting them and when he finds out that Elle is his next assignment he sees it as an opportunity to convince her to give them a chance at a real relationship.

Overall reaction to the story? April Hunt is yet another new to me author that wowed, dazzled, and had me vowing to come back for more. The pacing was perfect for a romantic suspense, and the characters were delightful.

Describe the hero in five words: Strong. Intelligent. Fun. Sexy. Stubborn.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Trey is all alpha but at the same time the guy has a soft, gooey center that was just waiting for the right woman. The author really made Trey seem like a realistic character. He wasn’t too “macho” but he wasn’t incompetent at his job either. He was fun but he could also be intense. I just loved how charming this guy could be and sure, he could be a bit bossy but I could forgive that in light of the situation he and Elle found themselves in. I should be so lucky to have a one nighter with a guy like him!

Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Intelligent. Sassy. Stubborn. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? I’m so picky about romantic suspense, I need the heroine to be something special, a cut above the rest and Hunt delivered. When Elle is introduced she’s basically trying to find herself and her inner strength after having dealt with some big time jerks in her life. I liked her, she wasn’t perfect but that’s what I liked about her. She was determined to do things her own way but she wasn’t so stupid as to think she could do a better job of protecting herself than a trained professional. She did have one or two moments where I wasn’t too pleased with her as a character but other than that she was a pretty neat heroine.

Let’s talk about the romance: Holding Fire had a nice role reversal between Trey and Elle, he was ready to settle down, she wanted to cut and run. It added a different tone to their dynamic and honestly I liked it! It was nice to see the guy, especially a guy like Trey who was a total badass show his softer side. The chemistry rocked my socks BUT I found it so frustrating that there would be such a sexy buildup between them and you think the sexy times are going to be explosive but then you blink and it’s the next day already. Ugh, that was just not good. I don’t like teases in real life and I definitely don’t like them in romances. It didn’t happen all the time but it did happen enough to kind of bug me. I could understand if this book was on the “Sweet” side of the romance specter because I would be prepared for that but to build up the tension with some really great scenes and then not follow through? Nope. Not something I enjoy.

Click It or Skip It? Even with the closed door scenes, Holding Fire delivers on action, romance, and likable character. I’m definitely a fan.

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