Irrevocable is the first book in the Guardians series of contemporary military romances.
Tess, a nurse in a neonatal unit, has sworn off men. However, her friends take her out for the evening to a popular nightclub where she trips and falls into Ethan, a good looking guy, but he accuses Tess of deliberately throwing herself at him and they separate after their disagreement.
They meet a second time at a charity event when Tess sneaks to the stables for a glimpse of a famous race horse. Ethan’s on guard duty to prevent guests from wandering, and once again the pair argue.
This is an enemies-to-lovers style story with a Texas setting which also squeezes in a good dose of secondary themes, all of which vied for attention. I did enjoy the story to a point, but it tried too hard to cover all the points where more depth could have worked just as well with fewer plot ideas.
When Tess nosedives into Ethan, it’s a genuine accident. But when she trespasses? Maybe not so much.
When Tess Williams, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, finds her fiancé in bed with another woman, she is done with dating. Even if it means she won’t have a family of her own, because trust and honesty are that important to her. Hellbent on avoiding any temptation of the male kind, she makes one devastating mistake: nosediving into the solid chest of a Delta Force operator.
Her second far-reaching mistake? Trespassing.
Ethan Mitchell, only son of a Texas billionaire, joined the Army to turn his life around. Adamant all women are only after money and can’t be trusted, and to keep his past secret, he is only interested in casual flings. Until a stubborn and infuriating five-foot-seven firecracker crashes into him, insisting he is mistaken, and he needs to apologize.
Sure. Like hell he is. And like hell he will.
Ethan may admit he is wrong (about one woman specifically), but will he risk exposing his secrets to keep her in his life? And Tess may give in to the attraction between them, but will she risk her heart for someone who, all too often, is sent on life-threatening missions?
Content warning: This novel contains realistic neonatal experiences.
Mini book reviews of the first three books in the Immortal Ops series of military paranormal romances.
The Immortal Ops are a team of weresoldiers; these stories have a strong romantic theme as well as paranormal elements and fight scenes. Book one opens with a new target for Captain Lukian Vlakhusha and his men; however, Lukian senses danger and aborts the task, especially after he meets the mark.
Peren Matthews is unaware of the complex supernatural mix of DNA that resides inside her body. As a child she survived an attack by a large creature and it has haunted her for years. When she meets Lukian, she senses that he is different and that there is an attraction between them. Can she overcome her fear of werewolves to be with the one who can keep her safe?
I enjoyed the introduction to this paranormal series, the romance is hot and it takes up much of the storyline.
Captain Lukian Vlakhusha is having issues with his newest target, Peren Matthews. Something about her has left him staring at her picture and wondering what it would be like to touch her soft skin. When the time comes for the team to strike, Lukian senses danger and aborts the mission. He makes an attempt at meeting Peren and is set in his place by an independent young woman who knows what she is, and isn’t, looking for in a man.
Lukian is having trouble telling Peren that he’s what she fears most, a werewolf. Can they make the passion that burns between them last, or will Lukian’s condition be too much for Peren?
In book two of the series, Critical Intelligence, the outside threat to the I-Ops team continues. This is the story of Roi and Missy. Missy is Peren’s best friend who knows that Roi and his fellow team members are supernatural beings, yet she hasn’t said anything to them or her friends. In fact, her whole life has been a lie to most who know her.
Roi can’t stop thinking about Missy, who, he suspects, could turn him into a one-woman man. However, he soon discovers that she and her girlfriends are being targeted by some dangerous beings; now he must swear to protect her, but whose side is Missy really on and can he really trust her?
Roi’s dilemma over Missy is fun to watch as their relationship builds; she tries to push him away, but, in a reversal of roles, she also attempts to protect him. I liked their fiery dialogue and discovering more about Missy.
Missy Carter leads a boring, overworked life as a system analyst for the State Department or rather, that’s what she lets everyone believe. In reality, her life is anything but boring. As an agent with the Paranormal Security and Intelligence, she’s seen and done it all. Intelligence is her specialty, assassination is her hobby. The only problem is that the things she spies on don’t die easily. She’s learned to handle anything life can throw at her. That is until the biggest paramilitary pain in her ass shows up . again. Lucky for him, he’s sexy. Roi Majors, second in command of the I-Ops, is having a hard time believing that Intel can only get half the information needed to bring down an underground ring of vampires who are hell bent on creating a race of supernaturals with multiple strands of DNA. As the team looks for answers, Roi searches for sexual release. When he’s paired with the one woman in the world who seems immune to his self-proclaimed charms, he can’t wait to see her to safety and bid her good riddance. He never counted on falling in love with her. And he sure as hell never counted on her claiming to be an agent with a branch of the government no human should know about. Rating: Contains graphic violence, explicit sex, and strong language.
Radar Deception is book three of the series. This is the story of Dr Thaddeus Green and Peren and Missy’s friend Melanie. Green and Melanie appear suited to be a couple, but any relationship they may desire is haunted by ghosts that need to be laid to rest. Melanie’s Fae background and the powers it gives her are also a reason that she is being hunted by a dark force. Green vows to protect her, but will he ever be strong enough, even in his werepanther form?
This was my least favourite of the first three books in this series. A lot of time was spent on background to Green and Melanie; this did give their characters depth, but at the expense of doing little to move the action and danger of the series forward. The series continues in the next book.
Dr. Thaddeus Green survived a werepanther attack long ago, leaving him immortal and a member of the I-Ops team. He’s dedicated his life to genetics and to serving his country. After his mutated DNA led to the death of his loved ones, he vowed to never let anyone close to his heart again. Try as he might, Green is unable to stop the mystical pull to the tall, leggy blonde with a sharp tongue and an even worse bite. Thinking Melanie is suffering from mating withdraw, Green is prepared to do what he must to assure her survival, even if it means claiming her for himself, regardless of his need to protect his heart. Little does Green know that fate has been preparing him for Melanie Daly all his unnaturally long life. When ghosts from the past resurface, in ways he never dreamt possible, the normally mild-mannered scientist finds himself drawing on his inner beast and rage to assure his mate and their future are protected. But even Green can’t fight all of Melanie’s battles for her. Some she has no choice but to face on her own. Rating: Contains graphic violence, explicit sex and strong language.