(This review is being reblogged from my review on Goodreads with some modifications and additions)
Publication Date: Dec. 3, 2013
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The One Man She Can’t Have
Matt Dean was born to fight…and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he’s gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho…and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.
The One Woman He Can’t Resist
Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She’s spent years running from her own past—the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt’s strong arms offer her protection, and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she’s ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt’s past and putting everything—and everyone—he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?
This book was so, soooo good. I was unsure at first whether I was going to like it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the hero, Matt, when I met him in Shane’s book, Forgotten Sins, so I knew he wouldn’t be the issue. But the story started a tad slow with some background information. I didn’t know it at the time, but that information would be vital to the action that comes later in the book and I was glad it was there. It suddenly all made sense to me. I love when a book comes together like that and this author certainly excels at it from what I’ve seen.
The author has created such an interesting “world” in this series. It really is scary, what the antagonists have done in their quest for power. And I’m really glad this is only fiction. (At least, I certainly hope it is!) But not only does the author paint this picture of bad guys who are lusting after power and control and will do anything to secure it (and not to mention the psychos they all are and work with) but she balances this with the Dean brothers and the struggles they’ve endured in trying to stick together and stay alive, while also bringing down the ones who hurt them. She did this in the first book, and does the same delicate balancing act here. Matt has had so much responsibility, keeping him and his brothers alive all these years, it would be easy to have him be a real jerk, someone who is so jaded and cynical it takes chapters and chapters to break down those walls. But we don’t get that. Instead we see Matt do what he does best-protect others-and fall in love in the process. And we see that, given the length of time he has to live, he doesn’t waste time. He hangs on to Laney and loves her, even knowing he could die in six weeks. And this, to me was beautiful, because the author really showed his sweet and sensitive side, while still maintaining his awesome bad ass-ery.
And I can’t give away spoilers, so I can’t go into much detail, but I will say that this author did a fantastic job of creating a great story with passion and suspense, and one helluva twist that had my head spinning off my shoulder. I mean, my jaw literally hit the floor. I still can’t believe it, and I finished the book several hours ago.
The epilogue rocked and was a fantastic jump to the next book, Nate’s, and I really hope he gets his HEA. (The teaser chapters of the next book have me waiting impatiently for it to come out! I cannot wait to see what secrets Audrey has been hiding. Just the little glimpse, the little hints the author gave in those few short chapters has me intrigued.) My heart still breaks for Jory. I hope Matt, Shane and Nate find resolution to his “death” soon.
*I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*