Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.
This book is alternatively fantastic and hard to read. To say that Ms. Banks pulled out all the emotional stops would be an understatement. I literally wept from page to page as I read this story.
Ethan is a strong Alpha male who has been mourning his wife for the past year since her death on an aid mission in South America. Compounding his grief? He did something truly terrible before she left—something he was prepared to beg her to forgive him for when she returned. Only she never did.
Surrounding Ethan is a strong cast of characters—his parents and his five brothers—plus two ‘strays’ his huge hearted mother picked up over the years who are also honorary members of the Kelly family.
Rachel, it turns out, is not dead but has been held in horrifying conditions for the last year. A prisoner, she has been forced to become addicted to drugs and abused in the most terrifying ways. As a woman, I found Rachel’s struggles to be very telling. I don’t think there is a female reader out there who won’t feel her pain and have a few moments of horror to think of themselves in the same situation.
Ethan and Rachel are powerful characters who I fell in love with. I’m putting this down as a recommended read but, truly, I think this is one of the top ten best romances novels I’ve ever read.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!