Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review - Fatal Courage by Misty Evans

Fatal Courage
by Misty Evans
Series: Shadow Force International, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 22, 2016

He ruined her career…

In twenty-one missions, CIA golden girl Ruby McKellen has failed only once. Thanks to Navy SEAL Jaxon Sloan, the man who stole her heart and forced her to choose between him and her partner Elliot, she’s on probation and Elliot is in prison for national security crimes. To prove Elliot’s innocence and save her damaged career, Ruby is running an unsanctioned mission—but the only way to get the proof she needs is to go to Jax with her tail between her legs.

She wrecked his heart…

Jaxon left the Navy after the mission with Ruby in Morocco went south, but that one hot, unbelievable night with her will haunt him forever. Working for Shadow Force International now, his new assignment has brought him full circle—the CIA operative Jax’s testimony sent to prison has escaped and Jax has been ordered to hunt him down. Just like in Morocco, the one thing standing in his way is Ruby.

A second chance at love could prove fatal…

When Ruby’s life is threatened and Jax stumbles on information that might prove Elliot is innocent, guilt over putting the man in prison compels him to join her unsanctioned mission. What really happened that night six months ago? Is Elliot an honorable spy or a mastermind at manipulation? Ruby is the only one who can help Jax navigate the world of undercover lies and betrayal to find the truth.

In a battle of wills—and of hearts—Jax and Ruby must have the courage to face the truth about themselves, their past, and what it really means to betray someone you love.

Another great read that was impossible to put down. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites – great characters and a great balance of romance, intrigue and suspense are wrapped up in some fantastic dialogue and a wonderful world that sets the stage for a fantastic read.

One thing you know is always guaranteed when you pick up a Misty Evan’s book is that there will be not only wonderfully developed main characters, but the secondary characters and even the bad guys are always well thought out and developed. And being a series, it is nice to have the chance to see many recurring characters that give each story additional depth.

Jax and Ruby are quite the pair. When they end up in bed and then have the mission they are working on together go all sorts of wrong, they may part ways, but neither can get the other out of their head. Now that Jax has left the SEALs and joined SFI he finds himself assigned to a case that leads him right back to Ruby…and he is going to help her whether she wants him to or not!
Ruby could take care of herself; she’d proven that. But something inside drove him to protect her anyway.
One night with Ruby and all of Jax’s instincts had gone straight to possession central. She was the drug in his blood he couldn’t shake. No amount of abstinence was going to clear his system. No prescription for another drug would do the trick. He wanted her, now and forever.
One of the things I loved most about this story was that it didn’t take long for both Jax and Ruby to admit that they wanted one another, even if they didn’t share that info right away with each other. There may have been some obstacles in the way and, especially for Ruby, there may have been some things that needed resolution first, but I liked the fact that they both knew what they wanted, which kept the angst level low and allowed the intrigue and suspense of their current predicament take the lead – which in my opinion is what made this such a great read. There were also some great lighter moments in the book which had me laughing out loud, and I especially loved when Jax and Ruby got caught in a compromising position in that B&B…too funny!

I can’t say enough about the secondary characters in this book. Beatrice is one of my all-time favorite heroines and it’s always fun to see her interact with the current hero. And of course her being 9+ months pregnant just added even more to the story. The other members of the SFI team always play some role that adds additional depth and also a bit of humor to each story as well, and I love catching up with them to see what they have been up to.

Fatal Courage is the third installment of the Shadow Force International series and can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend starting this series from the beginning to meet the other members of the team since they have all been great reads. Misty Evans always delivers an extremely well written book filled with just the right mix of romance, intrigue, suspense, and action that should appeal to just about anyone!

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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