Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Review - Fatal Thrill by Misty Evans

Fatal Thrill
by Misty Evans
Series: Shadow Force International, #6
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 23, 2018

A family curse, a stolen heirloom, abandoned castles, and lost families draw former SEAL Jon Wolfe and his lover Jaya O’Sullivan into a tangled web of lies, greed, and murder in the next installment of the SEALs of Shadow Force romantic suspense series by USA TODAY bestselling author, Misty Evans.

Bad luck from an Irish family curse has haunted Jaya O’Sullivan all her life. As the New Year kicks off, she wants to believe her luck has changed when she revives her steamy relationship with ex-SEAL Jon Wolfe. When Jaya discovers a pesky stomach virus is no virus at all, she fears telling the commitment-phobic Jon that there’s a baby on the way will bring the worst luck of all.

All Jon has ever wanted is a happy family. Instead, his father’s in prison for murder – and Jon’s the one who put him there. His job is the only thing he has now, and battling depression, he’s terrified to love anyone. Anyone, including the only woman who’s ever made him forget his problems, but the sexy, Gypsy-at-heart, Jaya deserves a better man than he can ever be.

When Jaya’s treasure-hunting father goes missing on an expedition to Ireland to find the infamous O’Sullivan cross, criminals who also want the family heirloom kidnap her brother. Desperate, she must turn to Jon for help. The hunt leads them through abandoned castles and haunted graveyards, but will it lead them home to each other’s arms?

The “SEALS of Shadow Force” Series has become one of my favorites and Fatal Thrill was another great addition to this series. With action, danger, romance, and a cast of characters that have formed a tight-knit family, Fatal Thrill had everything I enjoy when I pick up a book!

Jaya and Jon were just perfect. They met in Fatal Vision and I just knew there was going to be something between these two. Both Jon and Jaya have had some tough times in their past and both are convinced that they are just not meant for a happy ever after – but when they meet each other and fate intervenes these two quickly step up to create their own happily ever after. I’m am not a huge fan of the accidental baby trope, but I really felt that this story would not have been as good without it…well played, Ms. Evans! Jon and Jaya balance each other out perfectly and I loved how they were able to open up to each other and deal with all the things that were thrown at them, including addressing some issues from their past.
“You’re amazing, you know that?”

For the first time that day, she smiled, leaning her head on his shoulder. “I’m batshit crazy, but amazing sounds nicer.”
And getting to spend time with characters from the other books in the series is also a favorite of mine – highlighted in this book by the totally antagonistic relationship that Jaya has with Colton…what fun their bantering was! I love how everyone just accepted Jaya into their group and immediately supported her like she had always been part of their “family”. And it wouldn’t be a review of a book in this series if I didn’t mention my love for Beatrice – one of my all-time favorite characters!

I loved the backdrop of Ireland and all of the lore that Misty Evans has brought into this book. The castles and landscape of Ireland were the perfect setting for the treasure hunt that Jon and Jaya find themselves on and I loved having the lore of the gypsies – both Irish and Romanian – woven into the story. The twists and turns the plot took were just perfect – from unsuspecting family relations to several twists that helped to create closure to events from the past, each turn this story took kept me all-in and wanting to turn the pages.

Another must read from Misty Evans. This can be read as a stand-alone, but I would encourage everyone to start at the beginning so they can get to know the entire SFI team.

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

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