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The story flows and the characters are very well rounded.
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This book is very different from the other books that the author has written. Rather than it being very romance driven, and erotic, it is more action/suspense driven. The author has a knack for building stories full of suspense, drama and intrigue. This book is no different. It is full of twists and turns, love, and adventure. Plus it is about a covert group of highly trained and skilled women, which isn't something you read about very often.
This book is centered around Autumn Bennett and Shane Black. Autumn is a member of the all-female covert special ops group, known as The Deadly Flowers, that her family runs and operates. Shane is a covert special ops agent within a secret group of the Department of Homeland Security. While out on a mission, these two meet up accidentally, and Shane is left wondering who the feisty female is. The two are once again reunited later down the road, and so begins their long and complicated road to love. Neither knows who the other really is or what they do exactly, but they keep having run-ins. The more the two are together, the more their chemistry soars. As the two start to get to know one another, they realize that they have a lot in common and start to build something that neither expected. Along the way, their love and loyalties are tested by outside influences hell-bent on destroying them.
I really enjoyed Autumn's character. She was the perfect blend of sweet, loyal, hard-working, and kick*ss. She was the one that everyone turned to for help and support. As a Dr, she had a very kind and open heart, yet she was also skilled in ways that could kill a man with one touch. I thought that she was written perfectly for Shane. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, to take charge, and to put others before herself. While she struggled with her decision to be an active part of the Deadly Flowers versus being a surgeon, when she was in, she gave it her all. I love reading books about women who are strong both mentally and physically. This book has that in spades, as you come to know a little about each member of the team.
Shane was a great character. He started out as a typical "playboy" kind of guy, who wasn't into commitment and settling down. He'd had enough people that he loved taken away from him to really be able to believe in a happily ever after, yet the more he got to know Autumn, the more he realized that it just might be possible. While he was a complete bad*ss in his own right, he was able to work with Autumn and appreciate everything that she and her family were capable of doing, without trying to make them feel inferior. Some men tend to think that they are the only ones capable of protecting themselves and their "women," but while Shane was very protective of Autumn, it came from a genuine place of love rather than power or ego.
As I mentioned before, these two had major chemistry. They had a good sense of humor with one another, they complemented each other perfectly, and were extremely loyal to one another. While in this book romance was a bit secondary to the overall story line, it was definitely there. Especially towards the end, when you see a side of Shane that you would never expect. He will make you swoon.
There were a lot of characters introduced in this story. Each group of covert special ops team members were present many times throughout the book, so you got a look at some of the people up close. Plus you got a little bit of their back story for future purposes. I could already tell which couples I was rooting for (and desperately wanting them to have their own book). I anticipate a lot more crossover between these two groups in the future, based on this story, and for some much loathed villains to return. There were a lot of people to love, to want to get to know more, and to hate. The author always makes some really despicable villains in her books.
I thought that this story was well written and thought out. You could see how each piece of the story came together, and looking back, where it was leading to in the future. All of these little pieces of information that you were given tied together to make for a very interesting and unique story. It is not something that I have read before, and even though I am pretty adept at figuring out plots early on in books, this story still managed to surprise me.
There were a few things that kept me from giving this book a 5-star. Mostly that this book left out some details that I wanted to know more about. There were a lot of times when you would read about the general idea of a mission, or it was discussed very briefly, that I felt should have been expanded upon. For instance, when Autumn goes undercover and disappears. You don't ever know what really happened during that time or what exactly she had to go through. This book spanned a long period of time, as it would often jump ahead months at a time, but I would have liked to know a little bit more about what happened during those periods. How some of the specific events came about, rather than just a general telling.
The second thing, though much smaller in comparison, is the author's use of a specific word during the intimate scenes that really just makes me cringe. It's a word she has used repeatedly in her books, and it really just turns me off and makes me want to skip it. There are just some words that shouldn't be used in writing a romance/sex scene (in my opinion). Maybe the use of the word "pet" (or some variation) isn't something that would bother some, but every time I read it I think of something other than sex. I think of my cats or a dog. Some type of animal. It's not generally a word I would associate with a person. It takes me out of the moment, and even if it is brief, I don't like feeling disconnected from a story at all. Not to mention that the author used this word in a different context later on in reference to ownership of a "pet." So for me, it is contradictory to use it two different ways in the same story.
Lastly, though this wasn't a big problem, sometimes introducing too many characters at once can get confusing on the connections. Though the author often provides a family tree to help you keep things straight, it can be hard to remember unless you go back periodically to check. That's not something I always want to do in the middle of a story. For me, sometimes less is more. I can remember people better when they have a little more to do with the story line rather than being mentioned here and there. Obviously, there are some characters you just can't forget, and don't want to, which is the majority of these characters. This didn't take away from my rating, it is more of an observation.
Overall, though, those few things didn't take much away from the great writing, the amazing characters, and the original story line that leaves you yearning for the next book in the series. Every book that the author writes get better and better. This has become my favorite book, and I look forward to reading more. She always manages to keep me entertained and on edge, to make me want to be a part of the world she so skillfully created, and to make me laugh at the antics of some of the characters. I highly recommend this book, and any other book by the author. She is a truly gifted writer.
I have to say Savannah's writing is fabulous her storylines are fast moving and deep.
Shane and Autumn meet unexpectedly while Shane is on an op and his puzzled by her, when they meet again his enthralled by her, getting to know one another won't be easy as they both work away a lot.
The storyline is based on covert groups - the good guys, expect twists and turns, lots of action, women that know there way around guns, there's also some humour in the banter mixed in for good measure.
Autumn is one kick ass lady as are her cousins, she's so much more than a pretty face and it doesn't take Shane long to discover she's amazing, I loved her! Shane is a skilled man himself and knows how to protect himself and what he cares for, just don't get in his way! His had a lot to deal with and hides a lot of pain, his on my BBF list.
So how did this book make me feel while reading.... It had me clenching in worry for the characters safety at times, then me wanting to high five Autumn for being so awesome, then being swept away by Shane and the ending was just perfect, bought tears to my eyes it was so perfect.
If you can't tell I loved this it has everything you need in a book and I highly recommend.
Five Stars from me.
**I received an arc for an honest review**
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