- Series: Alpha Security (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Forever (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455539481
- ISBN-13: 978-1455539482
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holding Fire (Alpha Security) Mass Market Paperback – March 28, 2017
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April blames her incurable chocolate addiction on growing up in rural Pennsylvania, way too close to America's chocolate capital, Hershey. She now lives in Virginia with her college sweetheart husband, two young children, and a cat who thinks she's a human-dog hybrid. On those rare occasions she's not donning the cape of her children's personal chauffer, April's either planning, plotting, or writing about her next alpha hero and the woman he never knew he needed, but now can't live without.
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Trey is in Thailand waiting to get his assignment from his secret former military members Alpha group, when a hot blonde comes up to him at the bar. After one night he knows she's the one he's been waiting for. However, Elle doesn't want to be controlled by anyone ever again and pulls a ditch and run on him.
Trey can't believe it when protecting Elle turns out to be his assignment but now he has even more reasons to never let her out of his sight.
With Elle in danger and a villain lurking in the shadows, Trey has his work cut out for him protecting her and convincing her that sometimes one night stands can last for a lifetime.
"The ship Uncomplicated has already sailed, sweetheart. It is so damn far out to sea, Poseidon himself can't ******* track it. Get complicated with me, Elle. What do we have to lose?"
Second in the Alpha Security series, Holding Fire turns the focus on former Delta Force Trey. If you read my review for the first in the series Heated Pursuit, you'll know the hero was my favorite part of that story. Unfortunately, Trey didn't have the same impact on me as Rafe did. Trey had a bit of insta-lust/love for Elle right away and his character was centralized on getting her to accept they meant to be more than a one night stand. We know at age thirty-four he is done with meaningless sex and wants to start a family and he has a good relationship with his mom. We get scenes of him teasing and getting teased by his Alpha Security buddies and two or three scenes with his mother but I missed a fuller character. I think my disappointment with Trey was because the story itself didn't have a rounded out feel.
The story starts off great with push and pull between Elle and Trey then the added danger of who is trying to kidnap/kill her. However, in the pursuit to keep the reader guessing as to who and why Elle is being targeted, the villain remains deep in the shadows and they kind of become a non-entity in their own suspense story. There is a decided lack of action, until the very end, and after the third or so time Elle is almost captured, I'd be side-eyeing and asking to see Trey's credentials. Most of the story had a very rinse and repeat with how Elle was in danger and her resistance to Trey.
Elle started off as a character I really wanted to know, with her I've been screwed over by my father and fiancé but I'm grabbing life by the horns now attitude. Like with Trey though, the story didn't have enough substance to support her and she ended up kind of becoming annoying with every fifth line out of her mouth along the lines of "I'm in charge of my own life." Which is a great attitude to have, but in the beginning I just wanted her to maybe listen to the professionals trying to keep you alive and later it was more about her incessantly and blindly rejecting Trey, even though she inherently acknowledged she had feelings for him. It was a conflict that started 5% into the story and continued until 95%, way too dragged out.
With the story being a bit flimsy, little imperfections jumped out at me more. Trey's nickname of "sweetness" for Elle seemed just a bit overused and the British team member's continuous use of "bloody" and "love" seemed overdone as if the author really wanted to keep reminding us she was British and this was the only way she knew how. Even though it was only done twice, I'm super done with the whole women in "tight clothing" thrusting their boobs on the poor hero's chest and aggressively flirting with him, regardless if the heroine is right beside him, as was the case once. At least have these women be more suave and do it behind the heroine's back every once and a while. I kid, but I hope you all know what I mean.
The action storyline was lukewarm, it was tiring how long and often the conflict was only the heroine's, at first empowering but then exhausting, "I can't because I must be independent!", and this story wrapped up with just about the most perfect bow you could tie. Seriously, you will be tempted to roll your eyes and I think the author missed an opportunity to write a moving and emotional scene dealing with an issue not commonly found in romance, but fairy tale fans will probably like it as much as I didn't. The charm and heart I talked about in the first did peek out a couple times but the purpose of the story just wasn't there. There are plenty of Alpha guys and gal waiting in the wings and I'll still hang around to give this author another try because her style does lend to romantic suspense fun and hotness. This one in the series didn't match my tastes but the promise of another hero like Rafe will carry me over to the next.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Trey Hansen and his team of Alpha Security are in Thailand awaiting the full details of the protection job they have been assigned, so they decide to let off a little steam at the local watering hole while they wait. At 34 years old, Trey has been starting to feel the need to settle down rather than engaging in a continuous string of meaningless hookups especially since his sister got engaged to one of his best friends. When the petite blond beauty approaches him in the bar with a promise of a fun night in her eyes, he decides to take her up on it even as he feels like she could be something more. He has no idea how that decision will complicate his life in the near future!
Elle has lived her life under the controlling and domineering thumb of her father, a US Senator who is more interested in what everyone can do for him, including his only child, than in how he can serve the people he was elected by. For years she played the part of the Stepford daughter, but when she catches her hand selected fiance with his pants down in the company of his secretary and she is told to just deal with it, she finally snaps. She calls off the engagement, enrolls in nursing school and takes a job halfway across the world defying her father and all the expectations placed on her. The intensity of the man she chooses for a night of fun both thrills and scares her, but she is determined to live her life with some independence giving no man that much control over her ever again. When the world goes crazy around her and she is held at gunpoint by a would-be kidnapper, she is stunned to see Trey coming to her rescue- but that shock is quickly replaced by anger and annoyance as he starts barking orders without any explanations as he hustles her into a car and out of the area with one of his friends. Betrayal rapidly follows when she realizes she is a job to him and he kept that fact from her when they hooked up... despite the fact Trey had no idea she was the object of their protection mission at the time.
And let the struggle begin! Trey has his work cut out for him convincing her that he is not like every other man she has known including her father and her ex-fiancee (who doesn't want to take the hint about the "ex" part by the way). Elle wants to trust him but his alpha tendencies automatically grate on her nerves out of pure rebellious instinct and she has to work to lock down that reaction. Penny and Charlie, the only two females at the Alpha Security headquarters, quickly take her under their wing and it is not long before they are encouraging her to give Trey and the team a run for their money and sanity!
Trey and Elle have a chemistry that is palpable, and despite the constant push and pull Elle initiates they were a lot of fun to read about. Trey is a genuinely good guy at heart, and when it comes to alpha dominant and protective instincts, he has them in spades. The danger to Elle is real and the whole team has to focus on discovering the source, but Trey finds a way to give Elle some lighthearted and fun moments even as he keeps chiseling away at the walls around her heart. She has a reason for putting those concrete barriers in place though and she is certain that Trey will run the other way as soon as he finds out her secret.
Holding Fire was one of those books that flew by as I flipped the pages and I read it in the space of just a few hours. I love the whole Alpha Security team and I am absolutely dying to read Charlie's story! She is snarky and able to hold her own in the boys' world she operates in, but for all her bravado I am betting she goes down hard when she finally gives into the chemistry between her and one of the other team members. In the meantime, if you are looking for some hot, sexy fun amidst action packed moments, then grab yourself a copy of Holding Fire and buckle in for the ride!
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