After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.
Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.
When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.
Worldbuilding: This story was definitely a road trip of sorts! It started out in Louisville, Kentucky, hopped its way to Washington DC, and then decided to take an intense detour down in to Cartagena, Columbia! I liked all of the different settings but sometimes it was a little hard to keep track of where the characters were.
Characters: Colby Winter’s is a member of the Titan Group. An elite team that focuses on black ops missions to help any and everybody in need. His mission was easy: retrieve the package and get out. But unbeknownst to him his package came with a package, a stubborn and beautiful package. Can he race against the clock to save her from the Cartel King or will he and his team be too late? Mia Kensington did not sign up for road tripping hell with a gorgeous but bull headed save the day hero. All she wanted to do was grant her patient’s request but somehow ended up tangoing with the Columbian Cartel. Why all the while falling deeper and deeper for the rugged solider that continually saves her life. Can she have everything that she has ever dreamed? Or will her whole life be ripped away before Colby can save her one last time?
Plot: This story was pretty fast paced and had tons going on! There was one huge thriller/suspense arc spanning the entire book about the Cartel. And the obvious romance arc between Colby and Mia. Honestly their romance happened a lot quicker than I expected it to, especially after knowing each other for less than a day.
Writing: This novel was told in third person points of view of both Mia and Colby. I kind of wish that the story was told in a multi-point of view format, of the other Titan Group members because they seemed ridiculously interesting!!
Curb Appeal: The cover is super rugged and not something I would normally look at but I ended up liking it. The blurb definitely throws the intense, thrilling vibe towards the reader and is pretty spot on. It talks about major points in the book but also leaves a good deal out to surprise the reader.
Ultimately: This isn’t a genera that I read that much of but it was absolutely a good sounding board for the rest of the series. Unfortunately I just couldn’t really connect with the characters all that much. I liked them on the surface but I wanted to know more about the deep down demons. The action part was good and thrilling. I enjoyed that storyline even though it went on longer than I thought it would. In the end if you’re looking for a great action story with some romance thrown in come and check out Winters Heat!
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