April 18, 2023 12:42 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
During the month of March, I read four full-length books, a children’s book, and a short story. All but two of them received four stars and above from me, but there was only one full-length romance that received the necessary five stars from me to become my Book of the Month. It’s the second book in a very popular romantic suspense series by an author that I’ve never featured before. John “Nils” Nilsson and Meg Moore met three years earlier when John was on a mission with his SEAL team to rescue a CIA operative inside Kazbekistan. The team took refuge in the American embassy, and during those days, a friendship formed between John and Meg who was there with her husband, the ambassador, working as a translator. Meg’s marriage was on the rocks due to her husband’s infidelity, and in a moment of weakness before he left, John stole a kiss that neither has forgotten. The two met up again about six months later, when John was in Washington, D.C. to testify at a hearing about the operation and Meg, now separated from her husband, had moved there. The two spent several magical days together deepening their friendship and almost taking it further, but ultimately Meg decided to try to save her marriage. Now Meg is widowed, and her grandmother and ten-year-old daughter have been kidnapped by Kazbekistani terrorists who’ve threatened to kill them if she doesn’t either abduct or kill a Kazbekistani from a rival terrorist group for them. At a party at the Kazbekistani embassy, Meg takes the man hostage and barricades herself inside the men’s room, telling the hostage negotiator that the only person she’ll deal with is John Nilsson. John and his SEAL team rush to D.C. to help, but once they successfully extract Meg and her hostage from the embassy, she tricks them and goes on the run with the man, thinking that the only chance she has to save her daughter and grandmother is to follow the terrorists’ demands precisely. However, she didn’t count on John following her or his stubborn insistence upon helping her. Along the way, the couple reignite their feelings for one another, but will they be able to save Meg’s loved ones without losing their own lives in the process?
John is always kind and gentle with Meg and her daughter, but at the same time, brave and fearless, wanting nothing more than to protect them both with his life. Overall he was a well-rounded hero that I really liked. Clearly Meg was a good mom to be willing to lay everything on the line for her daughter. I’m glad, that she finally let John really help her and let him into her heart, even though she thought their mission was doomed. Their romance is a slow-burn that is a nice combination of sweet and passionate. I really enjoyed both of the two subplots as well. Eve’s WWII story was engaging and romantic. Once they give in to their attraction, Sam and Alyssa are fire together. The suspense plot is extremely well-done. It maintains a nice, steady pace and there are intense parts that kept me on the edge of my seat. My first foray into this author’s work left me with mixed feelings, but I’m so glad I gave her a second chance because this turned out to be a great read. That’s why I’m naming Suzanne Brockmann’s The Defiant Hero as my March Book of the Month. If you enjoy a passionate, alpha, military hero paired with a selfless heroine who would literally do anything for her family, in an emotional and suspenseful story, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
In The Unsung Hero, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO—a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love. . . .
When Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C., by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn't seen her in years, but he's never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn't. . . .
Read my complete review of The Defiant Hero.
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