Blurb: You Only Get a Second Chance…
Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he’ll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both…
If You Stay Alive…
Since her husband’s death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn’t think anything could shock her—until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He’s mysterious, intimidating—and undeniably compelling.
Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live—if they can survive.
Review: This entire story, plot, romance, everything was lukewarm at best. There was so much that just didn’t mesh for me that I kept getting pulled out of the story with a “That would so never happen!” reaction and I struggled to get through the whole thing.
The romance part was totally unbelievable for me. Even with the supposed intensity level of the situation, which there just wasn’t enough to justify the level of connection the story expects the readers to go for, I just cannot fathom any realistic level of trust, let alone affection or love that could have come from that situation in the incredibly short amount of time this story takes place in. Morgan supposedly lost her husband a year and a half ago and is so broken by the loss that she is barely living, yet can absolutely and totally fall into love with a complete stranger in under 48 hours. Not buying it.
The plot that the romance is supposed to be based on, while is kind of intense, has very little actual interaction and conversation between the characters or really any kind of situations that would truly force two people to trust each other they way this story wants you to believe. There are a couple, but the very few that are there are also mostly counteracted with events that look untrustworthy. Morgan is supposed to be a PhD in psychology, but comes across as gullible and really kind of stupid as everything that she is presented with gets a “Sure, okay” reaction from her.
Jack is a former Navy Seal, yet is so far from an actual badass that is is kind of funny. The fact that he got caught, didn’t know he was being followed by people that end up looking like bumbling fools by the end of the book is ridiculous. He comes across as being pretty stupid for someone that is supposed to have had some seriously elite military training. You can’t just say someone is a Navy Seal in a book without backing that up with the actual talent and have the story work.
The author also committed a cardinal sin in my book with regards to a romance and allowed her characters to have unprotected sex (which I was kind of wondering why these parts were even in the story as they were far from steamy and really bland, more like filler). Again, the characters didn’t even know each other for barely over a day and it wasn’t even discussed? Hell, they weren’t even in the middle of crazy action and thinking they were going to die. They had made it to a safe and secure location, there was nothing currently going on, yet they so didn’t even think about it. Before or after. Multiple times. Another example of them both being incredibly stupid characters.
Everything in this book felt forced and that the thoughts for the plot and romance of the story were far from fleshed out. There was an awful lot of time spent with the bad guys and not much of that seemed all that relevant to the plot, again, filler. So yeah, I think that lukewarm is probably a compliment.