Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
A mission she can’t forget…
The first female operative for the counterterrorism unit known as ATCOM, Atalanta Devayne is haunted by a former mission gone wrong. That mission led to her imprisonment, torture and ultimate retirement, along with her loss of faith in the man she’d trusted with her life.
Brings his vengeance…
Former Navy SEAL Noah Kincaid bears the responsibility of Attie’s imprisonment and blames himself for not protecting her from drug lord Carlos Santiago. This time he won’t fail her.
In a deadly game of survivial.
Santiago has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie by taking her brother hostage. The only way to save him is by revisiting the darkness of her past and relying on a man she can’t trust. In a battle of life or death, Noah and Attie are put to the test. They must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.
It took me a long time to really get into this book. I normally love romantic suspense centered around military groups or something similar, but I’m not crazy about books where the female lead is one of the “badass” characters. I’m more a fan of the “damsel in distress” storyline with a badass alpha hero. I don’t know if her being the lone female ATCOM agent turned me off of Attie to begin with or if I just had a hard time becoming invested in this story, but it took until about the halfway point for me to really start to care about what was happening.
As the first woman to become an operative, Attie has to be quicker, smarter and tougher than most women in order to hold her own with her fellow male colleagues. She quickly earned her place among the ATCOM agents and was really good at her job – so good that she was sent undercover to infiltrate drug lord Carlos Santiago’s operation. When team leader Noah Kincaid sent in another agent to help get Attie out, the whole mission went south. Attie was rescued, but her fellow agent was killed and Santiago managed to escape.
Recovered, retired and reclusive, Attie now wants nothing to do with Noah Kincaid or ATCOM. Unfortunately she is forced out of retirement when Santiago kidnaps her brother. Not only does Attie have to face down the man responsible for her nightmares but she has to rely on the help and support of Noah while she does it. Attie has spent the months since her rescue suffering from survivor’s guilt over Seth’s death and blaming Noah for it. She feels like he undermined her by not allowing her to see the mission through. She admires him and respects him, but can’t see herself ever trusting Noah again.
Noah knew something was wrong when Santiago had Attie. He could read between the lines in her reports and his gut instinct told him there was more going on than she was saying, and he wanted her out of there pronto. He would have done the same for any agent on the inside that was in trouble, but Attie refuses to believe that. Even after taking a bullet for her during her rescue, she refuses to see that he never lost faith in her abilities, he only wanted to get to her before it was too late.
Noah’s protective streak for Attie was a mile wide and I loved it. He had no doubts about her ability to carry out her work for ATCOM and never thought about compromising his honor by giving in to his attraction to another agent. Attie was hard to resist, though, and reunited with her once again on the mission to save her brother, Noah sees the parts of Attie she’d hidden from everyone else. The pieces of her she tries to keep locked inside eventually find their way out and that only binds her to Noah even more. In trying to rescue her brother, Noah and Attie are forced to play a deadly game orchestrated by Santiago, who has resurfaced in order to reclaim Attie.
Once the action picked up and Attie started opening up to Noah, I really enjoyed this book. I wish the author would have written more from Noah’s point of view, because I feel like this book was all about Attie: her past haunting her, her inability to trust Noah, her refusal to allow him in, her struggle to stand up to Santiago. I liked the chemistry between Noah and Attie and wished the author had spent more time on their relationship instead of the past reliving itself for Attie with Santiago – but I guess that was all part of her coming full circle and opening up to Noah. The epilogue was great and I was glad to see them find their way through the obstacles between them. I kept waiting for the book to be about Noah, the man, and Attie, his lady, not just ATCOM operatives on a mission and I wasn’t disappointed.
I give The Maze by Jennifer Lowery 3.75 stars!