By Emmy Curtis
A sexy stranger
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again-let alone need him to rescue her . . .
An explosive night
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk the lives of his team to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy-until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. Even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in, he can’t deny the desire. This might be the end for both of them-or one hell of a beginning.
Grace is Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has no family or friends, so she has spent the past four years following troops in Afghanistan, reporting on their lives, the risks they face, the ravages of war, whatever calls to her that she thinks would make a great and honest story. On a routine patrol, their convoy is attacked and they require air support to get the troops safely back to base. During the firefight, Grace is separated from the patrol and when they realise they’ve left her behind, another rescue is required to locate and extract her. Enter Josh, her one night stand from three years ago.
When Josh realises the woman he’s been fantasising about for three years is the missing journalist, he’s disappointed and quickly tries to distance himself from her. He believes all journalists are the same, not caring who they put in danger as long as it gets them the headlines and fame they’re after. Regardless of his feelings, he has a job to do and a woman to return safely to base. But their attraction from three years ago quickly resurfaces and despite the dangers around them, and his hatred of her profession, they can’t seem to keep their body parts to themselves.
I liked Grace, but Josh frustrated me a little. Grace is a strong, smart and independent woman and I loved that she was able to surprise Josh with just how useful she could be when the situation called for it. She may not be a soldier, but she’s seen and endured her fair share of devastation throughout the past four years, and that has made her respectful, level headed and calm under pressure. She’s definitely not a bimbo or a cry baby. Poor Josh was a very conflicted man, wanting Grace badly but unable to get his head around her job. As soon as he had her, he went back to treating her so coldly and with no respect that I wished Grace would have punched him, because he deserved nothing less. But he redeemed himself at the end and that’s all that really matters.
Dangerous Territory was a fairly quick read and a well written debut novel from Emmy Curtis. This is a novella, so everything happens pretty quickly, from the sex, to the action, to the ending. But I enjoyed it and would read more books from this series and the author.
Dangerous Territory (Alpha Ops # 1)
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