Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors.
Four years later ...
On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It's the woman he's been looking for and dreaming about for so long.
After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. in one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.
This book works as suspense on so many levels. Cooper makes a great sympathetic main character as she starts the story having survived so much already. Getting shot down in her helicopter, hiding for four years, barely getting rescued, and now she's being framed for murder. But she's got her father and a Navy SEAL on her side, as well as the determination to prove herself innocent so she can see the daughter she hasn't seen in four years. Working together in the brief time they have together, it soon becomes apparent that there is a conspiracy at play and if the;y don't get to the bottom of it, both Cooper and Axe could pay with their lives. Peterson has done a nice job creating an interesting scenario with both great characters and obstacles galore. I enjoyed reading the story and how Cooper and Axe fall in love along the way. It's clear the author worked hard to get the military and other details right, which I always appreciate as it makes the book more believable.
Right from the start, I was on edge. Cooper is a helo pilot for the Navy and when her helicopter is shot down in enemy territory, it's a dangerous situation. But suddenly, the story skips forward to four years later. I was a little disappointed, but not for long. The story has flashbacks to her time in Afghanistan, but immediately propels Cooper into a new situation that's almost just as dangerous. The ebb and flow of suspense had me constantly wondering what would happen next.
Axe, Cooper's rescuer, shows up at a critical time and is her rock in clearing her name. I found his matter-of-fact personality endearing, especially in the way he interacts with her and her father. I love a good romance with a solid leading man. Cooper is someone so different from me--she's got some serious grit and isn't afraid of danger. I hated the sheriff. How could someone like him be voted into that position?
I thought the war portion was well done and really made me think. My only issue was that sometime things were moving along pretty slowly and then suddenly, events are happening almost too fast--I guess I wanted something a little more steady, especially towards the ending, which felt a little rushed. Overall, I thought it was a great suspense with a fun romantic element. I was immersed in the story from start to finish.
Content: mild war flashbacks, mild violence (not too graphic); mild romance; very mild religious elements; talk of being drunk.
*I received a copy through the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
This suspense novel is a page-turner. Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane was shot down over Afghanistan in a helo-mission to capture a Taliban terrorist and was assumed dead for four years before she was rescued by two Navy SEALs. But everything and everyone she cared for before her fatal mission has changed as she returns to her former life. Her husband and daughter have moved on, her father has a secret he’s not sharing, her mother is dead, her best friend acts awkward around her. Nothing is as it was before. But when she’s framed for the murder of her former husband, she doesn’t know who to trust except for Axe, the Navy SEAL who saved her life in Afghanistan and hopefully, can save her again. To prove her innocence, they have to run for their lives in a race against time and evidence stacking up against her. This book chained me to my couch and didn’t let me go until I finished. Seriously—talk about a hostage situation. This book was merciless with its non-stop action, tough, but likable characters, and surprising twists and turns. Absolutely loved it! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This book was amazing! I loved the way that the plot kept me on the very edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. I loved the way you never knew just who the main character could trust. Can you trust Cooper's former best friend? The Navy SEAL who rescued her? Her own father? Even the local sheriff could have been the killer! I just never quite knew.
I liked Cooper. The way this book is written you see things from Cooper's point of view, her dad's and Axe's, the Navy SEAL, and I loved the way that enhanced the plot. It was kind of fun that the way you knew just what had happened to Cooper was the series of flashbacks that she has during this whole experience. I loved that some of the time, Cooper didn't even know what had happened to her until she experienced one of these.
Axe and Cooper's dad are great characters too. I loved that they both had secrets they were trying to keep from Cooper and really everyone around them. Those secrets, in some cases end up tying into the plot and helping everything make sense at the end of the book and in some cases, they don't have a whole lot to do with the plot.
This book has tons of intrigue and action in it and you'll be surprised by just who the villain was in the end, I know I was!
I really loved reading this book! It grabbed my interest from the very beginning and just didn't let up.
We get to know Cooper and Axe through current circumstances as well as flashbacks. The flashbacks really help us understand the struggle and the bonding these two went through.
If I could summarize Cooper's life in one sentence it would be: What a mess. Honestly, What. A. Mess. Her helicopter goes down in Afghanistan and everyone in her crew dies leaving her the lone survivor hiding in a remote village. Little does she know that in the four years since as she has tried to just survive, back home she has been declared dead and her husband has married another to help raise their daughter that doesn't even know her. See? It's a mess. But that's not all. Cooper is suffering from PSD, her husband is killed and then she realizes that someone is trying to kill her. But the local sheriff thinks Cooper is the killer. Oy. Axe shows up and he and Cooper are off on mission to discover what is really going on. It's a crazy ride!
In my mind I kept thinking, "how much can one woman take?!" I still wonder but at least Cooper had Axe and her father on her side. They were her rocks and the steadying influence when her whole world was crashing down. I loved them both.
This book has a bit of everything. Suspense, danger, drama, action. It was really good. I read through this book so quickly because I just didn't want to put it down. Yay! I love when that happens.
Content: No swearing or sexual scenes. Some kissing, some violence. There is some mention of the LDS religion and some talk of praying and God but nothing overly preachy.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was under no obligation to review and all opinions expressed are my own.