Joanna is a soldier. Just call her Mac. She’s used to being one of the guys, and keeping her personal life just that. After a glorious vacation with a man named Louie, she disappears. He tries to find her but can’t. She kind of gave him misinformation about herself, including her name. Now starting another assignment in Iraq to finance her father’s care in a home for Alzheimer’s patients, she is unpleasantly surprised by the identity of her new commanding officer. It seems her lover on her vacation was less than honest himself. He’s her new boss.
Louie Lithgow is done with being a mercenary. After this last contract he’ll have enough money to retire and maybe buy a hotel on the beach. Smooth sailing and no worries for the rest of his life. He’ll just need to find his lover Joanna to complete the picture. But Joanna finds him first, and she’s not the woman he remembers. This Joanna is Mac, and she’s all business.
Honesty is the best policy. While both Joanna and Louie concealed their true selves out of a need for privacy, it seems fate had something different in store for them. Now forced into close contact, they find they can’t ignore what drew them together in the first place. The flame they started on vacation burns even hotter in the desert with the added drama of life and death situations and adrenaline. When you almost get shot, you need a release. And Mac and Louie know just the solution. Now both are forced to share parts of themselves, even if they don’t want to. And while some revelations are painful, others are not. And two people who trust few learn to trust one more.
Hot, hot and a little hotter. This was a phenomenal read. Not just your standard woman, Mac was a woman with honor and a really overdeveloped sense of responsibility. She puts her life on the line every day to take care of the man who raised her. Burned once by a lover who couldn’t handle her convictions, she’s wary and reserved. But Louie won’t have any of it. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this read, and read it very quickly. Not to be missed.