Heartfelt and emotional, this love story may be part of a romantic suspense series but its focus is on finding love after loss. Pairing a new widow with the man who was on the mission that took her husband’s life, it’s a somewhat somber and serious read that will tug on your heartstrings. If you’re not caught up on the series, you won’t have any trouble jumping right into the mix, though those who are familiar with the characters may have a richer experience. It’s a quick, tender read that shows another side to Bennett’s work, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
The story follows Malik, a private military specialist who is just returning from a mission gone wrong. He was captured, tortured, and has spent the last several months living a grave reality. Upon returning home, he’s wrestling some demons, including the belief that he’s responsible for the deaths of two of his teammates. One of those teammates left behind a pregnant wife, Anna, who Malik has to face at work. He expects the relationship to be difficult, but Malik and Anna bond over their shared grief, quickly becoming friends and then straddling the line into something more.
I loved that these two are friends first, building up the emotional connection and communicating openly. We see both of their vulnerabilities and the obvious hangups they have about starting up a relationship. Not only is Anna a brand new mother, but she also hasn’t been widowed for very long, so moving on with one of her husband’s teammates is especially complicated. Anna and Malik are both good people and their connection is obvious, so I wanted to seem them find happiness. I did struggle a bit with the timeline because these two seem to work through their grief in a matter of days, and I think the story could’ve benefited from a few more romantic scenes. That being said, I liked the story a lot and finished it in one sitting. We get a peek at a future love story, and I am definitely excited to see how that one plays out. I received an ARC via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt romance.
Code Name: Ghost (Jameson Force Security, Book #5)
Release Date: June 30, 2020
I knew the risks of this job when I signed on with Jameson Force Security. Knew my time as a marine would prepare me for the danger I would face. But no amount of training could have ever prepared me for the helplessness of watching my teammates die, the agonizing mental and physical pain of torture, or the despair of captivity.
Returning home to Pittsburgh following a mission gone wrong, I am riddled with guilt and haunted by nightmares. I spend my days trying to regain the parts of myself I lost in that desert, the pieces that made me the Malik Fournier I once was. While the physical effects of my torture are fading, the emotional ones are proving much more stubborn and I find solace from the last person I should ever seek such comfort.
Anna Tate lost even more than I did in that mission. Now a widow and a single mom to the daughter she gave birth to shortly after her husband’s death, Anna offers me comfort I don’t deserve. As my feelings for Anna grow, I worry that once she learns the truth about what happened, she’ll turn her back on me.
I pull her to me just as tightly as I push her away. Hoping this forbidden love will save me from the ghost I’ve become.
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A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.
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