Sunday, July 5, 2015

review || ALIVE AT FIVE by Linda Bond

Entangled: Ignite | July 14, 2015 | Romantic Suspense


TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line and cameraman in tow, she follows her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When he dies while skydiving, her investigative instincts scream “murdered”, and lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter.

Zack is an undercover police officer investigating his uncle’s death through the same adventure vacation company. Samantha is a thorn in his side the moment they meet. Not only is she investigating the same case, but the emotionally wounded loner doesn’t want another partner, especially one whose goal is to splash evidence all over the evening news. But Samantha’s persistence is quite a turn-on, and Zack’s overpowering desire makes it harder for him to push her away.

When the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha might be the only one who can save him, forcing the anxiety-riddled correspondent to finally face her greatest fear.

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Samantha and Zack... what can I say about these two...?

What starts out as two people judging the other on what they see, turns into a pretty phenomenal relationship.

When Zack parachutes from a plane and goes in for his landing, he wants to throttle the woman standing in the middle of the landing zone. Instead? He lands pretty much on top of her. After a quick scolding, the reason for her being there for the landing starts a pretty suspenseful journey.

And considering Zack's demons have him considering dire consequences? The journey he sets out on is a (welcome) distraction. Over the past few years, he's lost a few family members to an adventure company and while he'd prefer to end it all and join his loved ones, he doesn't trust anyone else to do the investigation. In a twist of irony, he has these thoughts just before another one of those mysterious adventure company deaths happen.

Right away you get a sense of who Zack is. He considers allowing his shadows to suck him in, but he has the need to see things done right. He hollers at Samantha, and just moments later is protecting her from a not-so-pretty scene.

He only continues to be the protecting alpha male from there, keeping her safe, worrying for her, and standing up for her to people like her boss. I can honestly say I liked Zack right away.

Samantha is a fairly reserved female. She's a reporter who will do anything for a story, and knows how to turn her emotions on and off -- something that irritates Zack to no end. On top of that, she's incredibly shielded. In an attempt to get her to open up, Zack barters with her: one hour of her not being in control, one hour of her trusting him, and he'll share the secrets she's begging for. While she does have hesitations, I liked watching her unfold for him. When she loosened up, Samantha was a very likable character.

The romance was a bit on quick side. Not quite insta-romance, but still quick -- 48-hours quick.

I love a good suspense -- one that I don't quite know what's coming around the corner. I think Samantha figures it out before I do, to be honest. All together, I did enjoy this book.

Can I tell you a secret? I really want to read CUBA UNDERCOVER simply for Zack and Samantha. I'm sure I'll fall for Rebecca and Antonio, but I really want to watch this relationship continue to bloom.

He wasn't the arrogant party boy she'd met at the drop zone, or the hard-assed ex-military cop he wanted to appear. She had fallen in love with the wounded, recovering soul she'd uncovered beneath the facade.

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