Series: Linear Tactical #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Oak Creek WY
Also in this series: Eagle, Shamrock, Angel, Ghost, Shadow, Echo
Also by this author: Special Forces Savior, Man of Action, Infiltration, Survival Instinct, Daddy Defender, Armed Response, In the Lawman's Protection, Eagle, Shamrock, Angel, Ghost, Calculated Risk, Security Risk, Shadow, Constant Risk, Risk Everything, Echo
He'd protect her from any threat... But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Griffin is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac's years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he's created a company--Linear Tactical--to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he'd ever want to hurt, afraid of him?
Zac's determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes--his mistakes--that put that look there in the first place.
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons...
I’m not even gonna lie, Cyclone had tears slowly streaming down my face the entire time I read! My heart hurt for Anne in a way words can’t express. She had a terrible childhood which bled into a terrible adulthood. Her life was a blend of bullies and bad luck. And to know that Zac was one of those hurtful people was just too much.
Zac was married to Anne’s best (and only) friend, Becky. Becky died in a car accident while Zac was overseas in the military. After high school, Anne went to college, then medical school, but had always stayed close to Becky. After a night that Zac doesn’t even remember, Anne left Wyoming for parts unknown. Now they are both back in their small Wyoming hometown and not much has changed for Anne-most people don’t remember her and those that do are not nice about it. But, Anne has nowhere to go. She is divorced and totally broke. She is already about as down as someone can get, yet these people just keep kicking her! I’m not kidding when I say I just wept the whole time because Anne just had the worst life!
I struggled with Zac a great deal. First, I am not really a big fan of the widower trope because the new lady is always competing with a ghost. But, when that new lady is really the wife’s best friend, its even more difficult for me to buy into. Zac also didn’t handle things well and he hurt Anne. When I say he hurt her, it would have been LESS painful if he physically hurt her. What he did was more painful than any physical beating. Personally, I could never get over what happened between them and just never fully invested in Zac as a hero.
You need to read Cyclone for Anne. I’m not a person who likes to read books with all the feels, but this book reminds me why books with the feels are so powerful. Cyclone tore me up emotionally and created a character in Anne I will not forget anytime soon. I can’t remember wanting a happy ending for a character more than I wanted it for Anne. Read Cyclone with tissues because it made my non-feels catching heart hurt like I couldn’t believe! I’m excited for what Crouch has in store for the rest of the Linear Tactical family!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: yes….so many
- Trope: widower, small town
- Triggers: View Spoiler »There is a serial rapist attacking women in the town « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler