Series: Linear Tactical #8
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Oak Creek, WY
Also in this series: Cyclone, Eagle, Shamrock, Angel, Ghost, Shadow, Echo, Baby, Storm, Redwood, Scout
Also by this author: Special Forces Savior, Man of Action, Infiltration, Survival Instinct, Daddy Defender, Armed Response, In the Lawman's Protection, Cyclone, Eagle, Shamrock, Angel, Ghost, Calculated Risk, Security Risk, Shadow, Constant Risk, Risk Everything, Echo, Baby, Storm, Redwood, Scout
Extreme sport sensation.
They’re all labels Riley Harrison—known to the world as Phoenix—wears as easily as the tattoos covering his body.
But it’s his role as undercover operative for Linear Tactical’s kidnap and ransom unit that makes his blood sing. Riley uses his celebrity status to help infiltrate locations and situations nobody else can get into.
In. Out. The fight is usually over before the bad guys know it’s begun or that Riley was involved.
But his skills and celebrity status won’t help when he discovers the woman he loves is keeping unbearable secrets and in a danger he never could’ve imagined.
She wants Riley to stay far away from her.
That’s not going to happen.
But he’ll have to be willing to lose everything to save her. To save them.
Phoenix will learn you have to burn before you can rise.
Phoenix is the next book in the Linear Tactical series, but it doesn’t actually involve any of the LT guys! This time, its Riley, an extreme sports youtube star, and Riley, a nurse with a secret. Yep, that’s right-both the hero and the heroine are named Riley. Not confusing at all!
Girl Riley (Wildfire) and Boy Riley (Phoenix) (as they are referred to in the story) were dating. Even though it was long distance (due to Boy Riley’s travels), things were going well. Boy Riley is stunned when Girl Riley breaks it off abruptly. She doesn’t tell him the reason, but its a scary medical diagnosis that she doesn’t want to burden him with. I will say this type of martyrdom is not my favorite play. She is a nurse and knows that everyone with her condition has different experiences. Also, I’m not a fan of not letting the other person in the relationship have a say in what they are or are not willing to handle. Ok, that is my rant!
I liked both characters. Boy Riley was clearly in love and is determined to figure out what the heck happened. And while I may not agree with Girl Riley’s decision, I did understand her fear. Her diagnosis truly is life altering (and permanent). The fear was real. Phoenix doesn’t focus as much on the danger like in the previous LT books but that makes sense considering that neither of the Riley’s are LT employees. The focus is more on their relationship; this is a double edged sword for me because focusing on the relationship means angst and I’m not a fan. But, it also means more character development and deeper relationship building.
Phoenix will delight fans of Janie Crouch because they get glimpses of their favorite LT gang while getting a new couple’s story. The pace is solid and the characters are likable. This is a great pick for a weekend read! If you haven’t started this series, you can grab the box sets for books 1-6 on Kindle Unlimited!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: secrets, long distance, second chance
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
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