Series: Linear Tactical #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Cyclone, Eagle, Angel, Ghost, Shadow
Also by this author: Special Forces Savior, Man of Action, Infiltration, Survival Instinct, Daddy Defender, Armed Response, In the Lawman's Protection, Cyclone, Eagle, Angel, Ghost, Calculated Risk, Security Risk, Shadow, Constant Risk, Risk Everything
Every mission has a price.He never meant for her to pay it.
Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he's forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.
Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.
She won't be a victim again. And she's going after what she wants: Aiden.
Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her--let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress--even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.
But when they discover the danger they thought they'd left behind is closer than ever, they'll have to face their deepest fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.
***SHAMROCK is a stand-alone steamy romantic suspense, set in the LINEAR TACTICAL series. Meet the former military men of Linear Tactical, and the women who bring them to their knees:The strongest fall the hardest.
A "less-steamy" version of this book (same great story but with toned down language and sensual scenes) is available on Janie's website: janiecrouch .com ~ If you like the heat level of Janie's Harlequin Intrigue books, you'll love the "less-steamy" version of the Linear Tactical series!
Shamrock tackles a fairly dark subject: human trafficking. Violet was kidnapped and held by a group of traffickers. She isn’t forced into sex, but she is assaulted and tortured. However, the guys from Linear Tactical save the day. As you can imagine, the story doesn’t end there.
Aiden, aka Shamrock, knows Violet needs his help and he isn’t going to leave her behind. This is another “insta-love” kind of story because Aiden feels drawn to her immediately. Once he saves her, he wants to be in her life. But, when she offers herself to him, he declines….men. Aiden decided that she was too young and too recently traumatized to be making decisions. I hate heroes who make decisions for the heroines. Violet is smart and tough; Aiden treating her like she can’t make her own decisions is just rude. Then, he does it AGAIN later in the story. It was irritating. However, Violet is delightful! She is incredibly bright and hard working. After her trauma, she realizes she doesn’t want to be a chemical engineer any more. Her passion is baking and she is going to open her own bakery. The story of Violet’s growth and rise from trauma is the captivating part of Shamrock for sure. Aiden isn’t a bad hero; I even understand why he did some of the things he did. However, I wished he would have been more thoughtful with some of his actions.
Shamrock is perfect for fans of romantic suspense and those who want to see a heroine rise above her trauma. Violet is a wonderfully written character that will snag the hearts of readers. Also, if you read her Omega Sector series, you will love the little cameo mention!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: kidnapping, small town
- Triggers: View Spoiler »human trafficking « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
“We need to get you away from this wall,” Aiden whispered.
“I have a rescue team outside. We just want to make sure you’re safe if things get a little more rowdy than we planned.”
Violet tried to stand but her body had taken too much damage today. Too much trauma. Her muscles just wouldn’t work. “I can’t seem to move. I’m sorry.”
He reached down and scooped her into his arms.
“Wait! I’m too heavy.”
He kissed her forehead, keeping her high against his chest as he crossed the room. “Featherweight.”
The way he moved so quickly with her, so easily, she almost believed him.
He set her gently on the ground behind him, then pressed something on his neck. “Control, Shamrock. We’re on the south wall. You’re clear to breach.”
He helped ease her down so she was sitting low on the floor. Then he crouched in front of her, pulling her head against his chest and wrapping his arms around her.
“What’s going to happen?” she whispered. “Is it going to be loud?”
“Not if everything goes the way we expect it to. But keep your head down just in case.”
His big body was surrounding her on just about every side. Anything that was going to hit her was going to have to go through him first. “What about you? Are you bulletproof or something?”
“My mom always said I had a hard enough head to stop a bullet. Plus I have a Kevlar vest. So we should be okay.”
They sat in silence for a few moments. “Maybe at some point after this we could meet each other when I actually have some clothes on. You know, just to try something different.”
His deep chuckle was enough to almost make her forget the situation. Make her forget her body had been so abused that she couldn’t even make her muscles move at her command. That this man, whose name she wasn’t sure she actually knew, had seen her naked multiple times. “That’s a deal,” he whispered. “And I’m sure Gabe has clothes for you in the van.”
The thought of having to walk, or be carried, naked even in front of the good guys sent ice through her veins. She wanted to ask Aiden to help her, but the man was already shielding her body with his own. What more did she really want?
But she couldn’t be naked again in front of a group of strangers. She couldn’t stand it. Her throat started to close, making breathing impossible.
A finger trailed up and down her cheek. “It’s going to be okay. We’re going to get you out of here. Just hang on for a few more minutes, sweetheart, all right?”