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Explosive and shocking love story that I couldn't put down
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
John Smith has been living the last few years on Frank Marshall's ranch as a ranch foreman, in his past life was anything but. He worked for an alphabet agency before he became a target. After that, he went to work for Guardian. His life was a good one but his sister's death still haunted him and guilt lurked in the shadows. His sister is the reason why he and Sierra team were in Canada but they didn't find his sister, what they found was a survivor in a room full of sadistic toys made to break a person physically and mentally. Well, Stratus broke her but she was saved from death when John and Sierra team found her instead of his sister.
Shae was an undercover agent for the Mossad. She was captured, humiliated, and beaten. She was giving a death sentence that never came but during her recovery, there were times that she wished she had been dead. She was treated for months and then released to Guardian. She came to the ranch to further her healing. There she met up with John again and her road to recovery really began one small step at a time.
This was a love story first and foremost. There was action but mostly the story concentrated on John and Shae and finding their way to love through her recovery and in a way, his. Ms. Michaels can tell a story for sure. Most of the story takes place back on the ranch in South Dakota and the way it is described makes me want to go and visit. I loved that she included Sasha and Cat in the story because they provided comic relief when the story got a bit heavy due to the subject matter. The two critters' antics reminded me a bit of Tom and Jerry. Shae is a remarkable character and I liked the fact that Ms. Micheals didn't speed up or gloss over what happened to her. She doesn't rush the story and lets it develop in its own time. John is quiet and aloof at times with the others on the ranch and he is awkward when it comes to Shae but both characters were well developed and by the end of the story, I wanted to throat punch the bad guys. Another great story in the series plus we got a taste of stories to come. I can't wait to see what happens next.