Series: Men in Uniform #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley on 7 August 2012
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Lieutenant Commander Clint Walker has a very valuable set of plans in his possession which were originally stolen from the Chinese. Desperate to evade the Chinese operatives after him, Clint sneaks on board a cargo ship where he meets Captain Samantha Richardson. The two quickly give into temptation but their snuggle time is interrupted when the ship is hijacked. Clint is clearly a man able to endure an awful lot. He not only swims between two boats in frigid water a number of times wearing gear that doesn’t fit him, he is able to switch from killing people to having sex and back again in quite a short space of time. It was a shame that we never found out that much about Clint’s back story since Samantha’s was fleshed out more. There isn’t that much more I can say about him except that he is your stereotypical military hero, designed to save the day despite impossible odds.
Samantha felt rather two dimensional too. We are told repeatedly how much she values her position as Captain and how scared she is that the job will be taken away from her if anything goes wrong yet she disappears to a hidden compartment on board to have sex with a guy she only just met. She had issues with her father and ex which spilled out into the way she worked and her relationship (if you can call it that) with Clint.
The pace was really uneven with exciting action scenes and then slow as molasses sections such as those where Clint and Samantha worried about not using a condom and how cute the kids would be etc. This juxtaposition was really jarring and I much preferred the high octane stuff. You have to suspend quite a bit of disbelief to enjoy the plot and I wasn’t quite able to do that.
I thought the first book in this series was a little unbelievable but thought I’d give the second a shot to see if things settled down. Unfortunately I think I’m going to make this my last as I still couldn’t quite connect with the plot or the characters.