Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: Forged in Smoke by Trish McCallan

Publication Date: July 19th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

About the book:

Faith Ansell could never be mistaken for an action hero. The scientist is content in her lab, working with her team on life-changing discoveries. But when a mysterious organization captures her colleagues, she’s forced to flee for her life with SEAL Team 7.

Lieutenant Seth “Rawls” Rawlings, ST7’s corpsman, hasn’t been himself since a near-death experience in the Sierra Nevadas. He’s tense and distracted, and the team caught him arguing with himself—loudly. Despite his erratic behavior, Rawls is the only one Faith feels comfortable confiding her life-threatening secret in.

But Rawls has a secret of his own: his wasn’t the only spirit to return to the physical plane when he was resuscitated. At first, Rawls assumed the “ghost” he saw and heard meant he was having a complete mental breakdown. But the apparition soon becomes convincingly real, and what’s more, he may be the key to the conspiracy looming over them. Rawls had better act quickly because ST7’s race to save their reputations—and Faith’s life—is on.
My Thoughts:
Faith Ansell is a brilliant scientist, and her work made her the target of a ruthless group intent on taking her research.  When her colleagues are kidnapped, SEAL Team 7 swoops in and rescues Faith, and now they’re in hiding, planning their next move.  In the midst of all this, Faith has a medical issue and needs help from one of the team’s members, Seth Rawls.  He’s sexy, and intimidating and Faith’s overcome with a wild attraction every time he’s near. Trouble is he seems to be having a crisis of his own. 

Seth was at death’s door until Kait and Cosky stepped in.  But Seth didn’t come back alone, and now he’s being haunted by a malevolent ghost who grows more powerful with every day that passes.  Seth needs to figure out how to get rid of this spirit before he can harm his other teammates or the civilians they now have staying with their group.  His attraction to the sweet, sexy scientist is not a complication Seth wants right now, but he can’t seem to stay away from her.

I LOVE this series! The combination of mystery, action, suspense and romance is well done and the stories have been pretty fast paced and exciting!  While the series is connected with an ongoing story arc/mystery, each book centers on one of a team mate’s romance.  There’s a paranormal element in each of the books, Zane, Cosky, Beth, and Kait all have a particular gift that has come in handy for their mission, and I think more is to come.  They’re up against a powerful group, so they’ll need all the advantages they can get!

I’m eagerly looking forward to Abby and Mackenzie’s story!  I’m very worried for Abby’s sons. Abby’s been through so much, but still remains strong and very capable! I love a kick-ass woman, and Mackenzie needs someone who can go toe to toe with him!

I received and e-copy for review, but I couldn't resist buying the audio version since Luke Daniels was narrating.  He is one of my all-time favorite male narrators, and as usual his performance only enhanced my enjoyment! I went back and forth between audio and e-copy.

4.5 Suns

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1 comment:

  1. Great review Rachel! I am definitely adding this to my TBR -- this series sounds like the perfect combo and I've had such success with Montlake releases lately! ♥