Danger appears almost immediately in the sixth To Protect and Serve book, and threats only become more unpredictable as the story progresses. Neve Michaels is on a Coast Guard search and rescue team, so she often has to take risks to save others. But when her own family is endangered because of something she did, nothing will stop the gutsy woman from protecting them, even at much cost to her. Though she is planning to work alone, one man is not willing to let her life be jeopardized regardless of what she says. Frequently at odds when it comes to decisions, these two individuals will experience a series of events where death could occur in an instant. I worried about their safety so many times, as Karen Anders takes them on a journey packed with unanticipated peril. HER ALPHA MARINE captivates with dangerous adventures and explosive conflicts.
After being injured on a rescue mission, Coast Guard swimmer Neve Michaels is eager to get back to work. While impatiently waiting for her recovery time to be over, she receives a cryptic note and then is physically attacked. During the confrontation, Neve discovers an illegal weapons dealer called White Falcon wants her and anyone close to her to suffer. Unfortunately, her brother’s best friend, Russell “Rock” Kaczewski, knows about the incident, and the former marine is determined to make sure she is protected, even though she insists his assistance is not wanted.
When Neve learns her enemy is possibly somewhere near Panama, she decides to take care of the threat on her own, thus keeping others safe. But Rock is not going to let her prevent him from helping, even if she tries to deceive him. Both are equally unyielding when it comes to reaching their goals, especially Rock as he has strong unspoken feelings for Neve. He is also a man who does not give up easily, even when someone thinks what is being done is for the best.
There is little down time in HER ALPHA MARINE, and I quickly became caught up in the many harrowing situations that Rock and Neve had to face. From the first indication of something being wrong to the last altercation, I was concerned about their future and if they would actually have the chance for a relationship. Their time in the jungle is especially demanding, as they had to fight not only various enemies but the environment as well. A jungle setting is one of my favorite locations for a suspenseful story to take place, and this couple definitely has many issues to overcome. Karen Anders has created a very realistic locale for Rock and Neve to tackle, and I felt as though I was right there with them on numerous occasions.
The couple also had to deal with around-the-clock sexual tension, and the desire each felt for the other was only waiting for one tiny spark to ignite. Rock has hid his feelings for Neve for a long time, and he is secretly ready for a more stable life. She is all about proving herself, and a few of her earlier choices are a little misguided. Yet she does come to realize the value of teamwork, and I liked seeing her work through these inner battles. There are more books coming in the To Protect and Serve miniseries, and I could not be happier.
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Series: To Protect and Serve
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: February 1, 2017
Author website: http://www.karenanders.com/
Rating: 4 Stars