A little action and some romance... The Captive by Julie Coulter Bellon (Review)

The Captive (Griffin Force, #1)The Captive
(Griffin Force #1)
by Julie Coulter Bellon
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
December 15th 2015 by Stone Hall Books

Summary

Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications–something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire? 

Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home–including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late?

   
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My Review

THE CAPTIVE was a read with some action and suspense, but mostly about two individuals with a lot to lose and are trying to do the right thing. While I didn't love the book, there was a lot of potential and potential for the ensuing series. The romance built as the two main characters experience some tough things together, which always creates a bond, and then learn to trust each other when they really don't trust anyone.

My biggest issues with the story was the probability of what happened and the way things just didn't work for me realistically. I've read quite a few military-based romantic suspense and always love how strong the characters are and have to be for what they do. Jake definitely fits that persona. Just the interactions and the lack of communication from higher up and then how things come about in the end... It was all to convoluted to me. I mean what Navy trained SEAL would try to stop someone who is a big honcho in his own right when they're under attack to question him and talk when they're supposed to be running to safety. They're trained to be quiet and methodical under pressure. Then there were other things that just didn't fit along with who these characters were supposed to be. Without these issues, it was still an interesting read and I liked the characters overall. It just didn't quite give the the consistency and depth I would have liked in this type of story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This one gets a 3, which means it was just okay, I could take it or leave it.

Content: Some violence, but clean.

Source: Received a complimentary copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not affect my review in any way.

Have you read any romantic suspense recently? Do you like those with a military aspect? Have any recommendations?

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