Not what I expected!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 😟😣🙃🙂🥰
The heroine: Vanessa – Her father is a shady character who offers her hand in marriage in exchange for a debt he owes, so she goes to Reed Security for protection, and specifically requests Cazzo since she has the hots for him.
The Hero(es): Sam Galmacci (a.k.a. Cazzo) – He fell for Vanessa while protecting her for Reed Security and wakes up in the hospital after having been shot. Cazzo is used to being in control and his recovery isn’t going like he wants so he is not a happy camper.
The Story: Cap asks Cazzo to protect Vanessa again though he has doubts about his ability to protect himself much less someone else. I love this series and all the characters, but sometimes I hate books about overcoming adversity like this. Because before the character overcomes, they have to be in the adverse situation for some time, in a static condition.
I couldn’t feel bad for Cazzo because he was too busy feeling bad for himself. Though I know (from experience) that it sometimes takes a while to deal with a medical situation that isn’t progressing how you would like and every person is allowed to dwell in it for a while and do the whole “why me?” thing.
In this case it could have been so much worse and being former military I am sure he has seen much worse. So he was shot and it was a pain in the butt to have to learn to walk again, even more so because it was taking longer than he hoped. But at least he has two legs and he has feeling in them, so he will walk again. Millions of people are worse off.
Don’t get me wrong though. I don’t mind books where the main character is handicapped, blind, deaf, or anything like that. I just like it when they are strong and not in a funk about the situation. Though I do realize people have every right to go through a period like that, I just don’t feel the need to read about it. Though I didn’t want to miss any of the other storylines in this book, so I read on.
It turned out the book was good. Though a very big part of it was about Sam’s troubles getting on his feet again. This book takes place during the same time period and the first two books, Sinner and Cap. So we saw a lot of the same things happen as in those books, but from a different point of view and relative to Cazzo and Vanessa’s lives.
This book was steamier than Cap and Maggie’s tale and I liked the relationship between Sam and Vanessa. Though there were aspects I didn’t like as much. The humor and camaraderie between the guys at Reed Security was there. Which I really like throughout the series.
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