When the Mission Ends #2
Published January 4, 2013
308 pages ebook
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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Suspense
Series: 1. Operation: Endgame 2. Operation: Endeavor* 3. Operation: Endurance (April 2013)
Source: Author for an Honest Review
Rating: Loved It
Colton Robertson left his career in the Air Force…
… to come home and help his family heal. Unfortunately, his reception was not quite what he’d hoped for and he ended up as roommate to hippy dippy yoga instructor Penelope Pruitt.
Penelope has spent her life under the restrictive thumb of her parents and she doesn’t want to do the same with the straight-laced, serious Colton. But when it becomes apparent that Penelope’s life is in danger, Colton won’t settle for anyone else protecting Penelope besides him.
Opposites attract and that’s definitely the case with Colton and Penelope. On the surface, they don’t have anything in common, but as the sparks fly and the danger ramps up, their passion is inevitable. (Source: Goodreads)
A confession first. I totally didn’t get that this book was about the same group of people I grew to love in Operation: Endgame. I really try not to read synopsis of books I want to read. Every book is like a Christmas gift. I don’t want to ruin the surprise. But YAHOO when I found out I was going to be hanging out with a familiar bunch of yummy Texans, I was MORE than EXCITED.
Now I’m “in the know” and I’ve read the synopsis. I am picturing Darma from Darma and Greg as Penelope. WRONG!!! Penelope does yoga, runs a bookstore, free-spirited and is in NO WAY going to involve herself with anyone that might try to change or control her. She is strong and self-assured, not flaky and unreliable. And oh by the way, she is into naughty books. So all you gals are thinking, “this is a chicka I’d like share a bottle of wine with and hang out.” You’d be correct. My only disappointment was I thought she’d have Colton doing more yoga. I was picturing it, but Christi is the one with a mastery of imagery.
In walks Colton. I get him. Or I want him. It really is a toss-up between him and Jake for me. Colton is the eldest brother to a set of twins. He had to grow up fast when his parents died. He is a nurturer, because of necessity. He is a protector, by nature. He has a strong sense of duty to his country and his family. Colton proudly served, but didn’t hesitate to retire early to come home and help Chris with his rehab. We really get to know him and love him for the things he has endured. He is slightly damaged. *swoon* I love how protective he is. It is instinctual and it is 100% from his heart.
Christi masterfully uses situations and a thriller-type mystery to throw her romantic interests in contact with each other. THE HEAT. THE TENSION. Colton has no problems letting the reader know what is catching his eyes. What makes it extra yummy is that he is very attracted to Penelope’s strength. I crumble for men that fall for strong women. BUT can these two adapt their strengths in a way that can make room for the other?
Christi doesn’t let us settle in with our nice little romance. No, she introduces a minor irritant. It causes Colton and Penelope to get close and also threatens them with conflict. And this irritant just keeps itching until it breaks out into a TEXAS size EPIC life-and-death situation. She did it to me again. I didn’t see the twists coming. NO CLUE.
I love this family and their trio of friends. I am so excited about the upcoming novella and third installment. I am expecting a Chris and Julie story and I’m sure it will be full of heart-break and mending delivered in hot-sexy-Christi-style.
Christi delivers another heart-felt encounter of characters that don’t know they are broken until they find the one that can fix them.