Series: The Hunted, #3
Published by Harlequin on May 7th 2013
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In the midst of revolution, about to be trampled by a rioting mob, star journalist Rebecca Parker won't give up on a story—even when a sexy military man literally sweeps her off her feet to safety. Nick Prescott is a hot number, hot copy and a bad liar. Who is he? Who needs him dead? How is he tied to a sinister government plot? By teaming up with Nick to uncover the truth, the red-haired spitfire puts her own life in danger. Ignoring his warnings to walk away, Rebecca proves she does what she wants…but does she get the love that she needs?
Nice guy and gentlemanly Nick’s story is up in this last book – and after the thrilling ride of Sebastian’s story, I think I just fell flat on my face the moment he meets Rebecca, a pesky journalist who doesn’t know when to let go of things.
The overprotective nature of Nick isn’t as Alpha or as neanderthal as I thought it would be, and I definitely saw sense why he wanted Rebecca to stay behind. I’m all for strong heroines, but all too often they cross the line into TSTL territory when they insist on doing things their own way without regard for their or anyone else’s safety, under the illusion that it preserves and/or asserts their intelligence/independence only to ironically reinforce the opposite.
I’d never felt for one moment, that Nick was objecting to Rebecca working or being in a profession that courted danger (incidentally) but rather the rash way she jumped into things and bulldozed everyone into accepting only her opinion that her work matters the most – without acknowledging the chip on her shoulder or the need to compromise for a relationship to work. The way she spoke even came across as selfish: wanting to pursue stories that intrigued her without regard for Nick or how priorities might change in a relationship. Why authors insist then, on such character portrayal leaves me clueless. Again, I almost cheered when Nick wanted to walk away from her, and sulked when he miraculously realised that stubbornness (or maybe better known as ‘passion’) is what he lacked in life.