Heated Pursuit by April Hunt

Heated Pursuit by April HuntHeated Pursuit by April Hunt
Series: Alpha Security #1
Published by Forever on October 25th 2016
Pages: 304
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Penny Kline didn't come to Honduras on a pleasure trip. She's here to rescue her kidnapped niece, the only family she's got left. What she didn't plan on was walking into a covert ops mission---or being wrapped up in the hard-muscled arms of Rafe Ortega. The cool-as-ice operative's touch may get her all hot and bothered, but no man can have a hold on her heart until her niece is home where she belongs.
Even in the tropics, Alpha Security operative Rafe can take down the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Hostage extractions. Clandestine missions. Those are the things he's been trained to handle. Relationships? Not so much. But one look at this strong, sexy redhead and he's seized by a fierce urge to protect her at all costs. Now Penny and Rafe will have to up their game because they're about to go into a master criminal's lair without backup, and the danger---and passion---is about to explode . . .

‘Heated Pursuit’ is a very punchy read, with albeit rather stereotypical characters peppering the book: the alpha-type (pun intended), over-the-top, commitment free hero who gets turned by a heroine who pulls her own weight, in search of a missing target in an infamous drug lord’s reaches in the Honduran jungle. from the very start, it jumps straight into the action, wastes no time with unnecessary dallying and sweeps you up in the fast-paced manner while providing some kind of backstory to the characters’ histories while you run, huff and pant along with them.

There are some uneven spots, some really odd descriptions but it’s a solid debut nonetheless, adhering to the well-known tropes and structure of romantic suspense that didn’t surprise me but kept my interest well up to the end. I did come to expect more action though, and was mystified by how often Rafe’s erection got out of control (for some reason, men in these genres have a hard time keeping it down, yet manage to run around with permanent hard-ons) and Penny’s inability to resist him even when danger is supposed to be eclipsing everything else.

The writing—had it been set free from the number of distracting and somewhat unrealistic sex scenes—has a certain agility to it though and it’s what I’ve come to appreciate. April Hunt’s next book is waiting in the wings and with it, the potential of another fun (and hopefully better) run.