Author: Megan Mitcham

Stranger Mine by Megan Mitcham

Stranger Mine by Megan MitchamStranger Mine by Megan Mitcham
Series: Base Branch #3
Published by Megan Mitcham on October 1st 2014
Pages: 250
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One takes control. One finds balance in letting go.
Base Branch operative, Ryan Noble is accustomed to taking orders whether from his commander or his overbearing mother. His best friend urged him to take control of his life, but the only thing worse than an angry woman is a teary one. He has no desire to upset his mother’s fragile emotions. Losing his sister was hard enough, his mom couldn’t bear losing another child. Even if it is to the other side of D.C. It's a damn good thing she doesn't know what he does for a living.
On a routine mission to destroy a cargo free human trafficking facility and exterminate it’s operators, Ryan blows his extraction to rescue a woman he finds chained inside.
Piper Vega is caught between metal and a hard place. She needs information and it has taken far too long to cull it from her leads, also known as her captors. She finally has the facts she needs to complete her task, but it’ll take a miracle to set her free and see it achieved. Santo Padre knows she never expected her good favor to come in the form of a man.
Through intense battles of will, Ryan takes the reins of life in his sturdy grip while Piper discovers balance in loosening hers and both find unexpected love.

Reading Megan Mitcham’s stuff typically leaves me with a frown on my face despite the sophisticated writing style – which can admittedly be distracting when the metaphors and the excessive use of the middle-voice start piling up and make the action scenes more complicated than they really are.

I never quite know what to do with her complex (but weird characters) and Ryan Noble is one such case. In any case, he meets his match in Piper Vega, an ex-cop who has burnt everything out in trying to keep her family together. She’s hardened, wants control and sucks at being a team player.

But it’s Ryan puzzles me most of all: behaving like a kid when it comes to deference in decision making, being mummy’s pushover boy, only letting out his repressed dom in BDSM clubs etc, yet despite this glaring fault, managed to make the rigorous psych cut to be an elite operative? Meeting Piper somehow miraculously stripped that layer of insecurity of him (supposedly through yielding to his dom side) and for that, he gains a measure of self-awareness and grows up.

I’m still hanging in disbelief here.


Enemy Mine by Megan Mitcham

Enemy Mine by Megan MitchamEnemy Mine by Megan Mitcham
Series: Base Branch, #1
Published by Megan Mitcham on September 27th 2014
Pages: 272
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When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers.
Born in the blood of Sierra Leone's Civil War, enslaved, then sold to the US as an orphan, Base Branch operative, Sloan Harris is emotionally dead and driven by vengeance. With no soul to give, her body becomes the bargaining chip to infiltrate a warlord's inner circle, the man called The Devil who killed her family and helped destroy a region.
As son of the warlord, Baine Kendrick will happily use Sloan's body, if it expedites his father's demise. Yet, he is wholly unprepared for the possessive and protective emotions she provokes. Maybe it’s the flashes of memory. Two forgotten children drawing in the dirt beneath the boabab tree. But he fears there is more at stake than his life.
In the Devil's den with Baine by her side, Sloan braves certain death and discovers a spirit for living.

A rather enjoyable read, with an immensely capable heroine and a hunky hero traipsing around to bring down a warlord – with a load of obstacles in the way, their shared childhood not withstanding. Sloan and Baine have an undeniable chemistry and I definitely liked them together as well as the setup of the intrigue that unfolds over the course of the book, whetting my appetite for the rest of the supporting characters’ own stories.

I do have some gripes though. (Maybe this could actually be a consequence of self-publication?)

Characterisation: For a hardass, Baine seems rather ‘soft’ and actually seemed on the brink of tears from time to time – which made me nervous because I really so wanted to read about a hero who has the X-factor (as well as the classic British-isms that make Brit heroes so iconic).

Fact check:
And did Sloan go to Princeton or to Yale?

Writing and style: Proof-reading not withstanding, Megan Mitcham’s unusual and sometimes awkward use of phrases (with the abundant usage of the middle voice), while poetic on occasion, would have been better without the prolific use of analogies/metaphors as they do interfere with the flow of the action and suspense. Characters’ speech patterns are odd, delving into archaic constructions better suited to historical novels – instead of feeling moved as Sloan and Baine declare their devotion to each other in an almost-medieval way, I was actually blinking in bewilderment at the bizarre way they talked. Continuity also seems to be an issue; the transitions between paragraphs/chapters/POVs are sometimes abrupt, and I’m often left wondering what actually took place between the last sentence and the next.

That being said, I’m not ready to give up on this author just yet. There are more books to come and as other reviewers have mentioned, they do seem to get better.