Series: Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit

Girl in the Water by Dana Marton

Girl in the Water by Dana MartonGirl in the Water by Dana Marton
Series: Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit #3
Published by Dana Marton on October 11th 2016
Pages: 396
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four-stars

After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self. On the path of self-destruction, only his best friend’s disappearance in South America pulls Ian back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, only to discover that his friend was murdered.

The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle—Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US.

Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than turning an anaconda vegetarian.

Quite a mesmerising read, although it’s admittedly not the type of story that is easy to get into where the leads have a clear path to each other. In fact, I nearly gave up on it in the beginning because of the subject matter and the vast distance that separated the characters which couldn’t seem to be closed at all.

But Dana Marton has a style that sucks you in easily and Daniela’s and Ian’s fraught history is spellbinding yet far from perfect. It’s forged over years of connection and moves from guardian/child to partners and equals in a way that makes you want to root for them. Above all, it’s memorable because of how unusual and unconventional this pairing is, I liked that the age difference wasn’t played up in a way that made this gulf even wider, even though they never quite got together until the end.

There’s also a strangely jaunty tone at times – I found myself laughing out loud – that might or might not have been intentional and added some quirk to a book that would have been more gravely intense and angsty without it. That being said, I still find myself at a proper loss for words having got to the end in a single sitting, which can only be a good thing, isn’t it?

four-stars

Flash Fire by Dana Marton

Flash Fire by Dana MartonFlash Fire by Dana Marton
Series: Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit #2
Published by Dana Marton on November 10th 2015
Pages: 279
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four-stars

When an American teenager disappears abroad, Clara Roberts, a by-the-book investigator on a secret mission, joins forces with Light Walker, an ex-SEAL turned lawless mercenary, to save her. The sparks they generate—and the trouble they stir up—threaten to set the jungle ablaze. Nothing is what it seems in this fast-paced romantic thriller. As attraction grows into love, looming danger turns into all-out war, and the whole region explodes around them. Clara and Walker must hold on to each other and race against time to survive.

Dana Marton plunges us straight into the dirty, savage world of Mexican drug cartels, human trafficking and kidnappings and in the centre of it all is Light Walker, a mercenary who has forgotten how to feel and act in his bloodthirsty search for revenge. Strangely enough, the only woman who is his match is Clara Roberts, an uptight investigator whose humour, kindness and general kickassery (and isn’t beautiful, hooray!) prove to be just what he needs to kickstart his heart once again. Engrossing, full of suspense and action, there were twists and turns in the story that threw me off time and again and straight into what has been a thoroughly enjoyable ride from start to finish. My only complaint is their rushed HEA, and the RST which came so, so late.

four-stars

Forced Disappearance by Dana Marton

Forced Disappearance by Dana MartonForced Disappearance by Dana Marton
Series: Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit #1
Published by Montlake Romance on November 18th 2014
Pages: 242
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four-stars

When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It's her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda's best friend and first lover, and she'll do anything to save him from danger - especially since she just lost everything that mattered to her.
Glenn barely survived being kidnapped and tortured as a suspected spy, but the shock of seeing Miranda again gives him a new lease on life. Their still-simmering attraction grows hotter as the couple races through the treacherous jungle. Determined to reach safe ground, they must stay alive long enough to stop the terrifying enemy who still hunts Glenn. And even if they survive, Miranda's dark past could jeopardize their future together.

Former lovers Glenn Danning and Mirando Soto are reunited 10 years when Miranda takes on her first case to retrieve him from Venezuela, where he’s been kidnapped for nebulous reasons.

The suspense is more light-hearted than what I’d expected and written almost in a matter-of-fact way, and I got the very strange, odd feeling like I was reading a romance through engineers’ eyes, which had an added geek element to it. There is however, quite a bit of action as both Miranda and Glenn try to outwit the Venezuelan authorities and that’s where the hot and heavy scenes begin.

Glenn is also strangely likeable – as a former geek turned hot businessman – but it always seemed as though he was more into the relationship than Miranda was, and I didn’t quite like to see him short-changed just as Miranda was too busy still running away from her past.

four-stars