Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped...
This starts off in a strange way if I'm honest. There's the fact Garrett has been made acting commander of the Nighthawks which he is eminently suited for but it's not a role he ever aspired to. Then to add to his problems, there's his rising bloodlust which seems triggered by his long term partner Perry. Garrett is seeing Perry in a whole new light and it's something he is more than willing to explore but Perry is a woman rife with contradictions and has secrets she fears to share with anyone.
It would seem there could well be a serial killer stalking the streets and it's somehow tied to the Echelon. Girls are going missing and when bodies are discovered, it's up to Garrett and his team of Nighthawks to discover just who is responsible. Together with Perry, he sets out to investigate but rumours of a steel jawed monster cause Perry to fear her past is about to catch up with her. She has remained hidden in plain sight for all this time, is it possible her carefully crafted new life is about to come crashing down? There's a madman out there and no one is safe. Garrett and Perry are both hiding things from each other but they can only prevail if they do the unthinkable, trust each other!
So I'm a little on the fence with this one. I adore this Ms McMaster's work and think her world building is first class. As I read, I can picture so much in my mind’s eye that it's a startlingly vivid piece of writing. I'm loving all the intrigue and political machinations and as usual there's a bad guy to boo and hiss at, I do love a well written villain. It's a passionate dance that our hero and heroine treat us to, but sometimes I just wanted slightly more from them. Perry has had feelings for Garrett for so long that I just wanted her to grab him and go for it!
As usual with this author every page is a joy to read and I just love the dialogue her characters share. As for those characters, it was lovely to see what previous heroes and heroines were up to and I can't wait for the next book as things are setting up for a glorious showdown. The pace was a little slow initially for me but when this story got going I felt like I was on a ride like no other. This is a wonderful series and always a must read. Get Forged By Desire and you will be hooked!