A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…
Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens. As she works with the sexy, suave Devlin, she starts to see glimpses of the man beneath the cool exterior. An exterior she soon finds she wants to melt.
In the worst of circumstances, a passion is born. But on the run for their lives, Devlin and Taylor soon discover far worse things in the alien facility: human prisoners and a weapon that could be the very downfall of the human race. A weapon that will threaten their friends, their home, and everything they hold dear.
I think the concept of procreate or get killed certainly drives the couple but it puts them in a uniquely tricky position. The Gizzida might be tech savvy but sometimes they overlook the human element and with super spy Devlin around, not to mention indomitable Taylor, it's not exactly going to go according to plan. Oh, I can't say too much obviously but this couple is not the sort to sit around picking their navel fluff, so you just know an escape is in the cards, but what they find is about to be a huge turning point in the war to take back Earth!
I really liked the different approach used in Devlin. Yes, the couple are aware of each other but there's no furtive glances or previous flirting. No, instead throwing them together actually encourages them to really see each other and appreciate just who they are. Devlin tries so hard to be the gentleman but Taylor knocks his socks off with her let’s just do this and survive attitude. Devlin has always been a secretive character so it was a delight to learn of his lonely past. Now, Taylor was a complete revelation as there's a grim back story which made her fighting attitude even more poignant.
No instant love (hurray!) but a bond born in battle that just makes sense. I really enjoy the breakneck speed of the Hell Squad series and look forward to many more.