Mackenna Carides is tough, strong, and excellent at her job as second-in-command of Squad Nine. She often works side by side with Hell Squad on some of the toughest missions to fight back against the alien raptors. Now she’s helping the survivors of Blue Mountain Base settle into their new home at the Enclave. And that means working with the Enclave’s sexy civilian leader, Nikolai Ivanov, an artist who watches her with an intensity that is hard to ignore. A man she’s seen in the field and who she knows is hiding a mysterious past.
Niko is dedicated to the people of the Enclave and to his art. Once, his life was all about death and destruction, now it’s about life and creation—even in the middle of an alien apocalypse. As he welcomes the Enclave’s new members, there is one newcomer he wants to get closer to…but Mackenna is fighting their attraction. As something starts attacking their drones—vital technology for keeping them all safe—Niko realizes that in order to battle this new danger, he’ll have to return to the darkness of his past…and risk Mackenna never looking at him the same way again.
On a dangerous mission to save their drones from the aliens, Niko will need all of his lethal skills and will wade into the fight with Mac by his side. They will be tested to the brink, where nothing is black or white, and they will have to expose themselves and trust each other to fight, live, and love.
Having had their hide out discovered, the survivors have made their way to the Enclave housing those previously chosen by the corrupt President but it's no mean feat fitting in and distrust is an everyday occurrence. Yet to flourish and defeat the reptile like aliens, everyone must pull their weight which is easy for Mackenna as she is the tough, no nonsense second in command of Nine Squad. Unfortunately, the Enclave leader, Nico, is a rather tasty Russian with ideas of his own and a past he can't ever escape!
If you enjoy likable characters, then this series might just be for you. I will admit I wasn't sure initially if I'd be gripped by this war Ms Hackett writes about, but I've slowly found myself pulled in. There's a little technology involved although not so much that I feel out of my depth, but enough that it's slightly futuristic.
What the author seems to excel at though is the steamy chemistry wrapping around her characters. Admittedly Nico does occasionally lapse into his native tongue but for me I'd personally liked perhaps a little more of that, but then I guess Nico has perhaps lived in Australia for a while. Mac is no pushover and I got the feeling she's had to put up with a lot of prejudice so her reactions felt realistic.
There's enough action to make it an interesting story, but I happily admit it's the Berserkers who tickle my fancy! So romance, action, and always interesting as these survivors battle on!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.