Sienna Rossi has always been a mix of contradictions. She loves ice cream, likes cooking, and is skilled at taking down aliens with her squad. Sweet and tough, soldier and woman, most people can't seem to make sense of her...even the loving family she lost in the invasion and especially men. One man accepts her as she is, her best friend Theron. But the big, silent, muscled soldier has her firmly in the 'friends' zone...except that Sienna knows he wants her, and she's determined to claim the stubborn man as hers.
Theron Wade lives to fight aliens. They killed his parents, his foster siblings, and his fellow Rangers. Now he has a new team--the tough, mostly-female Squad Nine. But one certain female haunts his dreams and stars in his darkest fantasies. Sienna is his sunshine in the darkness. He wants to her to be happy...and he knows that would never be with a man like him. A man with darker, rougher tastes that would shock her.
As Squad Nine works to track and destroy a dangerous alien device, best friends collide. Theron introduces Sienna to a world of rough, edgy passion that she craves. But as a mission goes off track, the two of them will risk everything for love, for their lives, and to save the world.
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think climbing shattered skyscrapers and daring rescue missions), tough warriors (the kickass ladies of Squad Nine and the badasses of Hell Squad) and a steamy romance (lots of edgy sexy times between a quiet, stubborn soldier and his tenacious best friend). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
Includes a sneak peek at Hemi (Hell Squad #13) and a preview of Gladiator, first book in Galactic Gladiators
Theron is rough, tough, and almost distant and yet, sweet, little Sienna finds herself increasingly aware of him. Okay, so she's firmly in the friend zone but tempting him to play sure seems like a good idea to her! Yet Theron pushes back and it's not exactly what Sienna hopes for but is this team member down and out? That's a hell no!
I have to admire the pairing here as Theron is exactly how I imagine a hardened soldier. Yes, he joins in with his team but there's a sadness, a sense of loss if you like, that sometimes makes him a little distant. Sienna is underestimated by so many and it's almost as if the world wants to put her in a box and tie a ribbon on it! Being petite and feminine is a bit of a bug bear, but this little lady can handle herself and a carbine to boot! So, when it's decided to try to take out the invading aliens latest weapon, Squad Nine is up and ready for it but things don't quite go to plan, leaving Theron and Sienna separated from their team and facing a danger no one could have predicted.
I do enjoy the Hell Squad series with its crazy mixture of action, sci-fi, and hot romance and wonder where Ms Hackett gets her insane ideas from. Maybe living in Australia, under that hot sun has done something to her and certainly she frequently uses locations that she clearly knows. All this adds colour to her stories but it's the adventures and dire situations her characters find themselves in that keeps me reading.
If honest, these books are a little shorter than I prefer and in this one there's so much happening at the end it just felt too pat and perhaps a tad rushed. One thing I can guarantee, there is plenty for the couple to overcome but then again that's what I expect. Plus, the Berserkers are coming!
I received an advance copy that I've voluntarily read and these comments are I believe a fair review.