by Anne Calhoun
Series: Alpha Ops #6
Published on May 30, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
CRIMES OF PASSION
When she was on the verge of adulthood, Riva Henneman committed a crime and got caught red-handed. Luckily, she was busted by a HOT young cop...who also had a big heart. A one-time SEAL candidate, Officer Ian Hawthorn knew how it felt to have your dreams derailed. So he gave Riva a choice: face prison time or work for him as a confidential informant. But even a get-out-of-jail-free card comes with a cost. . .
Years later, Ian still remembers beautiful, innocent Riva--and the smoldering attraction they shared but both tried to ignore. Will they have a second chance, now that they're back in each other's lives? Riva's work with inner-city children has led to a surprise run-in with Ian, who has his own agenda--one that could put them both in grave danger. Is their desire worth the risk this time?
The high octane suspense and super sizzling romance continues with Turn Me Loose, the third novel in the Alpha Ops series by Anne Calhoun.
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Another new author, another book that I didn’t quite fall into. And by new I mean new to me. Turn Me Loose is the sixth in the Alpha Ops series which, for most romance series, isn’t a problem to read out of order and I didn’t find any difficulty from that aspect. But I didn’t fall for this story or romance either.
It’s a bit of a second chance at love in that the protagonists, Riva and Ian, have history but the book is set seven years later so all of that comes back when life brings them into each other’s worlds again. On their own, the characters tugged at my heartstrings. Especially Riva, who endured so much as a kid (trigger warning: abuse, drug addiction and use). She had a rough go of it as a teen but in the present has really turned her entire life around to help others. Of the two, I enjoyed her character development much more.
Then there’s the romance and I got pretty sick of it early on. The book was slow going as-is but then the author decided to play up the history between Riva and Ian with all the old feelings that suddenly come back. They want to be together but they have history with him arresting her when they were younger and it’s a constant back and forth for the entire book. Instead of a natural tension, it became the only real tension I felt in their relationship and a forced one at that. I wanted them to grow as characters.
Combined with a lackluster ending that left me feeling very dissatisfied with the book as a whole, I doubt I’ll be picking up more in this series. The book was well written in terms of the technical side, I’ll give it that, but wasn’t my kind of read.