Monday, May 17, 2010

Eye of the Storm

Title: Eye of the Storm
Author: Monette Michaels
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-694-4
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Keely Walsh is a magnet for trouble. Her five older brothers have done what they can to keep her out of it, but it’s not working. She knows her brothers mean well and that they want to keep her safe, but she’s just as determined to be an independent woman. That is until she meets Ren, while she’s was on a rescue mission to South America to save one of her brothers from a trap meant to kill him, and the team he went with. She knows that she has met the man of her dreams, and she’s willing to let him believe he’s in charge for the moment.

Ren Maddox is one of the co-owners of Security Specialists International, who occasionally goes out to do intelligence work for the US government. On his latest mission, while waiting for an informant, the team sees Keely come in from the back door armed with a big gun. When she takes down the bartender in front of them and her brother, Tweeter starts yelling at her, she tells them that they are in danger. Ren is simultaneously shocked and aroused at see this warrior sprite, defending her against the man. He isn’t certain what to do about Keely, but Ren’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means protecting Keely from herself.

Eye of the Storm is the first in the Security Specialist International series and a fantastic action packed suspense that had me wanting to race to the end. I kept wondering what Keely would do next to anger her brothers, father and Ren and believe me, I never disappointed by her actions. Keely went through Hell Week for a week and a half before getting caught by one of her brothers and she could take out a target at twelve hundred yard. Along with her abilities with computers and communications, she didn’t need a protector, or so she thought. From the beginning until the end of this book, I loved reading about the Walsh family and friends bonding.

Ms. Michaels has written an intriguing story of ex-military people surviving life and saving other people who find themselves in danger in different places. The villains weren’t named, but hold a lot of power over SSI until they are identified by Keely and her brother, Tweeter. I found myself laughing at some of the comments made by the characters and was impressed by the camaraderie, as well at the loyalty of the men to each other. The background history given surrounding the Walsh family really helped to understand why Keely operated like she did. Ren is the alpha male most men are, but bring on the tears, he will do whatever it takes for them to stop, and Keely knew how to work him.

In this book all of the characters played an important role in the espionage plot, and each one added something to the story for me. Now that I have had a taste of this series, and the Walsh family, I can’t wait until the next book to see who the center of attention will be.

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