Sergeant’s Christmas Siege
Alaska Force, Book #3
Brought to you by OBS reviewer jerjen
Danger lurks in the wilds of Grizzly Harbor this Christmas but it’s love that has Alaska Force in the cross-hairs, from the USA Today bestselling author of Sniper’s Pride.
When straight-arrow, by-the-rules Alaskan State Trooper Kate Holiday is sent to investigate a local band of secretive commandos in remote Grizzly Harbor over the holidays, her least favorite time of year, her objective is clear: disband Alaska Force and arrest them. But Kate didn’t count on the diabolical temptation of Templeton Cross. The former Army Ranger exudes charm and has absolutely no respect for the rules of law that govern Kate’s life – too bad he also makes her mouth water and her knees weak.
Templeton has always been good at keeping his game face on and his emotions hidden, especially in combat. But working with Kate brings back memories of losses he prefers to keep locked up tight. As the pressure mounts – and Christmas draws closer – it’s a given that someone’s going to get hurt.
Trouble is, the more time he spends convincing his careful, wary trooper that there’s more to the holidays than her memories, the more he wants to keep her around. Forever.
But forever is the one thing a man like Templeton can’t do. Not even at Christmas. (Goodreads)
Kate has been sent to Grizzly Harbor to learn all she can about a group of off-the-radar soldiers. She is to go and try to figure out if they have been behind a series of crimes, and if so, bring them in for justice. Templeton is good at keeping secrets and charming his way out of anything. He is loyal to his group and will not let Kate destroy his group. What follows is a head on collision of two people that can not afford to lose.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Kate and Templeton are intense, serious, take-no-nonsense people. Kate is a by-the-book state trooper and Templeton is more of a take-things-as-they-come person. But people should not let that attitude fool them. Kate has had a very bad upbringing, being raised by a cult. Both have a lot of baggage and things that they would rather not remember. Both of them are damaged and they both feel that they cannot be happy, nor do they deserve to be happy. Slowly they start breaking down walls learn to trust again. I really enjoyed the bickering and banter between the two.
The author is very talented in creating suspense with just the written word. There were a lot of twists and turns that had me changing my mind a few times. There was a lot of action going on within the pages of this book and it was fast paced, which I enjoyed.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary. And if you are looking for an action filled Christmas read, you should like this one.