Series: Alpha Ops, Book 1
Author: Emmy Curtis
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Sweltering Keys
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
The last time James Walker saw Beth Garcia, he was carrying her off the battlefield. A year later, he runs into her as she’s completing her last physical therapy appointment before she can be deployed again. She’s still sexy as hell, but just as prickly and hard-headed as she was when they first met.James *sexy as HELL* Walker totally rocked my world in Emmy Curtis's new series Over the Line! He is everything I love in a military hero; Fearless, Alpha, Funny, Sexy, and Rich. Let me start by admitting that I'm a book cover whore. I look at a book cover and make snap decisions about whether or not the book is even worth the effort. When I saw this cover I thought OH MY but then I read the description......and my OH MY was instantly deflated. Thinking been there, read that, I wasn't enthusiastic about starting this one....but I made a promise to myself when I joined NetGalley to review all books that I request so here I went. As you can see by the rating above I LOVED this book.
An arranged rock climbing weekend together quickly turns into a nightmare family wedding after a panicked phone call from his sister about mysterious and ominous emails she’s been receiving.
Beth, thinking she’s going rock climbing for the weekend, is surprised when she realizes the biggest rock she’ll be facing is the one James needs her to wear. And while trying to protect James’s sister, she’ll also have to lie to James’s father, the Director of the CIA, about who she is, jeopardizing her carefully planned career. And while she does owe James her life, he’s in for a wild ride if he thinks he can get away with this deception unscathed…
Individually, Beth and James are both awesome characters. Both are completed dedicated to serving their country, both would risk their lives to save a fellow squad member, and both are fearless when it comes to danger. Together, these two were adorable, snarky, and downright fun. They initially meet while working together in Afghanistan and form a unbreakable bond when James saves Beth's life after she injured during an attack. Once Beth has been safely secured, James is whisked away to continue his duties while Beth is sent home to finish recovering from her injury. It takes 9 long months for the two to cross paths again and both are equally shocked and elated to be in close proximity again.
Emmy Curtis does an excellent job of keeping the story interesting while also straying away from your typical boy meets girl, boy and girl instantly fall in love, and then boy marries girl. Inside, Curtis really plays to Beth's strength and allows James to respect her for her training and not constantly try to protect and shield her. Don't get me wrong, he definitely doesn't want to see her hurt but he also allows Beth to take his back and side when needed.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about James's family of origin. To say they were straight from an episode of Scandal is an understatement. The Walkers were crazy insane and I won't go into detail because I don't wish to spoil the book for anyone interested in reading it. I really would have like to read more about Beth's hesitance towards forming long-term relationships but the author didn't really do much to explore that fear other than to say her father left when she was very young.
Overall, Over the Line was a really good read. If you like authors such as Cristin Harber, Maya Banks and Cindy Gerard, you will love Emmy Curtis. I'm giving this one 4 Sweltering Keys because I loved it, can't wait to read he next book and....oh yea James was HOT!