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A SEXY STRANGER
Flirting with danger is reporter Grace Grainger’s modus operandi. But she’s learned the hard way not to grow attached to the soldiers she’s embedded with in Afghanistan. To escape from her pain and loneliness, she fantasizes about the hot night she spent with a gorgeous stranger three years before in D.C. Grace never thought she’d see him again—let alone need him to rescue her . . .
AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT
Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers knows journalists are nothing but trouble. So when he has to risk his team’s lives to save some reporter who’s been separated from her patrol, he’s not happy—until he recognizes her stunning eyes and delicious curves. Josh has never wanted a woman like he wants Grace. He needs her—even in an Afghan cave with a sandstorm and enemy troops closing in. This might be the end for both of them—or one hell of a beginning.
ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After binge reading the Sins Brothers series by Rebecca Zanetti a few weeks ago, I’ve been on the lookout for more romantic suspense books. Danger + Romance? Does it get any better than that? Dangerous Territory is a novella which kicks off the upcoming Alpha Ops series by Emmy Curtis. I usually am not a fan of novellas, they’re just too short for me to really do anything for me. My exception to novellas, is when they are part of a series. What makes this novella work is that Grace and Josh already had a previous connection before the book takes place. So while things are on the speedier side (as they usually are in novellas), it just works in this case because the chemistry, attraction and connection already excited.
After losing one of her friends while reporting on the war, Grace is heartbroken over the loss. She meets a stranger at a bar and after hitting it off and talking about her friend, they decide they’re both the perfect distraction from their troubles. Fast forward 3 years and neither of them can stop thinking about that night. Grace is still reporting on the war, but she has a strict ‘don’t get close to anyone’ policy so that she doesn’t get hurt if anyone else dies on her. When one of the teams missions goes wrong, Josh and his team is sent in to rescue them. After taking fire, Josh and Grace are able to safely escape and hide out in a cave until someone else comes and rescues them. Grace realizes that Josh is the guy she slept with years ago just as Josh realizes that Grace is the girl he hasn’t been able to forget.
But hiding from terrorist isn’t their only problem. Josh is upset when he realizes that Grace is a reporter since his opinion of reporters isn’t positive. There’s a lot of back and forth arguing loaded with sexual tension. Military guys = hot! Giving into temptation is the least of their worries if they can’t find a way to make it out of there alive. This was a very enjoyable story, especially considering it’s a novella. It was fast paced, it had the perfect amount of action and suspense and the right blend of chemistry and romance. I was a little bit grossed out by the fact that they were stranded for 2-3 days with no mentions of showers (much less toothbrushes) and they were getting it on. But, that’s one of my pet peeves in books…
I went into this book assuming that the next book (and the rest of the series) would follow Josh and Grace. However, the next book tells the story of Walker and Beth, which I don’t mind at all because I knew there was a good story between these two within the first few pages. I’m not sure if the following book will also be about Walker and Beth or about a new couple, but either way, count me in! I’ll be looking forward to the rest of this series!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Dangerous Territory:
Don’t get attached. Don’t get involved. These people are a job. Don’t form relationships.
“My name is T.S., and I will be your rescuer today.”
“Well soldier, is that a night-vision scope in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?”
“You might not have a dick, but you have balls.”
“What do you want from me?” he asked in a low, hoarse voice.
She swallowed back everything she knew she shouldn’t say or think: a future, a possibility, a life in a town in the United States, a puppy, a hope.
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