I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Risk Worth Taking by Brynn Kelly
Published by HQN Books on May 29, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Law & Crime, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
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He can’t outrun himself…
Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong lives in the shadows. A medic haunted by his mistakes, he knows better than to hope for redemption. But his latest mission brings a threat he doesn’t see coming—an attraction as irresistible as it is dangerous. Hacker Samira Desta is a woman he swore to forget, but as a key witness to a deadly conspiracy, Samira is his to protect.
But the woman he rescues might be the one who saves him
After a year in hiding, Samira’s worst fears come true when her cover is blown and the unlikeliest of allies comes to her aid—the secretive Scot with whom she shared one unforgettable night. Hunted by lethal forces and losing the battle against their desire, Jamie and Samira make a desperate play to take the fight to their enemy—but those at greatest risk of ruin may be themselves…
Hacker Samira Desta has been in hiding for the last year after her fiancé was killed in a drone attack, just as he was about to blow the lid off of the domestic cause behind a terror attack in LA. Only in contact with a few close friends via post cards and a few scant texts, she lives in a world of paranoia, isolation, and fear that keeps her moving from hideout to hideout, never staying in one place for too long since she thinks she will be taken out next. When her friend sends word that she must come to London to receive a “present” that Samira surely needs, she’s forced out of hiding when Italian cottage is ambushed in the middle of the night. Samira escapes and makes it to London, but she only made it out of the station in the heart of London thanks to Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong staging a giant diversion and rushing her away in the back of an ambulance.
With hired guns, who answer only to a superstar Senator with presidential aspirations, hot on their heals, an exciting car chase through the streets of London to lose the bad guys occurs. Samira can’t believe that Jamie is her savior–especially since she never thought she’d see him again after their hot night together in France. She feels like she’s still engaged to her murdered fiancé, so she’s confused by her reignited feelings for the sexy Legionnaire that’s full of surprises and secrets. And Jamie is equally conflicted about Samira, but he knows that he must keep her safe.
A Risk Worth Taking really delves into Jamie’s personal life and demons. When Samira and Jamie go on the run, they wind up at the hospital where Jamie first worked as a civilian, and they even hide in the cabin where his family vacationed each year. His complicated family life is revealed even further when they must rely on his sister for a ride back to Edinburgh. Jamie is the handsome, flirty, jokey man on the outside, but he harbors some serious issues on the inside–and it takes some serious digging and observation for Samira to get to the bottom of them.
While Samira is smart, studious, and very observant, she has a lot of issues as well. She has crippling panic attacks, but she doesn’t realize that she can push through them when she really needs to in order to survive or someone needs her. Her second guessing everything and indecision gets nothing done, especially when it comes to dealing with Jamie, and their burgeoning relationship suffers for it.
I give A Risk Worth Taking a four out of five. While this third installment can be read as a stand alone novel, I think I would have really enjoyed it more if I’d read the other two books in the Legionnaires series before tackling this one. This book is action packed, with the first twenty percent of the book being almost non-stop chase scenes with tiny breathers in between. I really enjoyed Samira and Jamie’s interactions, which is good since they spent a majority of the book together in danger and fleeing for their lives or fighting back. While this book is a little heavier on the suspense than the romance, the romantic parts were enjoyable even though they pushed each other away so much. The twists and turns leading to the exposure of the bad guy’s evidence of evil wasn’t too predictable, and I really enjoyed his ultimate downfall.
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About Brynn Kelly
As a journalist Brynn Kelly once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words. A New Zealander, Brynn is an RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee and a former Golden Heart® nominee, and has won the Valerie Parv Award, the Koru and the Pacific Hearts Award.
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Brynn Kelly’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for A RISK WORTH TAKING:
Monday, May 21st: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 23rd: Stranded in Chaos
Friday, May 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Monday, May 28th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, May 29th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
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Monday, June 4th: Tales of a Book Addict
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Wednesday, June 6th: @novelgrounds
Thursday, June 7th: @sarahandherbookshelves
Friday, June 8th: Romancing the Book
Monday, June 11th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, June 12th: @jesssiereads
Wednesday, June 13th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, June 14th: @bookishaurora
Thursday, June 14th: @_literary_dreamer_
Friday, June 15th: @booknerdingout
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