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review 2014-08-31 15:38
Review - Personal Assistance by Louise Rose-Innes
Personal Assistance (Entangled Ignite) - Louise Rose-Innes

 

Personal Assistance
by Louise Rose-Innes
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2014
 




A thrilling suspense from Entangled’s Ignite imprint…

Her life is in the hands of a man she can’t trust…

Trapped in a country in the midst of a rebellion, Hannah Evans is on the run for her life. Her only hope of escape is to join forces with disgraced Special Forces operative Tom Wilde, who is overseeing the extraction of all British nationals from the embassy. It’s a form of punishment for his last failed mission, from which neither his body, nor his mind, has fully recovered. When he meets Hannah, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself. The information she holds is important enough to end the civil war—all he needs to do is get her out of the war-ridden country alive and back to Britain.

The sexual attraction between them is too intense to ignore, but Hannah knows the career-soldier has a hidden agenda. Can she trust him to lead her to safety, or will he sacrifice her in his bid for redemption?

 


 




This was a quick, enjoyable read that had me caught up in the story right from the beginning. There was lots of action going on and both Tom and Hannah find themselves fighting a strong attraction to each other – which Tom is adamant about ignoring since he knows firsthand that letting emotions into his mission can only end up with the people around him dying. Hannah is completely taken off-guard by her strong reaction to Tom – especially when she keeps having stray thoughts about him during some pretty intense moments.

“Are you okay?” he asked a few seconds later, shifting his weight off her. His eyes roamed over her, looking for injuries.

She sat up. “I think so.” She was trembling, partly from the shock of the explosion, and partly because Tom’s body had felt so good on top of hers. She laughed, embarrassed.

How odd that she’d thought of that after a near-death experience.
I loved the uniqueness of the setting and backdrop of this story. I haven’t read a lot of stories with a British Special Forces hero and the small Arab island nation in the midst of a civil war as a setting gave the story a fresh feel. My only complaint would be that I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the tension between Hannah and Tom as they struggled to fight their attraction while trying to stay alive. I loved the action and the suspense, but I would have liked to have seen some more buildup of emotion between the two as a lead up to the ending.

Definitely a good read that will keep you turning the pages to the end.

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



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review 2014-08-16 19:52
Personal Assistance by Louise Rose-Innes
Personal Assistance (Entangled Ignite) - Louise Rose-Innes

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wanting to get away from her overbearing father in England, Hannah decides to take a job as the personal assistance to Prince Hakeem of the Arab island nation of Syman.  At first this seems a little bit out of left field but it turns out Hannah's grandfather was Symanian, she speaks fluent Arabic, and Prince Hakeem follows some westernized ideas.  Everything is going swimmingly until Syman starts to feel the effects of the Arab Spring.  Hannah suddenly finds herself learning vital and damning information about Prince Hakeem and in a country about to erupt in civil war.  Hightailing it to the English embassy looking for safety, Hannah discovers it abandoned except for one lone SAS soldier (I tell you what, I just may question the ol' chain of command if they ordered me to stay ALONE at an embassy in a country on the verge of war).  Tom, the unlucky SAS soldier, allows Hannah sanctuary but as the Prince's men attack the embassy, they find themselves on the move and desperately looking for a way off the island.
 
Neither Hannah nor Tom are completely flushed out characters.  We know Hannah has daddy issues and Tom is being beaten down by survivor's guilt due to a mission in Afghanistan where he trusted the wrong woman and all of his team was killed. We are told these things and sporadically reminded but the depth of emotion was missing.  Hannah veers ever so slightly into TSTL as she disregards or questions Tom, the highly trained soldier keeping her alive.  Tom is the average stoic, solid, and hidden hurts soldier.  They won't wow you but they're sketches of good characters.  This story also uses the trope of instalove; like rocket propelled grenades are hitting the embassy and all Tom or Hannah can think about are each other's lush lips instalove.   Yes, they only have each other to rely on as they traverse the city so some emotional connection is going to form but as the reader, I couldn't help thinking," time and place!".  
 
This is a very quick read with a steady pace, even if you never really feel immersed into the story. The suspense side, rebel army clashing with the Prince's men with Hannah and Tom stuck in the middle trying to make it to safety, is solid.  There are a couple forced or contrived situations to keep our main characters on the run or in trouble but for the sake of the story, I was willing to let them slide.  The elements of Arab Spring and SAS soldier, instead of SEAL, are unique enough to keep this interesting even if there isn't enough depth to keep the reader completely invested.

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text 2014-08-15 23:33
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Personal Assistance (Entangled Ignite) - Louise Rose-Innes

"That means drastic measures, Sergeant. If we can't have her, I don't want anyone else having her, either. You understand?"

 

So not only was the British government going to say sorry to one of their citizens trying to get out of a country about to erupt in civil war but now that they know she has vital military info they will help but if she can't get out they want the SAS guy to kill her?!?

 

U.K., you hardcore

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