Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sweet Reward by Christy Reece

Title:  Sweet Reward
Author: Christy Reece
My Rating: A++

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: A Last Chance Rescue #9
Main Characters: Jared & Mia
Release Date: December 2011

ISBN: 978-0345524096
Publisher: Random House
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:

Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR—for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia’s back, and as a team, they’re as compatible as fuel and fire—blowing off tension in each other’s arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither have been before—to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.

My Review:

Last Chance Rescue...there has been 9 books to this series and EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM. HAS. BEEN. PHENOMENAL. As the final book in this series (although Christy has said that she *might* revisit LCR at a later time,) this book did not disappoint in the least. Sweet Reward is the story of Jared and Mia.

Christy Reece writes some amazingly tortured heroes, but I think Jared is right up there at the top as my favorite...OMG, I loved his character, just because he is so full of angst (I really love me an angst-y hero.) Jared is reserved, unemotional, and sometimes brash (when it comes to putting his life on the line for a mission.) Even the boss at LCR, Noah McCall, sometimes wonders if there is truly a man under that hard facade because he never lets anything get in the way of his mission and perfection.

The complete antithesis to Jared's character is Mia's character. Mia was fired from LCR because she could not follow the rules, and she then opened her own Rescue business in Chicago. With Mia, what you see is what you get. Her life is full of adventure, happiness, and she does exactly what she wants. She is exuberant and so completely full of life. She is so completely unlike Jared, that he doesn't know what to make of her or how to react to her. She keeps him completely off-balanced. I really liked that aspect to their relationship. I love how she would make him laugh spontaneously, surprising even him. For me, what made this book work so well was their incredible chemistry, which surprised both of them.

This is a book where opposites definitely attract. Not only are Jared and Mia completely different in their entire outlook on life, but they also come from completely different backgrounds. Mia grew up as the daughter of a politically powerful diplomat. Jared was orphaned at age 6 and grew up in an abusive foster system. Christy seemed to do some special weaving of the story line within this book so that both of their stories come out very, very slowly throughout the extremely quick pace of the romance and suspense story lines. I loved the way that she drew out all the details of exactly why Mia and Jared are both the way that they are...and there are very specific reasons for that (no spoilers here though.)

There is plenty of angst, emotion, suspense, romance, smexy-action, and danger-action in this book to keep me extremely happy. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Christy before the release date and spent Christmas Eve morning reading, when I really had other things that I needed to be working on. I could NOT put this book down, until I had read every single bit of it...it was just so good!

I am so sad to see the end of the LCR series, but this was a phenomenal book to end the series. This is a 9-book series, but don't let that number put you off. Almost all of these books can stand alone very easily, especially this one. There are references to the other couples from the other books because most of them are still operatives within LCR and they all work together, but other than that, these books each focus on the H/h story and their current mission. If you haven't read any Christy Reece's books, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick one up. This one released Dec. 27th and even though it's the last, it's a good place to start. I promise that once you read one Christy Reece LCR book, the next 8 books will be in your TBR soon!

The Last Chance Rescue Series:
1. Rescue Me- Eden & Jordan
2. Return to Me- Samara & Noah
3. Run to Me- Shea & Ethan
4. No Chance- Skylar & Gabe
5. Second Chance- Cole & Keeley
6. Last Chance- McKenna & Lucas
7. Sweet Justice- Honor & Seth
8. Sweet Revenge- Jamie & Dylan
9. Sweet Reward- Mia & Jared

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Great review, a series to put on my wishlist for sure!