Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On Her Watch by Rie Warren



Title: On Her Watch
Author: Rie Warren
My Rating: B+

Genre: Dystopian Romance 
Series: Don't Tell #2
Main Characters: Liz and Linc
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
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Sexual Intensity: erotic


Story Overview:
War is raging in the InterNations Territories and within Lieutenant Liz Grant’s heart.

AWOL from her post for several months, Liz is on a mission to infiltrate the Beta Corps military, desperate to find out who murdered her father and turn the revolution in the insurgents’ favor. Commander Linc Cutler stands in her way. Coldly handsome and in control, his desire for her causes a crack in her deep cover.

She’s certain he holds the key to her past as well as her future, but Linc has pledged his allegiance to the oppressive Company regime headed by his father. Through escalating intrigue, espionage, and runaway passion, Liz is thrust into an impossible situation.

Lives, the Revolution, love at stake, it all comes down to the one man Liz shouldn’t trust.
My Review:
I read book #1 in this series, In His Command, and fell in love with these characters and this world, but will admit I wasn't sure if an m/f relationship would work as well in this world for me as a reader, even though I do enjoy dystopian sci-fi type books. The book, and relationship, did work for me. 

This book is about Liz and Linc. Both these characters are heavily tied to the characters from the first book. Liz was Caspar's second in command, while Linc is Nate's twin brother. Linc still works for his father, the CEO of the Company, the mega-evil ruler in this world. Liz's job is to infiltrate the Company and get close to Linc in the hopes that she can sway him to the revolutionaries side of the fight. 

Liz is pure soldier and spent many years fighting for the company. But her viewpoints on the world have changed, especially as she's gotten to see Caspar and Nate together...how can that kind of love be wrong? Hands down, her relationship with these two guys, especially Caspar, melted my heart. She's a tough girl, but she loves Caspar so much. He is her family even if not by blood. They give each other such a hard time, but she absolutely would lay down her life for him if it meant his happiness. The ties between them were absolutely gorgeous, even when things are cranky as all get out between them...underlying it all is absolute love...a love borne of friendship, but it's unshakable.

The book is entirely told from Liz's point of view and throughout so much of the book, even when she most definitely is falling in love with Linc, she doesn't know if she can trust him. That question is so frightening because as the reader, you aren't sure about that either. I wanted him to be a good guy, but the author does an amazing job keeping the reader guessing. It's a complex story in a highly complex and political world where nothing is as it seems. And since Liz is playing a double agent in bed with someone who is her enemy, it's especially difficult. There are all different kinds of factions within this book. In a world where homosexual love is against the government's policies, most who believe in that kind of love should fall on the revolutionary side, but all is not as it seems. There are lots of double-crosses going on across all the lines. 

I'm not going to say a whole lot about the specifics of Linc and Liz's relationship because I don't want to post any spoilers, but I did enjoy them together. Their chemistry is sizzling and this book definitely lives up to its erotic rating. There is a LOT of hot and heavy action in this book. I love how combustable the two are together and how no matter what is going on, that never wanes. They have a soul-deep connection that I liked. 

It's an interesting world and it will be interesting where things go from here. Things definitely change at the end of this book, but the war is far from over and I definitely look forward to more. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.




ON HER WATCH by Rie Warren (June 3, 2014; Forever Yours E-Book)
The year is 2071 and all hell has broken loose. As the government tries to control the territories that were once the United States, an armed rebellion erupts . . .

AWOL from her military post, Lieutenant Liz Grant will do anything for the rebels she now calls friends. Her latest mission: return to the Beta Corps army and obtain classified information that could turn the battle in the revolutionaries' favor. There's only one problem: Commander Linc Cutler.

Strong, coldly handsome, and always in control, Linc is perplexed by the beautiful soldier brought in for questioning. He doesn't know if he believes her explanation for why she went missing. He only knows his intense sexual desire for her cannot be denied.

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About the author:
Rie Warren lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her English artisan husband and their two small daughters--one an aspiring diva, the other a future punk rocker. Giving up paintbrushes for paper and pen, Rie began her writing career fifteen years ago with a manuscript of super epic proportions. Safely stored under a lace doily in a filing cabinet. Possibly in England.

A nocturnal creature, she adjourns to her woman cave each night in search of wondrous words, rich characters, and thrilling plots to keep readers turning the page. Whether writing contemporary, gay, or paranormal romance, Rie combines heart, heat, and humor with a sexy southern edge.

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Cursing the snow that blinded me, I swung the rifle over my back. Lost in the maze of alleys, I took a turn and stopped short. My breath froze in my chest. In front of me stood the Freelander, gun raised. I tried to backtrack, but my way was blocked by another one. Training their guns on me, they cornered me against a wall.
I could have taken them out. I knew exactly how to do it. Instead I swallowed the tears back up my throat, blinking away the ones burning my eyelids. Even if I had my gun in hand, I wouldn’t pull the trigger against these people, who were only protecting their way of life. They could be anyone I knew. They could be Darke, or Micah, or Nate. 
“I’m sorry,” I whispered, prepared to die alone, a failure to the Revolution, my friends, my father. 
I heard my name shouted before Linc blasted into the alley. I ducked out of the way. Guns went off above my head, but when I looked up, the Freelanders were still standing and so was Linc. I had only a second to note the frantic fury on his face before he pushed me behind him. I scrabbled for his arm, sure he was going to fire. 
“Drop the weapons unless you want to meet your Maker right now.” Harsh and cold, his voice sliced across the narrow alley. 
Two soft plops sounded when they threw their guns into the snow at our feet. 
“Now, get the fuck out of here unless you want to be taken to the Quad with your friends.”
As soon as they scurried away, Linc locked on to me. He grabbed my arms, scanning me for injuries. He was making sure I was all right when I was anything but. I spoke through tears clogging my throat. “I’m sorry. I choked. I couldn’t…” 
He exploded in my face. “You choked? You nearly got yourself killed, Liz!” 
Yanking away my helmet, Linc tossed it aside. As soon as he saw the tears—weak and worrisome—he curled me against him. “Jesus Christ.” His voice was muffled against my hair. “This couldn’t have been easy after everything you’ve been through. Maybe it was too soon to return you to duty.”
I spanned his back with my hands, holding on to him. I’d never been one for coddling, but it felt good to be protected, even if it couldn’t last. 
When he withdrew, I asked, “Why didn’t you shoot them?”
“It’s not a good day for killing.”
“It never is.”
I saw the tug of his dimple before he picked up my helmet. Then he smiled, and it was so warm my heart fluttered. “Maybe we chose the wrong calling.”
The lighthearted feeling fled when we trudged to the tanks. There were no deaths but plenty of casualties on both sides. The wounded and prisoners were loaded up while Linc and I took point. He kept looking at me so much I wondered if I had my uniform on backward. Or maybe a hair out of place. Perhaps my lipstick had smudged, as if I even knew how to apply it…
“I’m fine,” I said.
“You are not fine.” Hoarse from shouting, his voice rasped from his throat. He held my face between hands that were warm and firm. Our mouths were close enough to kiss, but only harsh words hissed from his lips. “Do you understand we are up against more than the rebels, Liz?”
I wasn’t sure if he was trying to warn me and, if so, what that warning was. Only one thing was certain. I was getting under his skin as much as he was mine.  

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