Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Point of No Return by Rita Henuber

Title: Point of No Return
Author: Rita Henuber
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Honey and Jack
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Fans of thrilling military romances will love Rita Henuber’s books.
Marine Major Honey Thornton is nobody’s fool, so when she’s brought in for an off-the-books mission by a manipulative two-star general, she has to wonder why. When it turns out Honey’s mission is to investigate a military contractor tied to the recent kidnappings of innocent children, she signs on immediately. Little did she know one of the first people she’d have to question was her sometime lover, Jack O’Brien.
Jack O’Brien left the CIA bitter and disillusioned and now hires himself out as a contract spy. When his brother and sister-in-law are mysteriously killed and the young daughter they left behind is targeted for kidnapping, he smells a cover-up and goes underground to find out who’s behind it all. Not sure who he can trust, the situation grows more tense when the sexy Honey starts asking questions he’s not sure he wants to answer.

With suspicion flaring on all sides and passion burning between them, Jack and Honey have to decide whether they can trust each other and bring down the people responsible, no matter how high up the chain of command it goes. Because when you’re navigating the murky political waters of the Pentagon, the CIA, and private armies, it’s hard to know who’s got your back, who’s on your side, and who’s lying to your face—and sometimes the only thing you can trust is what you know in your heart.

My Review:
This book was so good! I've never read Rita Henuber before, but I think I have a new favorite to add to my Romantic Suspense authors list. What really set this book apart though was just how different it was written. 

I don't think I have EVER read a heroine as flat-out tough as Honey. Wow, this girl can kick butt and take names....and not just physically, either. She's smart and in-your-face and completely loyal to her ideals and her team and those that she's fighting for. She's a Marine Major who works in the spec ops/investigations branch of the Marines. The book opens with her and her team on a rescue mission in Afghanistan and the entire suspense line is built up around that rescue and why those girls were kidnapped. The suspense line is incredible as it weaves in and out of political quagmire. I never knew which way it was going to go, but all of it was high flying adrenaline inducing which made it so much fun to read. 

Off the page for the first half of the book (for the most part) is Jack. Jack and Honey have been involved in an affair for quite a while, but somehow he and his family are caught up in Honey's investigation and his brother and wife were murdered because of it. For the first 45% of the book, you get glimpses of Jack and hints at how he plays into all this, but not much. And he and Honey are not on the page at all until that 45% point. As a result, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up the prequel novella, No Holding Back: How Honey Met Jack...just so you can get a full understanding of the nature of their relationship. (It's a hot, sexy little read.)

Jack and Honey have both worked covert ops for quite a while. As a result, when their professional lives coincidentally collide, neither trusts each other or that coincidence. It's hard for people in this line of work to trust especially when their emotions are involved. 

Everything about this book worked for me. I loved Honey and her convictions. I loved Jack and his vulnerability and hurt through the loss of his family. I loved Honey's team who stand behind her no matter what. And I loved Kara, Honey's niece, who looks to be following in her Aunt's footsteps. Everything from the back stories to the suspense story line was so expertly woven, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book. 

I highly recommend this book for rom. suspense readers. Expect something a little bit different, but for me those differences worked. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, the covers are like night and day between the novella and the first full length novel...that definitely threw me off a little bit. With that being said, this sounds like a great book and I'll definitely take you up on your advice to read the novella first since it really clues you in to the relationship Honey and Jack have!