Haunted by a mission he barely survived, Delta Force operative Mace Stevens still carries a soldier’s burden. Running a small bar in upstate New York, he remains a stone-cold warrior who guards dangerous secrets and stays ready for anything. Anything except beautiful, vulnerable Paige Grayson, who shows up at his door, demanding answers about her heroic stepbrother’s death under his command.
Paige bears burdens, too. She’s plagued by demons unleashed by an older brother who committed mass murder before her eyes. But here in this snowy haven with Mace, she almost feels safe from the menacing promises of her insane sibling. As a nurse whose hands can read the deepest thoughts of anyone she touches, Paige knows that Mace needs her as desperately as she needs Mace. And when a faceless killer begins unleashing fresh terror, Mace proves just how far he will go to save the woman who means everything to him.
In My Own Words:
After a near death experience, and seeing her face plastered on the news, again, Paige decides it is time to find out some truths. She heads to see her brother's teammates and isn't going to take no for an answer. As soon as she walks in to his bar, he knows who she is and Mace is determined to make her go away. With all of the determination you can't help but to expect sparks to fly. Mace and his "brother" Caleb are at his hideaway bar to help recuperate from the last FUBAR mission that cost them the life of a brother and almost their own. Caleb has lost his memory and Mace sees it as his own mission to help him regain it. Mace knows all about Paige and her life, knows her secrets and Paige has now made it her mission to uncover all of his, and steal his heart.
Caleb can't remember anything but knows the last thing in his mind is him holding a bloody knife standing over Mace who had a cut throat. No one wants to believe that he could have done it, but Caleb can't forget about what he remembers, no matter how drugged he was, or what they gave him, he questions himself and what he did to his brothers in arms. Vivi came to the bar to see for herself that Caleb is indeed well. When she walks in, he remembers her but only from the pictures he has been drawing, no details no emotions. While Vivi tries her best to break down his defenses, Caleb tries his best to keep her at arms length.
I have to admit, when I first started reading this book, I was leery of Paige's "gift". My thoughts were, this is a romantic suspense novel, not a paranormal novel. The "gift" could have turned cheesy really quickly, but Stephanie Tyler pulled it off beautifully. I have loved each of the Shadow Force books, but I have to say, I think this is my favorite. I remember thinking a few times, holy cow this girl has been through the ringer, is there HEA that is actually going to happen? There were so many emotional scenes, and several with Caleb that actually made me cry right along with the characters. The thing I love most about these characters is the family unit they have made. I can't decide who I want to learn more about, Kell or Reid, but it is a good thing Kell is next, I think I have a crush on him.