Penny Kline didn't come to Honduras on a pleasure trip. She's here to rescue her kidnapped niece, the only family she's got left. What she didn't plan on was walking into a covert ops mission-or being wrapped up in the hard-muscled arms of Rafe Ortega. The cool-as-ice operative's touch may get her all hot and bothered, but no man can have a hold on her heart until her niece is home where she belongs.
Even in the tropics, Alpha Security operative Rafe can take down the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Hostage extractions. Clandestine missions. Those are the things he's been trained to handle. Relationships? Not so much. But one look at this strong, sexy redhead and he's seized by a fierce urge to protect her at all costs. Now Penny and Rafe will have to up their game because they're about to go into a master criminal's lair without backup, and the danger---and passion---is about to explode . . .
Hunt's romantic suspense debut, which launches the Alpha Security Series, smartly balances slow-burning passion and explosive high-stakes danger. In present-day Honduras, sassy American Penny Kline is bent on rescuing her kidnapped niece from a ruthless drug kingpin, Diego Fuentes, when she crosses paths with Alpha Security operative Rafe Ortega and his covert operation to destroy Fuentes. Despite the Alpha motto, "The mission comes first," tantalizing banter, titillating moves, and past demons all keep sexual tension burning between Penny and Rafe until Fuentes forces a desperate move. The couple pose as a self-made millionaire and his "American arm candy" girlfriend and visit Fuentes's off-the-grid fortress home, hoping to gain his trust. Dodging Fuentes's intense scrutiny, Rafe and Penny discover distressing information and find pleasure in their sizzling sexual relationship. But time is running out for stopping the drug distribution, finding Penny's niece, and cementing their relationship. Rafe's skills and Penny's gritty attitude make survival possible, but any misstep may prove fatal. This book satisfactorily kicks off an adventure-packed romance series, and readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment.
A pretty good first novel
Hunt gives us interesting, likeable protagonists, an engaging plot, and pretty good pacing. For a first novel (from what I can see here and on Amazon), it was good - following in the footsteps of Tonya Burrows' HORNET and Maya Banks' KGI books. Some issues like a mole that almost wears a neon sign of obviousness or sex at inappropriate times are forgivable because Hunt is a strong writer otherwise. I will try her other books based on this read.