The first in a new romantic suspense series featuring the rugged special ops unit tucked away in Alaska's Grizzly Harbor from USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane.
The last thing Blue Hendricks needs six months into his uneasy reentry into civilian life is trouble in the form of his old friend's kid sister, all grown up and smack in the middle of a dangerous murder investigation. But he didn't become a SEAL to turn his back on the hard stuff, and he can't bring himself to ignore Everly's call for help--no matter how much he knows he's not fit to be around the soft, vibrant woman she's become. Not after the things he's done.
Everly Campbell is desperate. When her roommate is murdered and the body vanishes, Everly fears she might be next. With no one to believe her, Everly runs to a remote Alaskan town to find a man she only vaguely remembers and his crew of ex-military brothers who could be her only hope. Blue wants to keep things all business but Everly isn't a little girl anymore and the commanding former SEAL is more temptation than she can resist.
As the men on Everly's trail draw closer, Blue will do anything to protect the woman he's starting to think of as his...
Crane (Edge of Ruin) opens the Alaska Force romantic suspense series with a high-octane but somewhat implausible story. When Blue Hendricks retires from the Navy SEALs and heads to remote Grizzly Harbor, Alaska, relaxation is the last thing on his to-do list. Instead, he's determined to join up with Alaska Force, a tight-knit cadre of other retired military special forces operatives, and keep saving the world. Then his former neighbor Everly Campbell shows up, terrified: she witnessed her roommate's murder, and she's afraid she's next. Somewhat reluctantly, Blue agrees to help her, and they head back to Chicago. Encounters with thugs and Molotov cocktails ensue, and soon Everly and Blue are running to stay alive. As an unlikely villain goes to dramatic extremes for unclear reasons, sexual tension ratchets up. Crane makes the age-old friends-to-lovers trope fresh and appealing, and readers will forgive the story's flaws in the face of skilled characterization and vividly described action.