Once they're gone, can you ever get them back?
As a CIA spy turned traitor to her country, Cara Lee kissed her virtues goodbye long ago. After seventeen years, her retribution ended with the burial of her enemy and a fresh start with her daughter. If only she could forgive herself enough to rebuild their relationship.
Luck—her daughter’s fiancé—wasn’t Cara’s only attempt at atonement. She took Marina Sorensen off a Swedish street corner and schooled her in the art of survival. Too bad the girl sold her and Luck out to the thugs of Brödraskapet.
Her disciplined nature prods Cara to tie the loose end—one way or the other. But the commander of the UN’s special forces has other plans. The last thing she wants is another government job. Given an ultimatum—and a babysitter—she plays along.
Tyler Grace should have been a farmer in east Texas, but the universe had other plans. A tactical expert for the Base Branch, when he finds a problem, he seeks the best way to fix it. Cara presents an obstacle he’s ill prepared to conquer—but he’ll die trying.
Struggling to sort through her past, Cara clings to the one virtue she has left, while Tyler dares to prove she never lost them.
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Virtues - — noun
1. moral excellence; goodness; righteousness, valor
3. conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.
This book follows the journey of Cara Lee whom we met first in Danger Mine, with Khani sending out a team to locate and being her in. Then in Versions, we got to see a bit more of her, and an intro to the messy history when she had no choice but to leave her family and daughter behind and disappear. That said we are so ready for her story, the whys and wherefores that weaves this lady who, although is no spring chicken, is fighting ready and able to do what needs done to keep her loved ones safe. We also see a bit more of Rin and Luck from Versions and allow you to feel the flow of the series as other characters and scenarios overlap and coincide with other books of the series.
You feel for Cara and the need for her life to be slower now and rekindle relationships with her Dad and daughter, and she can relax somewhat from the hyper vigilance that is so much part of her. I find her hard and crusty, a lot like Tucker (the BB director) before he became tamed (*wink), with a huge well of hidden softness inside that really has been so suppressed and subdued that you want so much for her to have peace, to reclaim her humanness and feel again.
We see this true mother keeping her chicks in line and I love that she finds her HEA, although very hard won, we get to smile at the end of it all. Thanks to Tyler being this big oaf sweet boy, of course with the Base Branch biceps and body, to snap her to attention and allow her to have someone in her corner who'll take care of her and not always her taking care of everyone. This one to me was mostly about growth and forgiveness of self as well as letting go a bit of control and allow some of your hard shell to slip away. I think Cara is my favorite female so far, somewhat like Sloan with the trust issues and suppressed emotions, but so much in need of TLC.
Now that is only part of the experience as you are subjected to many action packed scenarios and tense moments that you have major trouble putting the book aside. True to form this is a Base Branch book full characters and complete with a bit of everything, sometimes more than the kitchen sink.
Only critique I can give is that they are not long enough and like a favorite series you have to wait for another dose of your favorite bunch of hard bodied heroes and independent heroines but I respect the process and the author very much so I guess it's like a special treat you know is coming and you wait patiently to unwrap and savor... YUM!!!!!!!