Published: 29th November 2015
Author: Michelle McLoughney
Navy SEAL Odin Byrne believes in two things, the SEAL code of honor and the ability of his Team. When he loses one of his brothers-in-arms, he loses a part of himself. Starting afresh with his Team and back home in Boston, Odin has only one focus, his uncle Declan’s security and detective agency, ‘The Gods of Wrath.’ A new team member is the last thing Odin wants, especially an ex-con who is hot as hell and mouthy to boot. Fighting for control of his agency, his heart, and his damn hormones, isn’t easy. When a new case threatens those closest to him, Odin must work with his adversary to bring a murderer to justice. Simple, apart from the memory of his lips on hers, and that one hot night.
Jasmine McCarthy is starting a new life in Boston. After three years in an Irish prison for a crime committed by her ex-husband, she craves a new start, a new chance. When her friend Declan Byrne gifts her a part of his agency, Jasmine see it as her duty to join the team and follow his wishes, regardless of the opinion of her formidable new boss, Odin Byrne. The pig-head arrogant Ex-SEAL would be a lot easier to ignore, if she hadn’t already had a taste.
Jasmine and Odin want nothing more than to stay the hell away from each other, if only chemistry and fate would play ball…
Hot to start with and then just kept getting hotter! Loved every second of it. Once I started I couldn’t put it down – happily hooked!
Who would have thought flipping a coin in a bar to decide if you want to stay and have a drink with a really hot stranger could end up changing your life, but that’s exactly what happened to Jasmine. After the hell she went through with her ex you can see why she would keep her distance from men but something about Odin (or O as she calls him to start with as that’s all she wants to know) makes her take a chance. One drink soon turns into another and she soon lets go and decides to take what she wants for once – that just happens to be O for one night of hotter than hot fun. She couldn’t be happier with the outcome to start with but when tragedy strikes its ugly head everything gets put into a blender.
After meeting J a hot stranger at a bar and having one of the best nights he can remember in a while Odin is loathed to just let her go. But when he comes back to an empty room he thinks it’s for the best, he doesn’t think he will ever see her again anyway. But tragedy and fate have other plans in store for the pair of them as they are about to be thrown together whether they like it or not. To say that Odin and his family/team mates are shocked that his uncle Declan gave away 10% of his company (Gods of Wrath Security Agency) to a total stranger would be putting it mildly. When Odin finds out that it’s to an ex con who is non other than J his hot one night stand – who incidentally he can’t stop thinking about – he doesn’t know how to handle it.
Jasmine is determined to keep a secret as to how she knew Odin’s uncle to herself, as it means so much to her and how her life turned around because of it. Only problem is that the GOW team, and especially Odin, want to know and then want her gone. Well Odin may keep saying that he wants her gone but with his mixed signals you can see why Jasmine would be so confused – “stop kissing me then!”
Once Jasmine makes it very clear that a payoff won’t make her go away she decides to honour Declan’s wish and start working at GOW. Odin decides that she should shadow him, which brings them that much closer within the working environment. Being in such close proximity to each other at GOW you can see the chemistry come alive once more – well it never really left – but Odin is holding back from wanting to start something with her. When he makes a mistake with how to handle her growing feelings for him though he might just be putting her life in danger. All Jasmine wants to do is feel a worthy part of the team. Going out alone to prove herself to the team though might not be her smartest idea and could end up being her biggest mistake. It might just get her killed – let’s just hope Odin can get to her in time.
The case that Odin and Jasmine are working on did seem to take a bit of a back seat at times and could have been pulled forward for more of a focal point. I do feel that the ending was a little rushed but maybe that’s just me wanting to keep reading about them that made it seemed rushed. Great characters though, lots of different personalities that seemed to work well together nicely – setting the scene for what’s to come further down the road for them all. What a great start to the series. I now cannot wait to see what the rest of the characters get up to!
5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from Be My Book Boyfriend for my honest review.