Soldier of Fortune by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Hydrangea
Joanna “Mac” McGregor loves her father, and she’ll do anything to keep him safe after Alzheimer’s starts to steal his mind. That takes money, and Mac uses her only skills—those of soldiering—when she takes up a security contract in Iraq. She doesn’t have time for men, her last vacation fling in Fiji relegated as one perfect moment to hold close during the grim realities of war.
Soldier Louie Lithgow is tired of fighting and has decided this is his last contract. He wants to retire, sink his savings into a place on the beach, and find the sexy Joanna, his holiday lover.
Mac’s arrival in Iraq causes consternation. They’ve both been economical with the truth, but the attraction sizzling between them flares hot and bright. They embark on a clandestine affair—professional and confident during their high-danger day, passionate with the release of emotional stress during their torrid nights. One thing is clear—they have different goals and the future is both murky and dangerous. If they survive their contracts.
Will former lovers Joanna "Mac" Mcgregor and Louie Lithgow get back together and develop a lasting relationship while busy fighting the war? Or is it hopeless and too dangerous -- especially when you toss in that Louie is Joanna's boss to boot?
I really enjoyed this book. I like Joanna's character very much. She is tough, yet devoted and loving, feisty and strong. I liked how she really loved her father, and checked on him to make sure he was well taken care of. I also liked Louie as well. A nearly perfect hero, he was hard on the outside, yet very caring toward Joanna and the rest of their team. The chemistry between Joanna and Louie was scalding hot. And even though they fought it, as their encounters progressed it was clear they really mattered to each other, and were involved in a loving relationship.
The plot of this book was really exciting, believable and well done. It was packed with thoroughly described, high action and never got boring. And I liked how the team, after many trials and difficulties, came to be eventual friends and stood strong amongst all of the fighting. And, just to add icing on the cake, the sex was smoking hot!
If you like action and a good plot in your books, along with a great couple with chemistry and screamin' hot intimate scenes, then this is the book for you.