REVIEW: Marcus by Anna Hackett

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Rating 5 Stars

Hell Squad’s comms officer Elle Milton has it bad for Marcus but he doesn’t seem to notice her at all. And when a mission requires Elle to go out with Hell Squad, Marcus doesn’t want Elle along. Marcus has feelings for Elle but he doesn’t believe that the ex-society girl will ever want someone has rough as him.

I am so in love with this book right now! It was like watching a great action packed alien invasion movie and I can’t wait to get more. I loved the backdrop of an alien invasion on earth — and what unique aliens too! Anna Hackett really came up with some interesting creatures and I’m curious to see if there are more types of aliens that we’ll encounter in later books. I would have liked more about the beginning of the alien invasion but we did get a general overview and imagine more will be revealed in the later books.

I really liked the futuristic state that Earth was in at the time of the invasion. I always hate in movies when this technologically advanced alien race tries to take Earth and we fight back with our normal weapons. Not so in the Hell Squad series! Earth has some great weapons, like exo-skeleton armor that enhances a soldier’s strength and speed, nano technology that helps doctors heal patients, cloaking technology that protects their vehicles from detection, etc. So many goodies were included in this book and Hackett did a great job of forming her world.

I also loved Elle and Marcus as individuals and as a couple. Elle had a lot of guilt over the party girl she used to be and how she acted during the initial invasion, but she’s determined to find her place in this new world and make a difference, especially to Hell Squad, who has become her family. She has no problem standing up to Marcus when she needs to and she can hold her own against the tough soldiers she works with. Marcus was an excellent hero — strong, protective, a bad-ass against the aliens but always supportive of Elle. When she would doubt herself he was there to boost her confidence and remind her that it’s about who she is now, not who she used to be.

The other members of Hell Squad were well represented and I can’t wait to read their stories! Out of personal desire, I wish one sad thing hadn’t happened, but war is a brutal thing.

••• Book Details •••

Hell Squad #1    Romance, Science Fiction    April 19, 2015

In a world gone to hell, Elle Milton—once the darling of the Sydney social scene—has carved a role for herself as the communications officer for the toughest commando team fighting for humanity’s survival—Hell Squad. It’s her chance to make a difference and make up for horrible past mistakes…despite the fact that its battle-hardened commander never wanted her on his team.

When Hell Squad is tasked with destroying a strategic alien facility, Elle knows they need her skills in the field. But first she must go head to head with Marcus Steele and convince him she won’t be a liability.

Marcus Steele is a warrior through and through. He fights to protect the innocent and give the human race a chance to survive. And that includes the beautiful, gutsy Elle who twists him up inside with a single look. The last thing he wants is to take her into a warzone, but soon they are thrown together battling both the alien invaders and their overwhelming attraction. And Marcus will learn just how much he’ll sacrifice to keep her safe.

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