Gabe is the strong, silent type and he’s not used to expressing his emotions. He’s still dealing with guilt and grief over his twin brother’s death and though Emerson provides the only peace he knows he doesn’t know how to tell her that.
So I’m a huge fan of romance, I read it almost exclusively, but I also love science fiction (mostly TV and movies). I have to confess that I might be enjoying the science fiction alien plot even more than I’m enjoying the romances in this series. But no worries, the romance is great I’m just so interested in everything we learn about the aliens. I love that this series takes place almost a year after the invasion; this means that the characters have already settled into accepting a new way of life and are now ardently fighting back.
Gabe is already familiar with accepting a new life, he and his twin brother were a part of a secret, experimental military project before the invasion and it’s enhanced his dark and dangerous disposition. That being said, Gabe is a surprisingly sweet character and though he struggles with letting Emerson in and talking about his feelings, he expresses himself in other ways. I loved the little gifts he would leave for Emerson as a way to show that he cared when he wasn’t able to say the words. I would have liked more about Gabe’s history in the experimental military program. We’ve gotten hints at it in the previous books and thought we’d learn more in this one. Especially considering Emerson is the doctor on base, I would think she would be really interested in what was done to Gabe. Well that wasn’t so in this one; we really don’t learn anything new about it, mostly because Gabe doesn’t really understand all that was done to him.
Emerson is a typical tough and strong Anna Hackett heroine so no complaints there. Now that she knows what the aliens are really up to with their human captives, she’ll have her work cut out for her.
I also liked the brief look at a new squad, the Berserkers or Squad 3. I think their name speaks for itself and I’m certainly intrigued and hope we’ll get some books about them.
••• Book Details •••
Hell Squad #3 • Romance, Science Fiction • May 25, 2015
Hell Squad soldier Gabe Jackson has lost everything that mattered, including his twin brother. Now he just wants to kill the invading aliens anyway he knows how…and he knows a lot of ways. Previously part of a secret Army super-soldier project, he’s faster, stronger, deadlier…but on the inside, he’s a mass of rage, and pain, and grief—all waiting for a chance to drag him under. Until he finds her.
Dr. Emerson Green had her life planned: thrive in the high-stress environment of the ER, build her career, have a great life. Then the raptor alien invasion happened. Now she’s the head of the medical team for the secret base sheltering human survivors outside of Sydney. She’s also in charge of patching up the soldiers who get too close to raptor claws. She’d never planned for this…and she’d never planned for sexy, brooding Gabe Jackson.
As Emerson uncovers clues to the aliens’ secret plans for the human race, she and Gabe collide in a storm of volatile passion. But the brooding soldier is as stubborn as he is silent, and Emerson knows she must convince him to reach out to her…because Gabe is a ticking time bomb about to go off.