General Adam Holmes has been carrying the weight of the Blue Mountain Base from the beginning and the hard choices he’s had to make are heavy on his shoulders. He believes that he can’t get close to anyone because every choice he makes affects his people and he can’t be too attached.
I’m been waiting so long for Holmes’s story — he’s our stoic leader and it’s about time he found happiness. He was an excellent hero and Liberty was the perfect match for him. Their was also plenty of action in this one along with the sadness that comes with leaving Blue Mountain Base.
I absolutely loved Holmes! He’s been this solid, strong figure throughout the series and we finally get to see the inner workings of Adam Holmes. He might be the most selfless hero ever written and he struggles deeply with the guilt and grief over every person he’s lost on their journey to the Enclave. He’s this great mix of alpha and beta where he’s calm, and sweet but can still kick some alien butt when needed. I thought Liberty was a good match for him because she knows all about living life to the fullest and enjoying the little things. She acts as a perfect balance to remind Adam that life’s about more than just existing.
I also loved the little peek at Niko and can’t wait to see where things go now that they’re at the Enclave. I know these books are not very long but this one felt particularly short, maybe it just went by too quickly and I wanted more. Because they were on the run, there was a lot of action and I’ve been waiting for Holmes story so I just wanted more with him.
Content Note: references to past abuse
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Hell Squad #8 • Romance, Science Fiction • March 5, 2016
General Adam Holmes’ life is dedicated to keeping his small band of survivors alive. On the run, with only Hell Squad and the other soldiers for protection, they are making their last dangerous drive to the secret stronghold of the Enclave. But there are a lot of aliens between them and their destination, and the survivors are tired, worn, and at the end of their limits. Adam feels the pressure dragging him down, but as their leader, he can’t be their friend and he can’t dump his burden on anyone else.
Long before the alien invasion, Liberty Lawler survived her own personal hell. Since then, she’s vowed to enjoy everything life has to offer and she’s managed to do that, even in the middle of an apocalypse. She does what she can to help the survivors in her convoy, but one man holds himself apart, working tirelessly for them all. Liberty can see Adam is at his breaking point and she vows to tear through his rigid control and save him from himself.
But the aliens are throwing everything they have at the humans, trying to stop them from reaching the Enclave. Adam will find his resolve tested and the pressure higher than ever. But it will be one beautiful woman—one who won’t take no for an answer and who worms under his skin—who can save them all and give him the strength to go on.