Mac grew up with a tough father and 3 older brothers and he’s been taught not to get attached to anything. As such, she’s reluctant to start something with Niko because she doesn’t want to get attached only to lose him. Niko himself has a past that he would rather keep quiet but in order to save their drones he’ll have to reveal himself at the risk of losing Mac.
After such a perfect meeting, I was excited to read Niko and Mac’s story. I enjoyed Mac’s strength and determination and Niko’s more playful side was a great foil for Mac. I loved the characters in this one! Mac is a tough, kick ass woman and I appreciate how Anna Hackett isn’t afraid to write a strong female lead. At the same time, she’s still shows some vulnerabilities and when it comes down to it she isn’t afraid to love.
I really liked Niko and truly wish I could have more of this story just for him. Although his past is rough, Niko is a truly gentle person with an artistic soul. He’s wanted Mac since she first held a gun on him (talk about a meet-cute). Niko is a bit naughty and I loved how he was with Mac. He lets his attraction to her make him stupid for a brief moment but after that he respects her strength and skills. Niko sketches several pieces of Mac but I would have liked an actual posed session. I love books with artists and though Mac briefly poses during an intimate moment, it’s short.
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Hell Squad #9 • Romance, Science Fiction • June 26, 2017
Mackenna Carides is tough, strong, and excellent at her job as second-in-command of Squad Nine. She often works side by side with Hell Squad on some of the toughest missions to fight back against the alien raptors. Now she’s helping the survivors of Blue Mountain Base settle into their new home at the Enclave. And that means working with the Enclave’s sexy civilian leader, Nikolai Ivanov, an artist who watches her with an intensity that is hard to ignore. A man she’s seen in the field and who she knows is hiding a mysterious past.
Niko is dedicated to the people of the Enclave and to his art. Once, his life was all about death and destruction, now it’s about life and creation—even in the middle of an alien apocalypse. As he welcomes the Enclave’s new members, there is one newcomer he wants to get closer to…but Mackenna is fighting their attraction. As something starts attacking their drones—vital technology for keeping them all safe—Niko realizes that in order to battle this new danger, he’ll have to return to the darkness of his past…and risk Mackenna never looking at him the same way again.
On a dangerous mission to save their drones from the aliens, Niko will need all of his lethal skills and will wade into the fight with Mac by his side. They will be tested to the brink, where nothing is black or white, and they will have to expose themselves and trust each other to fight, live, and love.