Devlin by Anna Hackett
Series: Hell Squad #11
Published: December 18, 2016 by Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…
Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens. As she works with the sexy, suave Devlin, she starts to see glimpses of the man beneath the cool exterior. An exterior she soon finds she wants to melt.
In the worst of circumstances, a passion is born. But on the run for their lives, Devlin and Taylor soon discover far worse things in the alien facility: human prisoners and a weapon that could be the very downfall of the human race. A weapon that will threaten their friends, their home, and everything they hold dear.
Devlin started out with a bang, no pun intended, and Devlin and Taylor find themselves exploring feelings they didn’t know they had. Complicating things is the discovery of a new Gizzida weapon which can hypnotize humans and make them a willing slave of the invading aliens. I’m starting to wonder how the humans will ever defeat the Gizzida because they seem to have some amazing new alien creatures and weapons, but I can’t wait to keep reading and find out.
I love stories where the character(s) have been captured or are stuck behind enemy lines. There’s an immediate level of trust that is required for them to work together and escape. Devlin has experienced a lot of loss and betrayal in his life and he’s used to being and working alone so while he trusts Taylor’s skills he’s not sure he can trust her love. Losing his family at a young age and going deep into the spy world has scarred Devlin on the inside and outside. Taylor also has her own dark past but instead of staying apart it’s pushed her to protect others and embrace life.
I loved both Devlin and Taylor as individual characters and as a couple. Anna Hackett seems really good at creating likable characters that I want to keep reading about. I felt like we only got a surface level look at each of these characters but even with that I still loved them. Devlin might be a bit of a loner but he’s also really charming and mysterious so he naturally attracts female attention. Taylor is a tough soldier who knows how to kick butt and I loved that she’s so independent and strong.
As a bonus we get to see more from my favorite couple, Marcus and Elle, and it was really sweet to touch base with some of the earlier couples in the series.
**Reader Safety: Heroine was kidnapped and abused by a serial killer as a child (referenced, off page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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