Griff by Anna Hackett
Series: Hell Squad #17
Published: March 20, 2019 by Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Squad Three berserker Griff lived through hell long before the alien invasion. Once, he’d been a dedicated cop, but then in a gut-wrenching betrayal, he ended up behind bars in a supermax prison. After the aliens invaded, he managed to escape and join the soldiers fighting back…and came face to face with his best friend’s little sister—the bold, vibrant, off-limits woman he’s always wanted. Now the beautiful, tattooed Indy is his squad’s comms officer…and she hates his guts.
Indy Bennett lost her parents and brother in the alien attack, and every day, she vows to suck the marrow out of life. She’s also doing her bit in the fight, as Squad Three’s comms officer, even if it means seeing the man who broke her young heart. Griff was once her brother’s best friend, a boy she adored, but now she knows she needs to steer clear of the hard-edged man who still draws her like a moth to a flame.
Griff vows to claim Indy as his. The only problem is, Indy is having none of it. As their fiery attraction explodes, they find themselves embroiled in the hunt for the aliens’ unexplained octagon weapon, and a mysterious survivor town where all is not what it seems. Both Griff and Indy will have to learn to let go of the hurts of the past if they have any chance of not just surviving, but having a future.
Hell Squad has become one of my favorite series to read and I was so happy to be back with all these characters. Anna Hackett knows how to deliver an action packed, sexy romance and Griff is no exception. The surviving humans at the Enclave are still working to defeat the Gizzida aliens by discovering and destroying their new mystery weapon. I really liked that Griff included some more of the post-apocalyptic human element through a small settlement of survivors that the team encounters. This really added a new depth to the world building that Hackett has done so far.
I’ve been intrigued by Griff from early on because all we really knew about him was that he was a cop and an ex-con. Intriguing! Because of his past experience, Griff has a lot of anger and rage that he works through by killing aliens. He’s also still dealing with the pain of being betrayed by someone he trusted and this resonates in Griff’s thoughts and actions. Griff has known Indy for many years; before she was just his friend’s annoying little sister, but as she grew up he found himself attracted to her. He’s ready to go all in with Indy if only he can convince her to give him a chance. At the same time, Griff has secrets about how he ended up in prison and he’s not sure his relationship with Indy can survive those secrets coming out.
Indy was wonderfully wild and opinionated and not afraid to live life. As a young woman she made a pass at her older brother’s best friend but Griff turned her down. I really appreciated that Indy didn’t wallow in this rejection and instead went out there and lived her best life. I loved Indy’s personality and her inner fire; she doesn’t worry about regrets and instead just lives her life and keeps going. She makes Griff work for her attention and I just loved her!
It definitely feels like this series is winding down and I’m both excited to see what happens but also sad to see the end.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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