Reviewer: Tracey Wheeler
Title: Sizzle and Burn - 1st in the Men of Delta Force series
Author: Alexis Grant
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 2.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Alexis's Website/Blog: None found
Sizzle and Burn: The Men of Delta Force is the first in a series by Alexis Grant.
Ryan Mason is described as a hard-bodied, strong, and dedicated captain of Delta Force. As the book begins, he and his team are on a mission to extract a nuclear warhead from a submarine. A very dangerous mission, but instead of danger, Ryan cannot get Mia Austin, his love of ten years ago, out of his mind.
Mia Austin is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at The Smithsonian, and has discovered some interesting research. Like Ryan, Mia cannot forget their past relationship, but assures herself that Ryan has moved on.
In her research, Mia discovers that it would be possible for a terrorist group to use seismic faults in the Earth, along with weapons and create a natural disaster. She is asked to present her findings at a scientist conference in New York.
Ryan’s next assignment happens to be the same conference, and knows his "clients" will be some of the nation’s top scientists, but he doesn’t realize Mia Austin will become the target he is to protect.
This book was very light on action and suspense, which there was not much of until the last few chapters. There was great detail on the rekindled romance of Ryan and Mia. I felt the "bedroom scenes" were too detailed for my taste.
The plot of the terrorists using seismic faults for disasters, was a little far-fetched, and was not explored past catching the potential terrorists, so I couldn’t relate to the reason for the Ryan’s mission…
The author’s descriptive writing of the characters painted a very vivid picture of what they must have looked like. They were very likable, including Mia’s mentor, Dr. Cortland, who was an older gentleman that saw the potential Mia had and became her "cheerleader" of sorts.
Although it was more romance than mystery, I found myself rooting for Ryan and Mia to conquer the bad guys and be together again.
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