Danger stalks Jena… Past mistakes haunt Noah. When a stalker comes after her, will Noah be able to put the past behind him and keep her safe?
Princess of pop Jenavieve DuMont knows better than to get close to a fan, but when she needs help protecting a prized show horse for her grandfather—as well as tracking down a missing portfolio of her latest songs—there’s only one man she can call on…her biggest fan ever.
Former SEAL Noah Pierce has been in love with his best friend’s little sister since Jena stole his heart when they were just kids. He thought the two of them had it all until she refused to marry him once she hit the big time. All these years later, his heart is still a wreck, but Jena needs him. He can’t say no.
Once he lands in Tennessee, Noah realizes the horse isn’t the only one in need of protection. When a stalker draws near, Jena loses more than her songs. A killer goes after those closest to her and will stop at nothing in order to ruin her life.
While I liked Jena and Noah (second chance romance FTW!), loved watching Queen B in action as always, and the “whodunit” aspect of the story kept me guessing, Risk isn’t going to be my hands-down favorite of the series. There was a bit more waffling than felt necessary throughout–are they back together, or aren’t they? Will Jena and Noah continue on their current career paths, or choose a path that will allow them to go forward together more easily? Just when I thought they’d decided, it became clear that these questions were up in the air again, and it was frustrating at times.
Still, there were more individual bits here that I liked than ones than I didn’t. Jena and Noah were good together, and I enjoyed their interactions with many of the secondary characters as well. (Ash and Kaitlyn? There must be a book there, surely! ;)) The HEA felt well-earned, and though I was sure that things weren’t exactly as they seemed throughout the suspense plot, I didn’t have it all figured out before the truth was revealed. Better yet, Ms. Evans appears to be setting us up for yet another spin-off series–with spies, nonetheless!–which will definitely have me haunting her website to see when the first book will be released. (Not until 2019, according to the back of this book. Here’s to hoping the time will fly between now and then!)
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the series:
Shadow Force International: A group of former SEALs, abandoned by the United States and labeled as rogue operatives, who now work as a black ops team performing private intelligence, security, and paramilitary missions for those who have nowhere else to turn.
Books in the SEALs of Shadow Force Series:
Fatal Truth – Trace and Savanna
Fatal Honor – Miles and Charlotte
Fatal Courage – Jax and Ruby
Fatal Love – Cal and Beatrice; Connor and Sabrina
Fatal Vision – Colton and Shelby; Connor and Sabrina
Fatal Thrill – Jon and Jaya
Risk – Noah and Jena