Sunday, October 26

Review: Over the Line by Emmy Curtis

Title: Over the Line
By: Emmy Curtis
Series: An Alpha Ops Novel #1
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
BookWhisperer Rating:

The last time James Walker saw Beth Garcia, he was carrying her off the battlefield. A year later, he runs into her as she’s completing her last physical therapy appointment before she can be deployed again. She’s still sexy as hell, but just as prickly and hard-headed as she was when they first met.

An arranged rock climbing weekend together quickly turns into a nightmare family wedding after a panicked phone call from his sister about mysterious and ominous emails she’s been receiving.

Beth, thinking she’s going rock climbing for the weekend, is surprised when she realizes the biggest rock she’ll be facing is the one James needs her to wear. And while trying to protect James’s sister, she’ll also have to lie to James’s father, the Director of the CIA, about who she is, jeopardizing her carefully planned career. And while she does owe James her life, he’s in for a wild ride if he thinks he can get away with this deception unscathed…

When I started I was really feeling the chemistry between our two main characters. After Beth and James make it out of Afghanistan it was easy to accept a lusting from afar. They are great characters, and the plot is wonderful. I really like the independent nature of both characters, and the compliment that they would offer to one another.  I also easily accepted the weekend of climbing with someone that you not overly familiar with. Although, this is where the story seems to drift off course. Discovering James hiding to return home for a wedding would have naturally been a shock. Not to mention there was no discussion what so ever about the fact they he is using her as a scapegoat. Now, I am not saying that she should have whined and pouted, but even a teasing comment highlighting the fact that maybe he didn't invite her climbing just to hang out. Immediately, they fall into a plotting deception of her attending the wedding with him. The ease with which Beth accepts pretending to be James fiance was really unbelievable. No normal person finds themselves in this type of situation without any thought to the deceit and betrayals involved. Everything that follows is really inconsequential, because it followed much of the same tone. I believe that there was a whole lot of potential not reached in this story, and I find it heartbreaking. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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