Riley’s Mission by E.A. West
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid
Trapped in a flooded hospital, former Israeli operative Jade Rosen discovers she’s not alone. One of the other stranded patients is none other than the cold-blooded killer she'd left behind in a Syrian prison, the man who had forced her to leave everyone she loved behind and go into hiding.
Indiana National Guardsman Riley Jackson is on a mission to locate and contain a cunning terrorist whose guards aren’t responding. He finds more than he bargained for when the woman he loves appears out of nowhere, desperately ill and once again needing his protection.
Will Jade and Riley finally find their happy ending, or will they pay the ultimate price at the hands of a man determined to see Jade dead?
Jade chose the wrong time to be sick. The nurse at the hospital pops her into a room while she fetches the doctor. Unfortunately a wild storm causes the hospital to be evacuated and Jade wakes to find herself alone.
Flooding forces her to climb the stairs to the safety of a higher level, but blocked bronchial tubes make this difficult. On the fifth floor she finds fear in the form of the terrorist Khadoul who has sworn to kill her. She also finds Riley, the man she loves but who she cannot marry.
Due to the threats on her life, Jade has been forced to hide and continuously move on with a new identity. Now she will have to move again, otherwise Khadoul and his colleagues will carry out the threat on her life.
Although short, this is a true action adventure story. I felt Jade’s fear and retreat from Khadoul; her longing to be with Riley; the hopelessness of her situation and the frustration that once again someone else was forcing her down a path she didn’t want to follow.
This is not really a romance, the love side of the story being secondary to the adventure side of things. I have classed Riley’s Mission as sweet because the feelings are restrained to a kiss, though this is mainly because of the lack of opportunity to do anything else.
This is a well-written, thorougly enjoyable short read that's easy to lose yourself in due to the fast pace of the writing and the continuous action. It’s almost a surprise when you suddenly arrive at the end with a satisfied feeling.