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Monday, March 15, 2010

Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross

Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (370 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Targeted by a terrorist cell, Bryn McAllister survives a bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut only to be left to die in a desert cellar. When she is rescued by Navy SEAL Lieutenant Declan McCabe and his team, Bryn must rely on the handsome officer to get her to safety. But just when she thinks the nightmare is over, family friend and legendary CIA operative Luke Hutchinson recruits her and McCabe to help track down the terrorist mastermind responsible for the attack.

With Bryn determined to see the terrorist brought to justice, Dec joins up to protect her, prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe during their dangerous mission. Battling the explosive attraction between them, Dec fights to keep his distance from her so he can do his job and keep her alive. But when plans falls apart and Bryn is captured, he must make the agonizing choice between his duty as a SEAL and the life of the woman he loves.

As current as today’s news, Cover of Darkness is scary as all get out at times.

Bryn McAllister of American/Lebanese heritage, a social worker in Oregon, visits her politically powerful father in Beirut. After his death and her captures by longtime enemies of her father, Bryn’s life becomes entangled with Navy SEAL Lt. Declan McCabe (Dec) and with Luke Hutchinson’s (the ex-husband and father of Bryn’s friend Emily and her son Rayne).

Farouck Tehrazzi, a religious zealot, a Harvard graduate, and American trained fighter, has sworn jihad until all infidels are destroyed. His warped mind makes him determined to capture his old enemy’s daughter—Bryn.

The testosterone level all but sucks the oxygen out of the room after Dec’s SEAL team rescues Bryn then has to hole up to wait out a sandstorm. Their male protective energy is palpable. They watch Bryn, under difficult conditions, keep moving even when it seems her last ounce of strength is gone, and when the fighting starts, she proves to be a good one to have on their side.

She calls up every skill and instinct she has to survive even when things look hopeless. She is feminine, gentle by nature, but incredibly tough when she needs to be. Even when Luke puts her at great risk, she “sucks it up” and does her part even though it is degrading and disgusting.

Dec, a born leader, loves the adrenaline rush of the action Navy SEALs engage in, but he questions the advisability of doing it for too long after he sees how Luke Hutchinson operates. His attraction to Bryn makes him rethink his priorities.

The many intriguing secondary characters and their motivations, the subterfuge, hate, and the love make Cover of Darkness a breathtaking and a heartbreaking story of life in a war zone and what it takes to survive. The price is sometimes high. The excitement, fear, and horror keep the adrenaline pumping at top speed as the story unfolds. How love survives and even thrives in such times is a mystery and a miracle.

Kaylea Cross’ writing style plunks the reader down into the middle of the action, traitorous deals, and the horrors of war as she mines the best and the worst of human nature to create a phenomenal love story.