Silent Warrior, Book 1
Publisher; Samhain Publishing
Date published: December 2010
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via publisher
J.L. Saint has delved into military romance with COLLATERAL DAMAGE, the first book in her Silent Warrior series.
Delta Force member Jack Hunter is career military. After a rescue mission goes bad and devastates his team, his injuries leave the memory of the events a bit shaky. The only thing he knows for sure is that the terrorist that he shot and killed appears to be a prestigious American businessman. Deciding that the man’s wife must know something, he cuts his recovery short and goes in search of her.
Lauren Collins is shocked to learn her cheating ex-husband was involved in terrorist activities. Before she is able to process that bit of information, she finds herself dodging bullets with a wounded Delta soldier who she finds herself surprisingly drawn to. Thrust into a world of treason and political treachery, Lauren will have to trust Jack if she is to save her sons and her best friend from kidnapping terrorists.
This reader will have to admit up front that she has read the second book, TACTICAL DECEPTION, before reading COLLATERAL DAMAGE. Having enjoyed the first book in the Silent Warrior series so incredibly, there was no way the first book was going to be overlooked.
J.L. Saint’s COLLATERAL DAMAGE had a good premise and plenty of action. The hero, sexy and determined, but injured, Jack Hunter, in all his well-built Delta musculature was all readers could hope for in a hero. Lauren Collins, single mom of twins, is strong and holds up under pressure well, even if she had no idea her ex-husband had fallen in with terrorists until Jack shows up on her doorstep and the shooting begins. But the bad man in the yellow hat and his “son” the monkey had to be my favorite characters in this book (who didn’t love Curious George as a child?). Of course this George tore the noses off his victims’ faces when he was being kind. A villain (especially one that comes off somewhat comical in his insanity) that truly deserves the death we know is coming – does it get any better than that? I think not.
Though COLLATERAL DAMAGE wasn’t quite as well written as the book that follows it, J.L. Saint has penned what is shaping up to be an interesting and intriguing new military romance series that fans of the genre are sure to be on the lookout for. Whether you start with COLLATERAL DAMAGE or skip this introduction to the series and go right to TACTICAL DECEPTION, J.L. Saint has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with in military romance.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.