Review: Strike Back by Beth Rhodes

Review: Strike Back by Beth Rhodes

Hawk Elite Security, a group of dedicated men and women.
Moved by duty and honor.
Dedicated to being courageous in the face of adversity.
Passionate about life.


He would let her go if it would keep her safe…

Strong, self-reliant Nathan Hawkins—owner of Hawk Elite Security—can’t fathom a world in which he can’t protect the ones he loves. But the ticking time bomb of scar tissue in his head threatens to end his career and his marriage, even his life. But the scar tissue is nothing compared to the twisted enemy from Nathan’s past who returns, wanting Nathan to pay for his transgressions, pay with his wife.

As the bonds of her once rock-solid marriage disintegrate, Stacy Hawkins is ready to strangle her distant husband if that’s what it takes to break down the barriers. Then she meets a man who makes her feel special again, one who makes her long for what she’s lost with Nathan.

…she would give anything to reach him.

A vacation to their favorite spot in Belize isn’t enough to draw Hawk away from the team, especially when it seems that each mission in the past six months is rife with misfortune. And when Stacy becomes the target of a deranged killer out to punish Nathan, they must confront their own personal demons before they can triumph over the evil intent on leaving them dead.

My Review:
Genre: Romantic Suspense, military
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes Book 1 of Hawk Elite Security)
POV: Stacy, Hawk, Bad Guy
Steam Level: Hints of warmth

Strike Back was a fun romantic suspense. It was both predictable (especially if you’ve read the blurb) and kept you guessing. I like how the tension grew and played out. It took me a little bit to connect the pieces but once I did it sucked me in even further. I think that that was the point and it worked.

I enjoyed how the main characters have been married twenty years and are finding each other again after distance grew between them. That in itself is a unique twist on the romantic suspense genre. It allows them to communicate with just a look or a touch, in the way that a lot of “old, married couples” do (I can say that b/c my husband and I are celebrating 18 years married and 22 together this year so we fall into this category).

The issue Nathan is going through and the emotions that go with it is portrayed realistically. I like how it’s treated as not the end of the world but another challenge to adapt to. It shows just how much have a close set of friends and family are needed and how they are an asset in times of need. They are there to help you up when you’re down.

My only true issue with this book was the formatting and editing. There were quite a few. Not enough to make me stop reading but enough to pull me out of the story at times.

I received this book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Favorite Quotes:

  • No matter how annoying it was, she’d fallen in love with this bossy man long ago and had made him bossy husband by choice.
  • It was as if they’d been made for each other. Always, this complete fit, puzzle piece to puzzle piece
  • He found himself there and everything grinded to a stop. She was this peace he didn’t have unless she was present.
  • She was his perfection-everything he ever needed, wanted, and craved. She’d been his first love, and she would be his last.

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