Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group’s Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.
Delta: Retribution starts with a one-night stand between Trace and Mallory. A super-hot, intense, one-night stand. Trace is broken and Mallory is more than she appears, so we’re not surprised when Mallory is the high value target or, HVT, that Trace and his team are sent in to rescue. What happens after is pure Cristin Harber.
Even though this is a novella, there’s a lot going on. There’s Trace’s backstory and his determination to find his fallen brother’s missing dog tags in the Afghan desert, there’s Mallory/Marlana”s secret government project that everyone wants, and then there’s the romance. Cristin Harber accomplishes a lot in just 100 or so pages, and she does it well. But what’s missing is that special…umph…for lack of a better word, that builds tension and sexual longing in her stories. There’s only so much you can do in something of this length, and she did what she does best, tells a steamy, action-packed story. Hopefully this story will do what it’s intended to do, whet the appetite of readers who aren’t familiar with her writing. Because as good as Delta: Retribution is, her full-length novels are so much more.
Mallory/Marlana is one of my favorite kick-ass Titan female. I love that she’s smart, sweet, and tough, in a very different way than any of the other characters in the series. As the mother of twin boys, Trace’s loss strikes me at my core. I think every mother feels the loss of a child is the worst thing imaginable, but the loss of one of my twins would somehow kill me a little more because of what it would do to his brother. I like Trace well enough, but he’s missing something, and I’m not sure exactly what it is. He’s no Cash, maybe I’ll just leave it at that.
This is a good, quick read that entertains in a very steamy, Cristin Harber way. I would love to see their characters continue somehow, or even further developed at some point. If you’re not familiar with the Titan Series, for $0.99, you can pick up the Hot Alpha SEALS Military Romance Megaset and sample Critsin Harber as well as 11 other award-winning authors.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About Cristin Harber
Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author. Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.
She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.