Sniper's Pride Sniper's Pride on May 7, 2019
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Return to Alaska's Grizzly Harbor where danger strikes with arctic precision and love thaws the coldest hearts in the newest romantic suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of SEAL's Honor.

After Mariah McKenna lands in the hospital with a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction she knows she didn’t cause, she realizes her cheating, vindictive husband would rather have a dead wife than a divorce. Afraid that he will succeed in killing her next time, Mariah goes to Grizzly Harbor to hire one of the Alaska Force special operatives to help her survive long enough to finally live a little.
Griffin Cisneros traded in a comfortable future for boot camp, where he learned the virtue of patience and focus—skills that served him well as a Marine sniper. Few things get to him these days, but something about Mariah’s mix of toughness and vulnerability gets right under his skin. Until it’s clear she’s the one thing in the world that might melt the ice in stoic, reserved Griffin, whether he likes it or not. 

If he can just keep her alive... 

I read the book SEAL’s Honor and liked it but didn’t love it. However this author’s style worked for me, so I grabbed this one.

I liked this book better.

This book starts out with Mariah leaving her husband. He’s tried to kill her twice, but she can’t prove it, and she’s frightened. He’s rich and powerful and his family is besties with the police.

Mariah is in her new apartment trying to survive, and to start fresh. But her husband David can’t let that happen. I actually really love how she finds out about Alaska Force. She’s on youtube watching conspiracy videos and falls down the rabbit hole, as one does. She watches one about this group that no one knows much about but they save people and she needs saving. She looks them up and eventually finds an email address.

That’s how she finds herself planting a false trail to Greece but really heading to Alaska.

When Griffin sees the ice princess get off the ferry, he knows he isn’t going to like her, or this mission, one bit. That chip on his shoulder stays there, even as Mariah hacks at it. But Griffin doesn’t believe that she’s really in danger. He thinks she’s just going through a messy divorce and is being dramatic. But meanwhile, Mariah keeps hacking at his icy exterior, knowing she’ll find an if not gooey center, a slightly less frozen one.

Just as it seems her “accidental” cases of allergic reactions to shellfish that nearly killed her were truly just accidents, it turns out they weren’t. Mariah wasn’t just some trophy wife in a marriage that went south. She’s right, and she’s in need of Alaska Force’s help. But it may be too late for that. She’s already gone.

A quick warning: Mariah is still technically married when Griffin and she have sex. This normally is a hard nope for me, however, she’s already served divorce papers to her awful cheating ex, and she’s been separated from him for a while. I didn’t consider it a cheating issue.

I felt this book held up the plot twist better than the previous one did, and I liked this plot twist a lot too. The action was intense, the love and romance were believable, and the bad guys were bad. I think this author’s voice and style work for me. I am really looking forward to the next book in the Alaska Force series.

***ARC courtesy of the publisher Berkley Books

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