Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Review: EAGLE | Linear Tactical Series by Janie Crouch

EAGLEHe’s fighting for what’s right.
She’s fighting just to survive…

When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with a deadly government mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field.

But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad news. 

Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.

And can in so many more ways than he thinks.

When the undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, they’ll all have to depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive. But everyone has a breaking point…

REVIEW BUTTON (2)

3 Stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary | Suspense

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***

Suspenseful romance is always a hit or miss with me, plus when you are still getting use to the author’s writing style, as a reader you are trying to decide how far your obsession will take you. Janie Crouch has an interesting way of her writing style, I like a lot about it yet I am still on the fence. 

Jumping into EAGLE though, I was ready to continue this amazingly interesting suspenseful romance. Another angle to the romance itself that I really enjoyed, something that surprised me to enjoy was that this was a second change lovestory. Charlotte had previously left Finn to marry another man and now they are working to rekindle their romance. This is of course just the tip of the iceberg that is the rollarcoaster of events to their romance and I am left on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I really enjoyed a lot about Finn. He admits his resistance towards the return of Charlotte, I like his initial reaction – it was believable. Plus, adding in his eight year old son, Ethan they were the best part of everything EAGLE. They were so protective, sweet, kindhearted, charismatic, truly they made this novel. For me personally, I just felt more connection towards Finn’s dynamic. And speaking of the other side, Charlotte – I liked her, I did. Ugh, I feel I am so shameful to fictional female characters, but I can’t help it. Charlotte appeared on many occasions very headstrong, overly confident and honestly she wasn’t remorseful for her past actions. It also irked me that on many points, she somewhat belittled Finn, she thought the worst of his person, instead of recognizing the growth. 

The romance was definitely the main attribute for the novel, not that I am complaining. Charlotte and Finn together was actually great chemistry, they just fell into place. But it was simply that with all the drama and suspense whirling around, I felt it did still feel a little of a backdrop scenario to the main characters rekindling their love. The build was great, but something lacked, at least for me.

Even with what seems to have annoyed me, or even made me dislike certain aspects of the characters (namely Charlotte…) I really did enjoy EAGLE. I think it was more intense, power driven and the chemistry between Charlotte and Finn was delicious. The suspense factor still kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see all the webs tie together neatly. I am also really excited to see the next story – there is much promise with Aiden, yes! 

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