Devastated by her combat experiences, former Marine Grace Garcia is unable to adjust to civilian life until a wayward postcard sends her on a mission that places her in the path of Jared Cooper, the new Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix ATF.
With a new job and a new daughter, Jared has no interest in a new relationship, but when seemingly unrelated events result in a dangerous threat to their lives, he offers Grace refuge.
When witnesses and suspects die before they can talk, Jared becomes convinced the threats are originating close to home, but the perpetrator is always one step ahead as he searches for answers.
As the stakes get higher, can Grace once again embrace her warrior past?
Caught in a nest of deception, can Jared unravel the lies to find the truth before another life slips away?
The truth lies in uncovering the elusive Blue Falcon.
Review by Amanda
This is not your typical boy meets girl story. This story is full of angst, action, adventure, mistrust and of course some romance. This is typically not a book, I would have probably picked up – and I can honestly say that would have been my loss. I often find I stick to what I know best, but sometimes veering out of one’s comfort zones can lead you to some treasure. This book is such for me.
This is the story of Grace Garcia, a retired Marine Corps veteran that has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She left Iraq and returned to the US, wanting to forget the atrocities of war and what it had cost her – both physically and emotionally. A loner with no family, she settles into an impoverished community of Phoenix. Her life is turned upside down when what seems like a case of bad timing sees her involved in the robbery of a grocery store. Upon closer inspection, it is revealed that all is not what it seems and Grace’s life is in imminent danger.
Grace is also on a mission to find Joy Cooper to return a love letter that has been misplaced for so many years. Grace wants to give Joy peace in knowing that the man she loved did not receive the letter and that is why it has gone unanswered. Enter Joy’s son Jared, the new special agent in charge of the Phoenix ATF.
Jared notices that as soon as Grace is introduced into their lives things start going very dangerously wrong. With a new daughter to protect, Jared is on high alert. He believes that Grace’s presence is by no means accidental and believes that she has something to do with either the Cartel or the gangs.
However, after a night at a charity benefit goes horribly wrong, Grace becomes firmly ensconced in his home with his new daughter, and a retired police dog to ensure that everyone’s safety is maintained. A “green light” is placed on both Jared and Grace and it is a race against the clock for Jared to figure out who wants them dead and why.
The previous agent in charge of the ATF is implicated and another wild goose chase ensues. With the number of bodies piling up – the pressure becomes intense on Jared to find the culprits that are threatening the life of his family and the girl that he is growing to love.
However, evidence soon appears implicating that Grace is somehow involved with not only the murders but also with the Cartel and gangs. What is the truth? What is real? Will Jared’s only experience of love be the reason that he loses his daughter, his mother and possibly his life?
I am one of those readers that usually devour books in 1 sitting. I cannot handle not knowing what will eventually happen to the characters. This book was very different for me – in that I would get so anxious and tense that I would have to force myself to put the book down for the night. It really is an emotionally charged roller coaster read that leaves you guessing.
I developed an affinity for all of the characters, even though Jared could be incredibly rude and hard hearted, you knew where it was coming from and could almost forgive him for it. Grace is a tough leading lady; she takes no nonsense and does whatever she needs to do to protect those she loves. She is a soul that is broken though after enduring Iraq, but hides it well from the outside world.
I loved little Hope, such a breath of fresh air considering all that she has had to endure over her short life. She has an affinity to Grace and together they build a bond that is very much like mother and daughter.
I am giving this book 4 stars. It is well written, incredibly well thought out and draws the reader in from beginning to end. There is somewhat of a cliffhanger at the end, so this is definitely going to be part of a series.
I look forward to reading what comes next – and can happily say, I am a Tia Catalina fan.
About Tia Catalina
I have never had a real job. Self-employed since dinosaurs roamed the earth, I decided several years ago to make a change. I joined the Indiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America and the national Sisters in Crime. Learning to write has been one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I derive an enormous sense of achievement from my work as a writer.
I live in central Indiana with my husband and a spoiled pooch named Brandolina Jolie--. Brandy for short, or something not fit for print when she is chewing on the downspouts and digging up my landscaping.