Series: Lucky Thirteen Book #3
Author: S.E Butler
Blurb: Five years ago, former NSA agent Cadence Long almost died from her mentor’s bullet. She learned one valuable lesson that day: Trust no one. That’s why her casual friendship with Dylan works so well. They both agree that a romantic relationship is off the table but when he starts flashing that dazzling smile and those twin dimples at her, the sizzling attraction between them becomes impossible for her to resist.
Navy SEAL Dylan Urban is ready for more than a romp in the sheets with Cadence, but convincing her proves a more difficult mission than he’s prepared for. After she runs off on an unsanctioned, one-woman kamikaze mission, the only way he can see to protect Cadence is to get her open up herself to trust him, but it might mean losing his heart in the process.
While on the trail of one of the most notorious traitors in recent history, both Dylan and Cadence must decide if what they have or could have is worth giving up the chase, or if for once, they might have to trust another to break down the walls they so carefully crafted.
Thoughts: I had read the first book in this series, so I thought I would snatch this one up. It’s a good read, but not an exceptional one in this series. First off, I wasn’t quite as connected with the characters as I would have liked. For the most part Cady does try to remain distant in order to avoid getting hurt (which is understandable given her past) – however, even within the ‘private thoughts’ of these characters you don’t seem to get the full intensity of their feelings and/or emotions. It’s not enough to say things within the confines of the story – I need to ‘feel’ it as well. And it just wasn’t there with these characters. Another issue I had was the fact that this is an elite SEAL team, and Cady is constantly viewed as this major bad a&% – yet in almost every single instance they are getting the drop put on them (even by totally inexperienced shop keepers!) Really? Kind of disappointing. Come on, I don’t expect them to always win, but not to be pathetic agents either.
Bottom line: An ok read, but not the best in this series.