Series: Black Ops Brotherhood, 1
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Engineering student Victoria Saenz lands a dream job as a housekeeper while she attends graduate school. Major Reese Thompson, USMC, is no ordinary master of the house. His hard body and strict military manner are male perfection.
Reese is stuck in a loveless marriage with a hypochondriac wife. He returns from Iraq to divorce papers left with his maid. Victoria agrees to stay, to help him pick up the pieces, but Reese’s attraction to Victoria grows every day as the house seems to get smaller. The brunette beauty is there at every turn, tempting him.
They discover a deep, sometimes dark love for one another as danger looms. The terrorist cell Reese has worked tirelessly to take down has a secret weapon in their war against Reese. Will Reese and Victoria's love withstand the storms of war, despite all the forces threatening to tear them apart?
This was my first time reading Ms. Juarez’s work and it will not be the last. With Rapid Dominance the first in the Black Ops Brotherhood series, she gave us a thoughtful tale of love and acceptance.
Reese is a strong man in an untenable situation. He is determined to stand behind his vows but with each year it gets harder and harder. I found myself equally impressed and mad with both the man and the poor treatment he received. I totally agreed with Victoria and wanted to protect him even as I urged him to move on. His wife was a piece of work and his honor dictated his actions even as she was unworthy of his honor. Ms. Juarez did a wonderful job of getting her readers invested in Reese and his situation. I wanted to strangle his wife and hug him tight. I kept urging him in my mind to move on, drop her, stand strong and when an author does that I feel like she has hit a home run. Ms. Juarez also knew when to make Reese strong. I think it is a delicate balance to make a man strong without making him stupid and Ms. Juarez hit that mark well. When Reese finally let go and moved forward I was ecstatic and glad he did so before he became a caricature. I loved that Ms. Juarez gave Reese and strong woman. Victoria was a wonderful balance to the horrid woman he was married to. She allowed Reese to see what a relationship should and could be. I loved that Victoria sense of honor was as deeply ingrained in her as it was in him. Seeing their friendship blossom into something more was wonderfully portrayed.
I thought this story was well written and full of emotional depth and character. And I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Five Shooting Stars!!