I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cyclone by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #1
Also in this series: Eagle
Published by Calamity Jane Publishing on September 25, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: HG ARC Readers
Also by this author: Eagle
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He’d protect her from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him?
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…
Doctor Anne Nichols moves back home to Oak Creek, Wyoming taking the position of ER doctor in the town’s hospital. Little did she expect to run into Zac Mackay not even two weeks of being home. Six years ago, Anne ran away from Zac and seeing him again brings back painful memories she wishes she could forget. Anne is the last person Zac ever expects to see again. But when he sees the fear in her eyes when she looks at him, he is determined to find out why. As they get reacquainted with one another, Zac realizes he never stopped have feelings for Anne, but someone sinister has Anne in his sights, one who has the potential of taking Anne away from Zac permanently. Will Zac be able to save Anne in time or will she be lost to him forever?
Romance will always be one of my favorite genres with romantic suspense being my favorite category. I do love a strong alpha hero. Throw in a military MC on top of that and OMG! I am in LOVE! I start seeing hearts in front of my eyes and our hero in this story, Zac Mackay, makes me melt big time. Zac along with his military buddies own Linear Tactics, one of the most well-respected training facilities in the country. Here they teach fighting tactics and weapons training to the public as well as other law enforcement agencies. Zac has a tragic past and for the past six years has never been serious with a woman. Sure he has dated here and there, but that is all he was capable of until Anne waltzes back into his life.
Anne is the girl no one ever notices. In high school she was painfully shy and had a stutter. She is more comfortable staying in the background where she thinks she belongs. Anxiety rules her life and she is not comfortable being the center of attention. Anne is quite content that the people in Oak Creek don’t even remember who she is. She doesn’t want to relive the embarrassment of her time in Tampa nor her disastrous marriage and divorce. This all changes when Zac comes back into her life. People start to remember who she is and the gossip soon starts to spread around the hospital and in their community especially when she starts spending more time with Zac.
Anne and Zac really take the time to get to know one another again. Zac is patient and kind and sees Anne as the beautiful woman she is. He knows he messed up in the past and he is determined to start over with Anne and to make up for what he did. He has never forgotten about her even after all of these years. Their romance is so sweet and so tender. Zac is really good for Anne’s confidence and he slowly helps her see her potential and show her that she is worthy of love, friends, and a life outside of work. I can see how Anne grows as a person finding the confidence within herself and the will to survive when a predator sets his sights on her.
The romance takes center stage in this story with a mystery weaved throughout its pages that builds to an explosive ending I never saw coming. While I had my thoughts on who might behind these sinister acts, I was quite taken by the twist I never saw coming. What a brilliant form of trickery! I was completely taken by surprise and very happy with the way the mystery played out in the story. There is a character I immensely disliked, but they do redeem themselves in the end. Through the book I kept saying “Gah! I do not like this character and by the end I was like “Holy smokes maybe you deserve your own story now! You rock!” One thing I would like to add is about Zac’s military crew. OMG! What a bunch of stand up guys! They are all hot, mysterious, alpha hunks of….whoa! I think I may need a fan soon. It’s getting HOT in here! I am ecstatic that they will be getting their own stories next. I can’t wait! I need more of these guys like right this very second!
Cyclone by Janie Crouch blends a heartfelt and emotional romance along with a thrilling mystery that captured my attention right from the first page. I could not put this book down and stayed up way late into the evening because I just had to finish it. Crouch gets your attention from the word go and does not let go until the very end. I can see why Crouch is a USA TODAY bestselling author. I am definitely looking forward to getting my greedy little hands on the next few books of this series. If you love romantic suspense with an alpha hero and a sweet heroine you will want to start right at the beginning with Zac and Anne’s story