Review: Shamrock by Janie Crouch @janiecrouch

Posted December 8, 2018 by sinfully in Action, Contemporary Romance, Suspense / 0 Comments

Review: Shamrock by Janie Crouch @janiecrouchShamrock by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #3
Also in this series: Cyclone
Published by Calamity Jane Publishing on December 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Action
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
Source: Author
Also by this author: Cyclone
ISBN: 1790147689

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Every mission has a price.
He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he's forced to abandon a woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the rest of her life.

She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her—let her heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress—even though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever, they’ll have to confront their fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

Aiden Teague lives by one motto “You never leave a fallen comrade behind.” When he first sees a woman with red hair being held against her will during an undercover operation, Aiden vows to get her out alive before any more harm comes to her. He is devastated when things don’t go according to plan and Aiden is forced to leave her, but he makes it his personal mission to see her home safely at all costs and with a little help from his friends at Linear Tactical he does just that.

Violet Collingwood has been taken against her will and is being held captive by human traffickers. She is forced to do things no woman should ever have to do. She compartmentalizes and that is the only thing keeping Violet from losing her mind. When she meets Aiden, he offers her comfort and promises to get her out safely. Violet has been tortured, abused and locked in a cage, but through it all she is a strong woman who survives.

Janie Crouch has done it again. She has published another great book in the Linear Tactical series that is gripping, emotional and full of suspense. Crouch never disappoints and keeps her stories fresh and addicting. I don’t think I have ever loved characters in a series as much as I love the men from Linear Tactical and the women they have come to love. I love that we get to revisit the characters from the first two books and how all the women have become instant friends. They feel like family and I look forward to their brief appearances in each new installment. I can’t get enough of this series!

Aiden is such a sweet guy. He really falls hard for Violet even though she is eleven years younger than him. He treats her with kindness and respect with all that she has been through. He genuinely wants what is best for Violet and helps her heal and in the process they fall in love. The romance is very, very steamy and explosive. Aiden treats Violet as a woman, not a victim and never lets her forget how strong she is. Aiden is so proud of Violet when she takes life by the horns and learns how to defend herself against any situation. But in the process, Aiden does not want to hold her back from life which makes for some tense scenes between the two.

Violet is a fighter and what she wants is Aiden and she is not ashamed to tell him how she feels. Violet is so strong and independent and just because she was kidnapped, it does not make her a victim. She shows time and time again that she is much more than someone young and helpless. She is not fearful of Aiden in the slightest even after everything she went through. Does she have some lasting effects? Yes. She suffers from PTSD and some of those scenes were very painful and emotional to read. But, Violet is made of strong stuff and she works through her issues with the help of a therapist and Aiden and she will not stop at getting what she wants out of life.

This story can be read as a standalone, but I would probably suggest starting fresh from the first book in the series. Shamrock does have a continuation from the story from book two and you may be a little lost as to what is going on if you do not know the backstory, plus there are references to what the other couples in the series have gone through in past books and take it from me, you do not want to miss all of the other wonderful and heartfelt characters in the Linear Tactical series. Janie Crouch has a knack for balancing romance with suspense and I never felt either one was lacking.

I highly highly recommend Shamrock for readers who love their romance sprinkled with an intensely written suspense that will grip you right from the beginning. The Tactical Linear series have all been five star reads for me and at this point I don’t think Janie Crouch can produce anything less than a five star read. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series featuring Violet’s brother Gabe and Jordan Reis who makes an appearance in the first two books. Don’t wait grab this series today. You can thank me later!

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