Unbroken Heroes #3
by Dawn Ryder
Published on March 7, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
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Desire is more dangerous than anything in Deep Into Trouble, the next Unbroken Heroes novel from Dawn Ryder.
Saxon Hale lives for the hunt--taking down the bad guys, stopping them dead in their tracks. His latest mission has him in New Orleans, where people go for the party that never ends. But fun is the last thing on Saxon's mind now that he's a breath away from closing in on a vicious overlord known only as the Raven. Until an innocent young woman unknowingly enters the very deadly game...
Ginger Boyce is a librarian who's growing tired of being so buttoned-up on the job, and when she attends a conference in the Big Easy, she decides to taste the wild side of life. But when her dance with darkness becomes lethal, she's in dire need of protection--and ends up in the embrace of a man who radiates danger and desire. Soon Saxon finds himself Ginger's shield against an enemy whose power they haven't yet begun to face. But will he be able to keep his mind on his mission while the very woman under his care drives him beyond distraction?
I don’t think I should have read this book before the first two in the series. Generally, I can with romances but the whole time I felt like I was missing something that would have tied this story together. But in terms of the story itself, I’m not sure I really liked it to be honest.
Ginger, a librarian, is in New Orleans for a convention but has a bit of a wild side and ends up in the middle of a hunt for a crime lord led by one Saxon Hale. She ends up forced into his care or risk death for witnessing a murder no one should have seen.
The story itself was alright. I don’t normally go for suspense stories but this one definitely kept me on my toes. There’s a lot going on with the various subplots as well as different points of view that, again, I think I would have better understood if I had read the previous books. But I enjoyed the politics in the background which is something I never thought I would find myself saying. And there are definitely still a lot of loose ends to be addressed in future books which definitely have me intrigued. Where I started losing interest was the romance itself.
Ryder brought the chemistry between Ginger and Saxon to life throughout the book. Those steamy scenes were hot. But when it came down to the serious part of their romance, it fell flat. I never felt the connection between them past the physicality.
On their own, I didn’t mind the characters. Ginger was innocent but tough and she took all the punches thrown at her. I liked that she kept a sense of humor despite the grim situations she ends up in. Saxon is hard-headed but his duty comes above all else and he shows that time and again.
When together, I think Ginger’s innocence really came through and Saxon held back quite a bit since he was still on the job. Plus the whole crime lord chasing after Ginger bit. And I believe the romance could have worked but it felt too much like Stockholm Syndrome into a happily-ever-after and some part of it never sat quite right with me.
I think I would definitely read more by this author but I can’t say I was all too impressed with the romance in this particular book. I did, however, enjoy the story as well as all it’s twists and turns. The writing is good and kept me reading no matter my thoughts on the romance, and Ryder definitely knows how to keep you in suspense. I’m interested to see where this series goes next.