Author ~ Jamie Lynn Miller
Published ~ 6th September 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Suspense
Shadow Unit may have overturned the illegal arms cartel in Kuala Lumpur, but the harrowing undercover op left emotional scars on Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Slowly, patiently, they piece their partnership back together, closer now than ever before.
But the arrival of Julian Montgomery, Shawn’s former CIA handler and lover, threatens to tear them apart. Julian knows all of Shawn's secrets as well as the past Shawn has kept hidden from Connor. Now the self-serving Julian wants Shawn back—with the CIA and with him. No one will get in his way. Including Connor.
When the joint Shadow Unit/CIA mission to stop the supplier of a deadly biological weapon goes sideways, Connor is captured, tortured, and used as a human test subject. It’s a race against time to save his life. But who can Shawn trust?
And who has gone rogue?
In the first book in this series, Broken Soldier, I was introduced to the word of Sergeants Shawn Weller and Connor Finley. Members of Shadow Squadron – the men who did, when other armed forces couldn’t. It was an outstanding read, so this book had a lot to live up to. After their mission in book one Shawn has some deep scars which carry over to book two.
The story opens with a shock, and the boys fighting to capture a man with information on a Jihad terrorist cell. It’s an immediate adrenaline rush that, caught my attention and made me internally shout – Hello, this is my kind of story.
Like book one, this is a fast-paced read. No filler chapters or waiting time. It all happens, bang, bang, bang. I had a couple of issues, though. There’s the occasional matter of self-governing body parts, i.e., parts of the body with a mind of their own, without first stating - ‘as if they had a mind of their own’ or words to that effect. It’s an editorial thing that catches out many an author and often slips through the net in self-published work. There was also the more than occasional passive action instead of active. If an action begins and doesn’t stop, then it reads better in the, active, e.g., ‘He began to move, sliding his…’ – this is passive. If he didn’t stop, then he ‘moved, sliding his… – active. This is relevant regardless of tense.
At the conclusion of the first operation, Connor is offered a promotion that could take him away from Shawn. Someone also arrives on base who wants to take Shawn away from Connor. This person is not beyond neutralising Connor in the process.
There are some amazing action scenes in Rogue Soldier. I was treated to, rough, tough military men who worked hard and made love even harder. They had their tender times too, which given their lifestyle was a beautiful contrast in scenes. The story was full of high-octane, heart in the mouth foreboding, gunfire, torturous situations and emotional lovemaking. I got to read more about the backgrounds of Connor and Shawn, which added to the depth of their characters, and the love I already had for these boys from book one.
It is sooooo, tempting to let more spoiler spill, but I rein myself in. Just let your imagination fly. Think, special forces, uniforms, manoeuvres, weapons, evil and two men deeply in love, who others are trying to separate. What could conceivably happen?
It is possible to read Rogue Soldier as a standalone, but if you haven’t read book one and are interested in this series, I suggest you go and read it now. It helps to know some background when reading book 2, and you won’t be disappointed. I gave that a review of 5*.
If you are one of these readers that isn’t happy unless your inner adrenaline junkie is sated during a read, then you will love this.
Book 1: Broken Soldier
Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit -- a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.
Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces.
Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?
WARNING: Contains scenes of drug use, graphic sex and realistic situations