Raw Power by Jackie Ashenden Release Date: February 27, 2018 Publisher: Kensington Book #1 in the 11th Hour series Number of Pages: 304 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Purchase Romantic Suspense/Military M/F Rating: XXX Read 11/9/18 to 11/10/18
Rugged, skilled, and hard-bodied, Jack King’s whole life was the Marines until an injury left him discharged from active duty. But he finds a new purpose when he’s recruited by a special unit that employs ex-military to do very special jobs. Yet he’s not impressed when his first assignment is babysitting the pretty, perfect daughter of a politician—especially when she’s far from the angel she appears to be . . .
Callie Hawthorne hates politics, and she hates playing the part of a senator’s goody two shoes daughter even more. It only gets worse when her father decides she needs a security detail 24/7—and the bodyguard happens to be the most insanely hot guy Callie’s ever seen. Still, she’s not going to be ordered around just because of some half-assed threat to her father. . . . But when it turns out her dad’s no angel either, Jack has to kidnap Callie in order to protect her. And as danger closes in, he’ll need all his considerable talents to keep them both alive. The greater challenge will be to keep his hands off her.
This story is intense. I went into it thinking it would be action packed and full of the hero and heroine getting themselves out of one scrape after another. Although that’s not what this story is, it is still a suspenseful story that wrapped me into knots.
The danger Callie faces is not the usual overt danger you would expect in a romantic suspense. Jackie Ashenden did a fantastic job of covering the danger Callie faced as well as bringing that overwhelming fear to the reader. That sense of fear was amplified once Jack’s story starts to come to light.
Jack and Callie have such an interesting chemistry. Their need to give each other love and comfort while also wanting to tear each other apart is torrid. I respect the angle the author took in explaining the feelings of the characters and why their particular sexual appetites are okay and even normal.
On top of the care the author took in revealing the pasts of both characters and their sexual proclivities, she also writes some of the most amazing steamy scenes. I cannot even explain how hot the scenes between Callie and Jack are…just amazing.
This is a fantastic start to a series. It really makes the reader want to learn more about the 11th Hour Group.