Review of The Asset by @anna_del_mar #RomanticSuspense

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Title: The Asset

Author: Anna Del Mar

Published: February 22, 2016

Publisher: Carina Press

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

~ Synopsis ~

Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her

Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.

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Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.

Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.

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~ My Review~

I ended up liking this book more than I originally expected. At the start there was way too much military speak and I was worried the entire novel was going to fall into the abyss of clichés. As a former soldier, I’m critical of military heroes especially when they talk as if everything in their life is just one big military operation. I couldn’t help falling in love with Ash, though. His character was very believable and who doesn’t want a man who will do anything and everything to save his woman?

I was less impressed with Lia. I can’t help but wonder if this book would have been better if not written in first person (and I love first person). Everyone says Lia is beautiful and smart, but I didn’t see those characteristics in her. She was surprisingly forgiving of Ash when he kept secrets from her. I’m not sure I would have been that understanding.

Although there were certain aspects of the novel, which were unbelievable, I’m willing to forgive the author as I enjoyed reading the story. There was plenty of action and a back story that kept me interested. Some of the sex scenes were a bit odd and uncomfortable to read, but there was definitely chemistry to the couple.

I love forward to the next novels in this series.

~ About the Author ~

Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.

A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

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