Review: Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice

Ghost Ops. A small unit of super-elite soldiers so secret only two men know of their existence. Betrayed by their commanding officer while on an antiterrorist mission, the team is massacred. Only three survive—and find themselves framed and disgraced. But en route to the court martial, they escape . . . and disappear.

Beautiful, brilliant, and determined, Dr. Catherine Young is on a mission to find a man who has vanished into thin air. Walking into a high-tech hideaway bearing an essential message to Tom "Mac" McEnroe, Team Leader of the betrayed Ghost Ops force, is the most dangerous thing she has ever done. The soldier she encounters is frightening and suspicious, but her senses reveal the man underneath: tough, honorable, and so breathtakingly masculine Catherine feels weak in his presence . . . But to surrender to Mac's passionate desires would put her life in dire jeopardy. Catherine has a gift that enables her to see into the heart of others—and looking into Mac's is like staring into the very heart of danger itself.

Catherine Young is a scientist. She does research on patients with dementia and she loves her work. She thinks she's getting extremely close to finding a cure – which would be incredible. One of her patients, however, isn't a typical dementia patient. She takes his function MRI and finds that what's making him “demented” doesn't actually seem biological. Catherine decides to “read” him. Catherine has the ability to touch someone and read their emotions but when she touches this patient she see images and what she finds is quite disturbing. The man is actually a soldier and wants Catherine to find one of the other men in his unit to let him know he's there and alive and that he needs to be rescued.

Tom McEnroe is the man Catherine is to find but he's in hiding. Despite that Catherine receives images from her patient as to how she might find him and she does. Tom can't quite figure out how Catherine found him and he wants to know who sent her because he's pretty sure that she's not on his side. It's important to Tom, who goes by “Mac”, to protect not only the surviving members of his team but also others. Eventually Mac decides that Catherine is trustworthy enough to the others in his ragtag group but there's still something strange about her – he's attracted to her but it goes way farther than just attraction and it's freaking him out. Catherine feels the same way and when they let themselves explore that attraction they find that it's much more than that.

This story is set in the unspecified future. They have eCars and there are few gas stations. They have hologram card and lots of other cool stuff. Apparently, however, having a pychic ability is seen as being a freak. Because of this Catherine Young has always kept her “gift”, something she feels is more a curse, under wraps. When her dementia patient grabbed her her gift practically explodes in her brain and is more intense than ever. She has this strange compulsion to do as the patient bids and goes to find Mac and just from the patients info on Mac is practically in love with him. I found this, almost immediately a bit much. The patient is sending images and feelings but it made me think she. When she finds Mac she's scared but more intrigued and attracted. She feels so much for him based on what her patient mentally shared with her. Now Mac is not an attractive man but she seems to see what's on the inside. He describes himself as born ugly and it just got worse with a knife scar and burn marks. I do love a scarred hero but in this story once they have sex it's the best sex they'd ever had are in love almost from moment one. - I just need a little bit more romance in my stories than insta-love. When it came down to it these two people knew virtually nothing about the other yet they plan, in 3 days, to spend forever together. Wow, I need to think longer and harder when purchasing a new ereader. Both characters showed great qualities throughout the book. But it all just happened too fast for me.

While the story was entertaining I just that it was too much. As I said, the characters had great qualities but it seemed they could do no wrong and that's just not human to me. They weren't robots but flesh and blood and a lot of the scenes in the book didn't sit right in my brain. Despite that I enjoyed the book enough to keep reading and that's always a good thing. I may have to pick the next one up when it comes out to see what happens next.

Rating: 3 out of 5 

Lisa Marie Rice 

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