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Trial By Fire – Will Jordan 4* Review – A Ryan Drake Novella

In a tense and action-filled novella, Ryan Drake and his team must go to Ukraine to find a compromised CIA source – but is new unit member Keira Frost up to the job?
Tech specialist Keira Frost has just graduated to the big leagues. But despite numerous commendations for outstanding achievement and a tour of duty under her belt, it’s a reputation for insubordination that precedes her with Agency field ops. Tasked with proving she can take orders and fit in, she’s eager to get started, but new CO Ryan Drake is not going to make that easy.
As the team are sent to the wasteland of Pripyat, the town devastated by the disaster of Chernobyl, radiation is not the only danger waiting for them…
 

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My Thoughts…

Excellent pacing, plenty of action and a believable, contemporary female protagonist, all make this novella worth reading. Despite its length, the plot is sufficiently complex to intrigue, and even though I have not read any of the previous novels, the main characters are detailed enough to make them relatable.

Keira is fiercely independent, and while she is not suited to the rigid rules of the military, her courage, ingenuity and a strong survival instinct make her a candidate for special ops in the CIA. I liked the dual timeline, which gives the reader insight into Keira’s tragic past and evidence of why she is the person she is.

Chernobyl provides a bleak and sinister setting for this story, and the danger of discovery underlines the high octane action. The final plot twist will surprise many and sets the stage for more missions with Keira and Ryan Drake’s team. If you enjoy ‘Strike Back’ on TV, then this story will provide all the adrenaline-fuelled action and snarky character interaction you need.

I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

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Spring on the Little Cornish Isles – The Flower Farm – Phillipa Ashley – 5* Review

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Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life, but when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish heaven can be lonely.

For the first time in Will’s life, he’s met someone he can’t stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the woman of your dreams is working for you.

Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving … however much she might want to stay.

Nothing is simple, even in paradise. Will love bloom for the residents of the little Cornish Isles?

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My Thoughts…

There’s nothing like flowers and a picturesque island to make you think of Spring and the second book in the Little Cornish Isles series – ‘The Flower Farm’ does that. If you’ve read the first book in the series ‘The Driftwood Inn’, you’ll remember that Will and Jess run the flower farm on St Saviour.

Jess thought she’d found ‘the one’ but Adam’s behaviour changes without explanation, he leaves, and she is heartbroken.

Will is all about work but meeting Gaby makes him question his outlook on life but it’s complicated, she’s a temporary worker on the flower farm, so he’s her boss, and she’s not planning to stay around, maybe it’s best if he does nothing?

After a family tragedy, Gaby is running and determined to live life to the full. The Isles of Scilly are remote enough for her to heal but she never thought she would meet someone who would make her want to stay, maybe it’s best he doesn’t feel the same way?

Romance, humour and sadness all vie for attention in this lovely story, the setting is beautiful with plenty of intrinsic characters to make it come alive. The story’s main protagonists are complex and likeable, and the plot has more than a few surprises. Living life in the moment is the message of this feel-good read and its the perfect sentiment for Spring, enjoy, I did.

I received a copy of this book from Avon UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.