When former Navy SEAL Max “Rex” Granger returns to his beachfront restaurant in the middle of the night after a mission, the last thing he expects to find is Shay Weston working late. He’s developed a hardcore crush on the gorgeous redhead, but she’s an employee and he refuses to cross that line.
Shay knows she shouldn’t be fantasizing about her boss, but she can’t help it. The man is built like a Viking warrior and he treats her like a princess. No one has ever taken care of her before, and she spent her childhood moving from one foster home to the next. But, for some reason, the big, charming man feels like home, something she’s longed for her entire life.
Just as she’s about to confess her feelings, a team of mercenaries kidnaps Shay. Frantic, Max waits for the enemy to reveal his demands and they turn out to be quite simple: follow our orders and turn over your former teammates or Shay dies.
Max would rather die than betray his brothers, but Shay’s life is on the line as the evil powers behind Project Phoenix begin to make their final deadly moves and assume ultimate control by turning the former SEALs into their pawns.
Point of view:
3rd person. Mostly Max & Shay’s perspectives, but some from other team members.
This is book 4 in the Project Phoenix series. While each book covers a single couple, there’s ongoing story arcs that build off events from previous books and the series should be read in order. This review may contain spoilers earlier books.
Oooh! This ties with Reactivated: Oz for being my favorite book of the series. Not only did I love Max & Shay, but the pacing and action were terrific here too. Shay is kidnapped by Veronica in an attempt to control Max. This leads Max & Shay on several missions and the close proximity brings both of their barriers down. These two have been circling each other since book 1 – and it was a lot of fun getting to read them finally coming together. Not only are they hot together, but Shay’s finding family with Max, his family, and the team. I also love that Shay is no wilting violet, she’s the perfect fit for Max, and their banter is a lot of fun.
Another attempt at freeing Caspian goes off differently than anyone could have imagined. Lots of action and suspense. Max & Shay get their HFN, the team gets some answers about Project Phoenix and even more questions.
I’m so excited that Ghost’s book is next. Though Gracyk has a spin-off series – Slater Security that’s she’s concentrating on for a bit. I’ll be diving into that while waiting for Reactivated: Cassian.
About the author:
Ever since I snuck a romance novel off my aunt’s shelf when I was 10, I’ve loved the genre! I’m even named after a heroine from a romance book that my Grandma read while my Mom was pregnant. I think it was meant to be and I’m so excited to share my fast-paced, action/adventure love stories with you.
I’m also a screenwriter and have written over 15 scripts, some of them produced. I currently live in Los Angeles, but I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio, and visit home whenever I can. Rescuing animals is a passion and my cousin and I have fostered and helped home more than 300 dogs (and a few kitties!).
You can connect with Charissa Gracyk here:
My Favorite Quotes
She made him crazy. Every time he laid eyes on her, desire pulsed through him, hot and thick like magma. – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
Shay was no damsel in distress. She’d rescue her own damn self. – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
“I had a plan, you know.” “Didn’t seem like a very good one.” – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
“God, you’re a bad liar.” “So you’ve said.” “It’s sweet, though.” – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
Once they crossed that line, everything would change. – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
Max’s gaze lowered to study the gorgeous woman lying beside him and knew it was game over for him. – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet
Finally, she had someone to give all that love to and, for the first time, there was someone returning it as well. – Reactivated: Max by #CharissaGracyk #RomanticSuspense #Paranormal #SciFiTweet