My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 If I Could Give it More I Would Stars!!!
Reviewed by Franci Neill
When I heard that the incomparable JC Cliff was writing a book about Quinn I squealed out loud I was so excited. And the squeal was worth it because this book was so good, I found it hard to put it down again. I say again, because I was privileged enough to be on the team that did a beta read for Quinn. Reading it again just brought back to mind all the swoon-worthy moments, along with the suspense that makes up the plot line for this story.
This is the first book in the new Undaunted Men series and if this is the way all the books are going to be, I'm going to be one very happy woman. This is Quinn's book and in Part 1 we meet Alexis Moretti the woman he's "forced" to go look for as an owed favor to her father. While Quinn is definitely the right man for the job given where Alexis has "disappeared" to, The Appalachian Trail, it'd be a lot easier if he knew the FULL story.
Right off the bat, I knew I was going to love this book because I was pulled in right from the start. There's hot sex, a suspenseful story line, hot sex, the sweetest dog, Kimber, hot sex and a mystery that I was dying to know what and who was really behind everything.
When Quinn first spots Alexis he's taken aback by her beauty not really expecting to feel anything for her. However, there's this pull between the two of them that is undeniable and when Quinn catches up with Alexis and asks her if they can walk The Trail together it doesn't strike Alexis as odd because she doesn't have any clue her father sent him to look after her. When it becomes clear to Quinn that Alexis is really not prepared for a hike of this nature, he nicely points out that she's not really as prepared as she should be and it makes perfect sense for them to stick together.
The magnetism these two have was steaming up my kindle. The problem is that it's clear to Quinn that Alexis is hiding something, and Alexis is afraid to tell him anything. But it doesn't stop her from asking him if payback really does exist....
Well if that doesn't just set the tone for their relationship whatever it turns out to be! As they get further and further up The Trail the feelings Quinn is having for Alexis are definitely NOT going to make Alexis' father happy that's for sure. And even better is how protective Kimber, Quinn's military trained Belgian Malinois, is of Alexis, which according to Quinn, never happens. But you know what they say about dogs....they'll let you know who the really good people are.
As they climb higher and higher up The Trail, their pull towards each other to point where it's distracting finally reaches a point that they just can't deny any further. And let me tell you, Quinn can put his moves on me any time he wants. He's so smooth and sexy and when he finally gives into the undeniable sexual tension, the sparks they are a flying!!!
The further and further I read in the book, the more I loved these two together. Quinn's natural instinct to protect Angel as he calls Alexis, and her feelings of being afraid of what brought her to this situation to begin with, just makes her that much more vulnerable and she wants to trust him more than she consciously knows....
While Quinn is more than prepared for life on the trail, which proves very useful in many situations, one of the funniest scenes is when Alexis gets covered in seed ticks. As a woman, I can totally relate with the natural instinct to try to swat them away. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way with this particular pest....
"Calm down? Are you crazy?! They're freaking crawling all over me! Fricken-frickers! she squeals out in a high pitched rant. She's panic stricken as she frantically tries to get them off, and when she notices she can't, she begins to dance and flap her arms around like an ostrich on crack. I bite the inside of my cheek to keep from bursting out with laughter. Quinn, oh my God! Do something!"I was rolling when I read this. It brought the right amount of levity to what was clearly becoming a hike that neither of them expected. They've encountered some dangers that took even Quinn by surprise. Unbeknownst to Alexis, Quinn decided to hold back from making love to her again because he doesn't want to muddy his "mission" or how he is quickly falling for Alexis...
As Part One comes to a close, there's a situation that has Quinn and Kimber on high alert and it's unclear if and how Quinn can rectify the situation they're all in. What is this danger? Who is behind it? Is everything Alexis' father told Quinn the truth? What will Quinn do?
Even though I KNEW this was a cliffhanger, at the very end, I still screamed out loud, NOOOOOOO!!! And I felt exactly like Alexis feels in her relationship with Quinn...
"Experiencing Quinn even once is like hitting the lottery. If once is all I'll ever get with this man, it was totally worth it."
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