Saturday, 10 September 2016
Desperate Match by Lynne Silver
Series: Coded for Love (#5)
Author: Lynne Silver
Release Date: 1st May
Challenges: Can You Read a Series in a Month?, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions. With no money, no job, and no friends, Jill Thompson has little hope of escaping her abusive husband’s violent outbursts—until she hears about the Program. Desperate for a safe haven, she flees to the their compound. What she finds there is Rowan Blacker, a ruggedly handsome man whose powerful presence hides a kind and gentle heart. The newest member of the Program, Rowan hasn’t yet connected with his comrades and sometimes feels like an outsider. When Jill shows up at the compound begging for help, he recognizes that she, too, knows what it’s like to not fit in, and he’s overcome by an instinctive desire to protect her and gain her trust. As she slowly opens herself to Rowan, their attraction ignites into a burning passion that will bind them forever.
Desperate Match contains a standalone romance (between Jill and Rowan) but it does rely on pieces of plot revealed in the previous books. Therefore I would suggest reading the books in order. This review may contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series.
Jill's story did include some more touchy subjects such as marital abuse and control. It was tough to read without tearing up at times but it did have a big impact on both the romance between Rowan and Jill's relationship and the Program in general.
Jill was a strong woman though. She had the realistic reaction after leaving Jack. There was no jumping into someone's elses arms (or arm as the case may be) and instead that led to a story about her learning to trust Rowan and I honestly felt like he deserved it.
Rowan was fleshed out a lot in this book, especially after he came across as a little bit of a flake in book 1. However he was sweet, sensative and caring. I really liked him as a character and he didn't preassure Jill but did want to protect her. It was an endearing quality.
This was a good addition to the series, I've definitely become engrossed!