The blurb; Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow all her life. She’s sweet, cute and quiet. Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.
Raiden Miller is the town’s local hero. A former Marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while, but eventually Hanna catches his eye. After all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?
I’m really sorry to say that this one just did not do it for me.
My first impression of Hanna, Oh please not this kind of heroine! Too girly and kept saying ‘ohmigod’. Gah! I was seriously tempted to skim… she was annoying me. I mean, I have nothing against girly girls but it should come as no surprise that Hanna is not up there with my favorite book heroines. Also bear in mind how much I LOVED Sylvie from Creed (Book #2) who was a total badass!
And while I usually immediately take to KA heroes, I didn’t with Raid. In fact I read the first 50% going on optimism alone since KA hasn’t produced a book I haven’t loved. But there’s a first for everything, unfortunately. There was one really loveable character; Hanna’s great grandmother… and wise too 🙂
“If you’re the kind of woman who can withstand the blaze of hellfire he’s got burning inside, he battles that and wins, you will know nothing for the rest of your life, no taste, no experience, not even the birth of your children that will be sweeter than the love he’ll have for you.”
I had heard that the book was angsty but I only started feeling the angst at about 66%. Raid having seen his men die in war was understandably very traumatized. Hence Gram’s quote warning Hanna that Raid is tortured and it will come out to test her.
Raid is also working with Knight and Creed on the Nair case. If you haven’t read Knight (Book #1) or Creed (Book #2) don’t worry, I still feel like KA’s books could be read as standalones though I will say that Knight was my favorite, followed by Creed so starting with Raid might be disappointing.
The book got much better in the second half. It became angstier and steamier and I started liking Hanna and Raid. And we all know Kristen Ashley writes fabulous epilogues. I will end by saying that Knight (Book #1) was really good in a super steamy way, Creed (Book #2) was really good in a super sweet way, but Raid…sigh… Raid just didn’t live up to my expectations.