Raw Power (11th Hour, #1) by Jackie Ashenden
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"There was that wildness in her that called to the darkness in him."
I first discovered this author because she was part of a group project with other authors called The Deacons of Bourbon Street. It was an MC Romance which is my favorite genre and what caused me to take a chance on some new authors. Of the four authors/books in the series, hers was my favorite. She's convinced me of her talent and now I'm happy to read whatever subject she decides to tackle, I've not been disappointed so far.
What drew me to Jack was that he was so damaged, both physically and emotionally. His demons chased him through hell and they won't leave him alone. Broken bad boys are my kryptonite, I can't resist them. Jack is all buff and badass, scars and all. While they tend to scare most people, for some reason they don't bother Callie. Actually, they are what made him interesting to her when she first saw him. She found him to be, "Horrifying and yet completely mesmerizing both at once."
Jack was not thrilled with his new assignment to babysit the politician's daughter, but he had to follow orders and prove himself to the team if he wanted to be part of the 11th Hour. He was surprised that such a tiny thing would stand up to him like she did. She did not want his protection and fought hard to get away from him. Seeing that fire in her made her even more attractive to him which was not something he wanted. But apparently, his body was resistant to following his orders too. It fought him just as hard as she did. "She didn't know what she was doing. She didn't know that with each choice she made, she fed that beast and one day he wouldn't be able to leash it." That's what I was waiting for, and I encouraged her to keep feeding that sexy beast!
When Jack determined that Callie wasn't safe, he snatched her away from the danger, escaping to another location to evaluate the situation. Things are not as they appear and it's important to learn who the players are if he wants to win the game. I really enjoyed the secrets and suspense of this new series. There's still so much that hasn't been revealed yet about the members of this covert team and I can't wait to get to know the rest of them better. The line forms here...