Alvarez Security Agency
Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland.
Jobe Delaro served proudly with his Special Forces squad, but to focus on his duties he gave up the one woman he had planned on spending his life with. Four years later, seeing his friends find love reminded him that he had never forgotten the woman whose heart he broke.
Mackenna Dunn worked tirelessly with the women’s center that she ran and assisting her mother who was recuperating from a stroke. She had tried to forget the man who had stolen her happiness, but was stunned to have him come to her rescue when her program was threatened by gangs.
Mackenna must decide if she can forgive Jobe or hold on to the hurt. Calling on his brothers from Alvarez Security, Jobe is determined to make up for the past and create a future with the woman he never stopped loving, but…he has to keep her alive first.
Will the past forever halt their chance at a future or will McKenna and Jobe finally find healing together?
****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!*****
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Jobe Delaro dedicated his life to serving his country but when a mission goes wrong it breaks something in his mind and soul. Struggling for control Jobe succumbs to his pain and throws away the love of his life, his fiancee Mack. Though therapy and the support of his brother's in arms at Alvarez Security help him come to terms with his PTSD, Jobe can't forget the love he lost.
Mackenna Dunn hasn't let the damaged heart Jobe left behind keep her from her mission to help girls in need. When her work helping young women escape gangs makes Mack a target to a powerful gang leader, a friend guides her to the men of Alvarez Security... and Jobe.
Can the two let go of the ghosts of the past to keep Mackenna safe or will the pair only reconnect to be cruelly separated once more?
What I Loved: Jobe and Mackenna's second chance romance is a rich and rewarding one. I loved how their heart breaking past together didn't end their chances for a happy future but it also didn't lead to insta-love. The pair had a strong connection and put real work into redefining what they meant to each other. I also enjoyed how all of the secondary characters helped the pair remember their importance to each other.
What I Didn't Love: There are several scenes in Jobe told through the POV of male gang members and those scenes include some intense violence and sexual assault. Though it fit the theme of the story, it was a little difficult to read.
"Not only did the ship sail, but it caught fire as it was sailing away. And then it blew up. And then while it was burning, it got caught in a whirlpool and was tossed around. And then lightening hit it as it was going down. And the waves knocked it over. And then it finally sunk to the bottom of the ocean."
"I know that you don't have a reason to believe my word right now. But you will. I can't change the past, but I can change the future."
"That's what love is - giving control to someone else knowing that with love comes a helpless feeling."