Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Hearts Under Siege by Natalie J. Damschroder

Title: Hearts Under Siege
Author: Natalie J. Damschroder
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for
SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…

Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn't buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.

Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?
I'm not usually a fan of military style romance, but I love Natalie Damschroder's other books and I'm so glad I took a chance on this one. SIEGE is a super secret spy agency - the type where the people working there don't even know who else is working there.  Brady is out on assignment when news comes that his brother has died.  No one can reach him but Molly, another agent of SIEGE and Brady's best friend from childhood.  So the adventure starts with her tracking him down, but it doesn't stop there - something is odd about the death and they both set out to find out just what it is.

Hearts Under Siege is full of action, but throughout it all Brady is trying to come to grips with realizing that he might just be falling in love with Molly.  There were a few times it was a little predictable, but in the end Natalie had a few surprises up her sleeve for me that I never saw coming.  Both Molly and Brady were incredible characters.  Their strengths and weaknesses complimented each other and neither of them was completely perfect, but very lovable in their imperfections.

The agency itself only came into play as a prop to get the story started and a few times to keep it moving in the right direction.  It never overshadowed our characters but hummed along nicely in the background helping to hold the storyline together.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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