Saturday, 9 August 2014

ARC Review ~ Personal Assistance by Louise Rose-Innes

Personal AssistanceeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 18th

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ignite)

Her life is in the hands of a man she can’t trust…

Trapped in a country in the midst of a rebellion, Hannah Evans is on the run for her life. Her only hope of escape is to join forces with disgraced Special Forces operative Tom Wilde, who is overseeing the extraction of all British nationals from the embassy. It’s a form of punishment for his last failed mission, from which neither his body, nor his mind, has fully recovered. When he meets Hannah, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself. The information she holds is important enough to end the civil war—all he needs to do is get her out of the war-ridden country alive and back to Britain.

The sexual attraction between them is too intense to ignore, but Hannah knows the career-soldier has a hidden agenda. Can she trust him to lead her to safety, or will he sacrifice her in his bid for redemption?

My Opinion

Finally! A book that involved the SAS and not navy SEALs. Don't get me wrong I love the books with US military but it was refreshing to read something about the British special forces because that's where I'm from.

I enjoyed Personal Assistance. It was very current with today's military climate and had a believable narrative in terms of the unrest. I also liked the location as it wasn't the usual home territory type of book. I liked that it was chaotic as it captured the image of the country well.

As well as this, I liked the action. There was plenty of fast-paced, well described action and the author wasn't afraid to go into detail. It wasn't gruesome but it was realistic and I'm glad she didn't just pass over it like I've read in other military books.

There were only two things that I had a small issue with. The first was I didn't find Tom's character all that believable at certain times. A few things he did made me question his ability as an SAS soldier. They're meant to be the best of the best and a few slip ups didn't seem realistic. As well as this he seemed to just know things about places. A few times I found myself asking how he found things out.

The second thing I would have liked more of was the romance. It came about all of a sudden and felt a little rushed. It fitted with the pace of the book but I needed a bit more emotion to make me believe in it and route for the characters.

Overall though, Personal Assistance was an interesting read. It held my attention well and whilst it is short, there is a lot packed into it.


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