Saturday, 7 May 2016

Review ~ Desire Unmatched (Coded For Love, #4) by Lynne Silver

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eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: May 2nd 2016

Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing

The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions.

As the Program’s coldest and most lethal soldier, Xander Bristack knows love is beyond his reach. He’s bad news for any woman. But when he’s kidnapped by terrorists and thrown into a dungeon to rot, he’s haunted by passionate thoughts of one beautiful blonde. All Xander wants is one night with Emma Harrison, and he’ll fight his way out of the terrorists’ grasp to get it.

A former kidnapping victim herself, Emma knows firsthand the trauma Xander must have endured, and she refuses to leave his side when he returns to the Program battered and broken. Emma’s convinced her love will help heal Xander, and she won’t settle for just one night together to prove it. As he pushes her away, refusing to open his heart to her, Emma’s determined to show Xander that she wants him forever, for better or worse, because she knows that under his deadly exterior is the heart of a hero.

My Opinion

This is by far my favourite book in the series so far. Xander's story is the one I've been waiting for since book 2, and I'm glad it didn't disappoint.

I sped through this book faster than all of the others. It held my interest well and I loved the relationship between Xander and Emma. It was a surprise for Xander to be so inexperienced, but I liked the vulnerability it gave him around Emma. It gave her the power and he was happy to do whatever she wanted. I thought it contrasted well with the hard ass soldier and soothed his edges.

Similarly, I did think there was a connection between the two. Xander denies their connection to begin with, yet Emma is persistent and I liked her fiery personality. And speaking of Emma, I must say that for once she didn't feel like a stereotypical Brit. The author did a great job of making her believable and adding just the right amount of Britishisms. It's one of my pet hates, American authors stereotyping Brits in books and making them clich├ęd and cringe-worthy, but Emma felt natural and real. It's how it should be done.

There are two things that stopped me rating this five stars, though. The first is that I did feel there was a lack of development with Xander's back story. It was never fully fleshed out and the resolution is half hearted at best. It wasn't satisfying and it didn't give me closer. The second is the ending. It was so abrupt and took me unaware. I needed more closer and resolution like with Xander's past. It just didn't feel satisfying enough.

Overall though, this was still my favourite book in the series. Each book has got better so I'm looking forward to the next one.


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