TITLE – Into the Crossfire
SERIES – First Force Series Book #1
AUTHOR – Cindy McDonald
GENRE – Romantic Suspense, Romance, Military Romance, Black Ops
PUBLICATION DATE – August 4, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240 pages
COVER ARTIST – Dawne Dominique
It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. Critically injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and grief.
Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?
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Closing her eyes, Rayne took in a braced breath. “My name is Rayne. And I know all about the nightmares where the ones that you love are murdered in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop it.” Her voice fell away.
Jack’s head snapped toward her.
She busied herself cleaning up the implements that she had used to suture him while she spoke. “My husband and I were on a medical mission in Peru three years ago. The Peruvian government had taken down a guerrilla group known as the Glory Road near the Amazonian Valley. They had killed or arrested approximately one-hundred members of the group. Matt and I were part of a small medical unit that went in to care for the women that had been held as sex slaves. They were in terrible condition, dehydrated, starved, and beaten. Anyway, Matt, me, and my four-year-old daughter, Sierra, were housed in one of the tiny shacks in a camp. One night, the camp was attacked by the guerrillas they hadn’t captured. It was a slaughter.” Rayne’s voice hiccupped. She needed to catch her breath. She sank onto the edge of the bed.
Jack watched her intently while she fought to muster composure.
Finally, she continued, “They killed my husband and my daughter, but for some reason they spared me and several of the women who had been rescued. I wished that they hadn’t. I was their prisoner for seven horrible months. I prayed for death every night. Uncle Walt and his team rescued me. It’s been a long road back to becoming a functioning human being.”
Hesitating, she wrung her hands together. She found the courage to look him in the eye. “So you see, Jack, I have a complete understanding of what you’re going through.”
MY PERSONAL REVIEW
So I want to start by saying this is the first book I have read by author Cindy McDonald and I can honestly tell you I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Wow this book was good. I have been talking about it for days at work with my coworker who loves to read as much as I do. So now onto my review.
Jack Haliday, former SEAL, works in the gang unit at the Rosemount police department and has a lovely wife and daughter. An op that went back years ago has come back to haunt him and causes some serious tragedy in his life. His neighbor always seemed to have a secret and Jack had planned to talk to him about it. Well when danger strikes the Haliday family his neighbor and his team are there to save them, some of them. And to help Jack seek revenge and heal. So that is the super-fast low down of the story. I don’t do spoilers just don’t like them. LOL
I love Jack, what a great character, Cindy does an amazing job building his character as well as the characters of his beautiful little girl Lillian, wife Laura, neighbor Walt and Dr. Rayne Lee. These are to me the main characters of the book. There are quite a few more all very well detailed but the main part involves these characters and the bad guy Gunner and his witch Alicia. Being honest here I don’t like her LOL.
Walt is ex CIA and has a team that does well secret stuff come on you know how it is can’t tell. LOL but Walt and some of his guys come to the rescue when Jack and his family fall prey to Gunner and some of his crew. Going to tell you right now you are going to cry, cry when you see what happens, cry when a big grown man has to tell a little girl sad news, cry when you learn someone’s sad story, cry, cry, cry and yell, scream, shiver in fright for some girls. Yeah you are going to go through a roller coaster of emotions in this book.
I couldn’t put this book down, its fast paced, its chalk full of great story and characters. The day is saved but not without casualties for sure. But wow what a powerful story – excellent job. Off to get the next book To The Breaking Point
Jack Haliday: Jack is one hot ex-Navy SEAL. He is represented one the cover of the book by one very hot British rugby player and model, Stuart Reardon. Tall, muscle bound with a thick nest of dark wavy hair and a one-thousand megawatt smile that brings women to their knees. Does Jack know that he’s gorgeous? Sure, but he doesn’t let it get in the way of helping people in trouble and comforting those who need it most. Jack loves his family. He is madly in love with his wife, Laura, and that little daughter of his, Lil, is the apple of his eye. This man had it all. He was in love with his life, and when it is suddenly ripped out from underneath him, his life becomes one objective: revenge!
Dr. Rayne Lee: Four years ago, Dr. Rayne Lee lost her husband and daughter, Sierra, to a group of hostile guerrillas in Peru. It has taken great constitution to rebuild her life and to join her uncle’s international security firm, First Force, as the head medic. Now, just as she thought that her life was getting back to some semblance of “normal” a handsome man and his adorable daughter are brought into her care. Her motherly instincts kick in immediately as she take little Lil Haliday under her caring wing, but what is it about Jack Haliday that’s getting under her skin, and can she help him to get passed the grief and start a new life with First Force?
Lil Haliday: Lil is a curly-top cutie with a personality that draws everyone to love her instantly. Just a little tyke and at the age of four, her bravery in the face of a horrible tragedy is an inspiration to the men who make up the covert team of First Force. Like her father, Jack, and Dr. Rayne Lee, Lil is a regular character in the First Force Series—she’ll be there to entertain you and the other characters throughout the series.
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola!
Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. Most recently, Secret Cravings Publishing has picked up her First Force Series. Currently available: Into the Crossfire, coming very soon: Book #2, To the Breaking Pointe, Book #3 Into the Dark, and 2016 will bring Book #4 To the Brink.
People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre horse farm with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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THIS OR THAT
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate—hands down!
Kinky or Sweet? A combination.
Tall, dark & handsome or blonde, surfer type? Tall dark and oh so very handsome!
Cats or Dogs? I’m a dog lover.
Beer or Wine? Wine lover
Scary or Comedy? I’ll take a comedy over everything! I love to laugh!
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