Ignited by Kaylea Cross (Titanium Security #1)

Book description from goodreads.com:

When her father is murdered by a Taliban cell in the tribal regions of Pakistan, Khalia Patterson reluctantly steps into his shoes to carry on the legacy of Fair Start Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to furthering the education of girls. There she meets Hunter Phillips, the ex-SEAL and head of her Titanium security team, and quickly learns that coming to Pakistan might prove to be a deadly decision.

Battling demons of his own, Hunter grudgingly leads Khalia’s protective detail as a favor to his boss. From their first meeting it’s clear she’s going to be trouble, and that the cell that killed her father is hell bent on taking her out as well. Keeping her alive is one of the toughest assignments he’s ever faced, yet through one harrowing situation after another she continually impresses him with her strength and inner courage. Even though he fights his feelings for her, it’s a losing battle. And when the job is over, he doesn’t know how he’ll let her go.

My rating:

4 stars for the “suspense”
2 stars for the “romance”

My review:

Ignited is pegged as “romantic suspense”.  While it was heavy on the suspense, it was light on the romance.  So I don’t really know how to rate this book.

Ignited is set in Pakistan, where Khalia Patterson is trying to carry on the work of her murdered father, who was trying to open a school for girls in Pakistan (where girls are not supposed to be educated).  Hunter Phillips is an ex-SEAL brought in to protect Khalia, and develops feelings for her.  That’s where this book loses me.  The whole relationship between Khalia and Hunter felt forced, and quite frankly, fake.  Their relationship didn’t make sense, they barely knew each other, and within days, they are professing their love for one another.  HUH?  Maybe this was her first book.  I hope so.  I did like the characters, and like I said, the action and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.  I actually think I would have just preferred this be about the Pakistani side and she could have left the “romance” out.  It really took away from the book.

That being said, though, I did like Gage, Hunter’s second in command, and whom the next book is based on, so I will probably read it, with hopes it will be better.

My recommendation:

Read it if you like a good, suspenseful book. 

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