The Asset

Anna Del Mar
The Asset
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Publisher
Carina Press
Release Date
February 2016
ISBN
9781459293526
Series
Book 1 of Wounded Warrior
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Fleeing doesn't lead to freedom

She's on the run from a deadly cartel, hiding in a small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only barely.

Her luck might be over when a stranger shows up at her door.

Her finger twitches on the trigger. No way. She's not going back.

Lia Stewart won't be taken alive.

Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL wounded in Afghanistan, he's gone AWOL from the hospital. Scarred physically and mentally, Ash is drawn to the isolated lakeside cottage—and then to the beautiful, haunted woman holding a gun to his head.

Like recognizes like.

Soon, Ash realizes he's not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he'll protect Lia until his last breath.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 18, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
Warning: this book has some seriously horrific scenes that may be triggers, including rape, pedophilia, murder and physical, emotional and mental abuse.

I loved THE ASSET for a lot of reasons, but most of all for the message that people shouldn't automatically discount a wounded vet…once a warrior, always a warrior. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Lia Stewart is on the run from a very dangerous man. Marine Corps Officer and Navy SEAL Ashton Hunter is on the run from himself, his family, the US government… he just wants to be left alone to attempt to heal from the bomb that killed most of his team and came thisclose to killing him. Lia nurses him back to health and somehow finds herself volunteering to be his official caregiver so Ash can avoid being taken into custody and returned to the hospital he escaped from. As the pair get to know one another, love blossoms in the most unlikely of circumstances, and the healing starts to begin for them both. But Lia's monster will never let her go, and Ash isn't above asking for help from his friends when it comes to Lia's safety.

I really REALLY loved THE ASSET, the first in the planned Wounded Warriors series. Ash was a freakin' fantastic hero, one that women can both swoon over and be in awe of. Lia was also incredible, such a survivor and a strong, independent woman despite the terribly shitty life hand she'd been dealt. They're both severely damaged and PTSD sufferers, but while Lia refuses to consider Ash and her in terms of the future, Ash knows he's met the one for him almost immediately. His patience and understanding lead Lia to finally let down her guard and let him in. And when Ash's friends came, all wounded war veterans themselves, they surrounded her and protected her despite their own handicaps. The sex scenes were erotic, yet very tasteful and loving, and they made complete sense in the context of this book, which I appreciated.

The intrigue and danger elements of this book were extremely well written and played out. Additionally, the story was fast paced without being overdone. And when everything came to a head, I felt like I was balancing on a tight wire of tension, it was excellent! There was also a surprising thread of humor throughout, mostly from Ash's character, and it led a bit of relief to a pretty heavy and sometimes horrifically disturbing storyline.

Bottom Line: This is a must read for fans of romantic suspense, and I'm super excited to read more from this very talented author about this very intriguing group of wounded warriors.
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