At The Edge: Alpha Crew Part 1

Laura Griffin
At The Edge: Alpha Crew Part 1
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Pocket Star
Release Date
March 2016
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Dive into Part One of this heart-pounding romantic suspense story, which continues in Edge of Surrender: Alpha Crew Part Two!

When Emma Wright's government plane goes down over the Philippine jungle, she's forced to survive alone until an ultra-elite SEAL team goes in after her. As the leader of Alpha Crew, Ryan Owen is no stranger to challenges, but he's never tackled anything quite like this sexy, smart, and resourceful woman. The mission is to get Emma home safely, but danger is everywhere, and Ryan's unexpected desire for Emma could be a deadly distraction.

Back home in California, Ryan's mission is over—but Emma's has just begun. She knows her plane crash was no accident, and she's determined to uncover the truth about what happened—even if her quest for answers puts her at risk. Torn between duty and desire, Ryan searches for a way win Emma's heart while protecting her from an invisible enemy who wants her dead.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 27, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
68 people found the following review helpful
AT THE EDGE is the short, high-octane, suspenseful first part in Alpha Crew. It ends in a cliffhanger, and continues and concludes in Edge of Surrender.

When Emma's plane went down in the Philippine jungle, SEAL Ryan Owen, together with his teammates, was sent in to rescue all survivors. Unfortunately, only Emma survived, but when they're back in US soil, the danger for Emma is not yet over. Once again, Ryan was there to protect Emma, no matter the sizzling attraction between them...

Like any Laura Griffin book, we are dropped immediately into the middle of the action, and it's one fast-paced, high-suspense scene to another. The chemistry between Emma and Ryan was palpable, and the tension kept increasing with each page. I do think there's one sex scene too many for such a short work, but since it's one-half of the book, perhaps it's balanced out by not having that many sex scenes in the second part. We'll see.

I like how Emma has her own mind even around an Alpha like Ryan, and how she'd use her brains to get around him, like in the end cliffhanger. As for Ryan, I don't understand his actions when he is so obviously attracted to Emma. Perhaps because he saw Emma as a "mission", despite his intense attraction to her? Or that he thinks his protection shouldn't be mixed up with pleasure?

As a refreshing change, we have new bad guys here--a branch of terrorists working in Asia and with Asian bad guys. In this case, the local Philippine bad guys have an international network of drugs, human trafficking, etc "business" that extend to the US.

One more thing: Again, I'm not sure why publishers cut a book into parts and sell them separately. Is it so new readers can try a new author at a fraction of the cost, and not buy the rest of the installments if they don't like the story or how the author writes? Won't a novella do the same trick? As a reader, I have to say that I don't appreciate this.

In any case, Laura Griffin fans wouldn't want to miss this. I can't wait to dive into the 2nd part and see how Emma and Ryan's romance develop.
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