Point of Combustion is very enjoyable, pairing an Asian heroine with an alpha American male. Mia Kirsten is the perfect Korean daughter, though she does have a naughty streak. Trace Kocourek is delectably primal, the perfect bodyguard for a sheltered princess who’s about to experience some action in her life. Though the beginning is a bit slow, their chemistry is unmistakable. It’s very entertaining to watch these two come together, to anticipate the explosion of their steamy affair. Mia is a woman who can stand on her own, but it’s fun to watch Trace pamper and treat her like a princess.
However, the end is a bit of a flop. The villain, who is constantly lurking throughout the pages, doesn’t really deliver on his menacing threat. It comes together very fast, almost a little too perfectly. Very little action is presented even though there’s a hint of drama. But Point of Combustion is still spicy and fiery, especially when Trace is seducing Mia. He is a commanding character, which complements Mia’s understated power. The writing is wonderful, and I definitely look forward to Ryder’s next adventure.
Brought up in a strict Asian-American family where tradition is everything and virtue is golden, Mia Kerstin is a good girl who longs to be bad. But the "suitable" young men her family parades past her are about as exciting as watching mold grow. Until fate steps in and thrusts her into Trace's Kocourek's solid arms.
Helping out his Special Forces buddies by protecting Mia from a relentless enemy ends up being more about keeping his hands off, than his eyes wide open. And that's the problem—he can't stop touching the sensual virgin, and she's putting his self-control to the ultimate test. When Mia decides she wants to take a lover, Trace is the only man for the job—he'll kill anyone else who touches her.
As the danger escalates and the threat becomes a matter of life and death, keeping Mia safe ceases being a favor to a buddy and becomes a personal imperative for the jaded and tough ex-soldier. Mia is his. No ifs or buts. He's playing for keeps.
Note: Set slightly concurrent to Challenge Protocol, this story shares the same "world" and linked characters, but can be read as a stand-alone.