This book is a combination of intense suspense thriller and angsty contemporary romance, in a somewhat awkward mixture. There is a traumatic combination of events that evoke instant sympathy for the travails that the heroine has experienced, a horrific villain whose evil pervades the story, and a delightfully alpha male who instills a sense of security as the tale progresses. The action escalates to an exciting climax and then…the last third of the book chronicles an entirely different kind of struggle. I kept waiting for something more intense to happen, and even though I was happy for the gradual developments that did occur, I was a bit taken aback at the contrast with the first two thirds of the book. I enjoyed the growth of the characters and think a nice framework is laid down for the series but I think that the story was drawn out a little long and hope that subsequent tales will be a little more even in the distribution of action.
Nowhere to Hide” by Lindsay McKenna is the beginning of the ‘Delos’ series and sets up the framework for a special security company that will operated by the military offspring of the philanthropic couple, Robert and Dilara Culver. This particular story centers on Lia Cassidy, a woman who bears her share of scars, who acquires a protective bodyguard named Cav Jordan, whose mission to protect her becomes personal. Their shared interests and the realization that each has issues from the past gives them a goal to pursue, if they can live long enough to find a way to overcome each other’s walls.
Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that aids abused women and children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.
Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.