Bad Nights by Rebecca York

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Bad Nights by Rebecca York
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (324 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

You Only Get a Second Chance…

Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he’ll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both…

If You Stay Alive…

Since her husband’s death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn’t think anything could shock her—until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He’s mysterious, intimidating—and undeniably compelling.

Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live—if they can survive.

Terror, torture, and temptation play leading roles in Bad Nights. Both Morgan Rains and Jack Brandt are trying to get away. Jack is running from torture and impending death while Morgan has run to the pre-Civil War cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains to escape the sorrow and pain of her husband’s death.

Two more unlike people would be hard to find. Morgan teaches psychology in a small college. Jack, a retired SEAL works at Rockfort Security, a company he and his two partners, Shane Gallagher and Max Lyon formed. They do secret contract work for the government. He had been working undercover inside The Real American Militia (RAM). His cover was blown by some unknown source. Wade Trainer, the head of RAM wants him dead.

Morgan reluctantly drags the unconscious Jack in out of the snow to keep him from freezing and is not sure she did the right thing. When he comes to, he notes her lovely feminine attributes. But, most of all he notes her soft gentle touch. He is a tough, decisive, competent, action man that Morgan learns has a tender side that comforts her.

When the cabin is sprayed with bullets from assault rifles, he breaks protocol and tells Morgan who he is. She gets them out of the cabin in a most unusual way, but then must depend on his skills to keep them alive. The gun fire sets off his PTSD from his horrific experience in Afghanistan making Morgan wonder just who she had cast her lot with.

The plot is gripping. What kind of destruction does RAM have planned, who is financing it, what’s the motivation? Another thought is who in the government hired Rockfort Security to infiltrate RAM to gather information, what group or agency in the government is paying Rockfort Security?

Jack’s partners Shane and Max come to the rescue eager to be in the middle of the fray, while Morgan wishes she were anyplace rather than in the fray. When Wade Trainer’s group captures her, the nail biting time escalates to fever pitch. The daring, seemingly impossible rescue had me wide awake and reading like crazy to help save Morgan from being tortured by Wade Trainer. Her resourcefulness amazes. She is no pushover even in the most hopeless looking situations.

The love scenes so opposite the slash and kill cruelty makes one sigh at the ecstasy then the peace, the rightness of it. With her skills, Morgan helps Jack come to terms with his PTSD and he helps her find peace about the untimely death of her husband.

Rebecca York makes her characters work hard to get to their happy-ever-after. Bad Nights is a heart-in-throat thriller and a soul-satisfying romance—a fantastic read!

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