Maria Torres has had a large part of her life taken away from her. She was kidnapped and held captive for many years until she finally had the courage and opportunity to escape. That experience has been haunting her life, making it very difficult to establish relationships and even trust others.
Dwayne Lameko has had a crush on co-worker Maria Torres since she joined the company. He can charm most women, except for her. She shuts down when he is near and refuses to tell him anything about herself. She shocks him when she volunteers to go in on a mission and is even more shocked when he is assigned to be her partner. Can they get over their awkward boundaries and work together as a team?
I read the first book in the series, Stalked: ALIAS #1 (see review here: Stalked ARC (ALIAS #1) by Lisa Hughey-5/5 Star Review), and I enjoyed the fast pace and high-powered action scenes. The plot in that book was well developed, as were the characters, and there was a great balance between action and passion. That being said, this book was a bit of a let down. I went into Hunted expecting the same level of pace and character development but the story line felt truncated. It focused more on the awkward romance growing between evasive Maria and alpha Dwayne than the thrill of the mission. Furthermore, the “plot twist” was predictable.
I would not recommend this book for readers who may be sensitive to violence, sexually explicit scenarios, kidnapping, rape threats, and foul language.
Please note: an electronic copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.