Captain Jessa Tok is a veteran soldier, but when an artillery strike separates her from the squad she commands, it may be the end of her career and her life. Then a single Dawn Soldier fights his way behind enemy lines to find her. The last man she’d expect. The one soldier she’d had a fling with and was trying to forget.
Sergeant Ryder Hiltop never thought of himself as a hero. He’s a career soldier, just trying not to get killed. But when his captain is lost during an attack, he has to go find her. And not just for the sake of the other Dawn Soldiers. A shore leave with Jessa left an indelible mark on him, and he’ll do anything to make sure she’s safe. But is it a suicide mission to find her? And if they manage to fight their way to safety, can their brief affair grow into something more?
*Blurb from Goodreads*
I’m a big fan of science fiction romance, and when I got this request from Rosso I was nervous about starting in the middle of a series, but super excited to read it. Even though it’s the third book in the Limit War series, it was really easy to follow and readable as a stand alone.
Jessa is captain of her squad and a hard core soldier. Her one extended fling was with a man from her squad and with him she feels like a woman first and foremost. During a somewhat routine mission, Jessa gets separated from her squad and hurt during an attack. The last thing she expects is for Ryder to come and rescue her.
Ryder is content being a soldier, but if there is anything he wants more than to just survive, it’s Jessa. He risks everything by going to rescue her. And even after he finds her, they embark on a suicide mission behind enemy lines. But will their time together be enough to convince Jessa to take a chance on him?
Being a fan of both science fiction romance and suspense books, this novella was right up my alley. I loved that Rosso kept the plot moving right along. The action was high intensity and kept the story at a fast pace. I really enjoy the premise of the Limit War and the battle and fight scenes were very well done, I could picture everything running through my mind like a great movie.
I was also really impressed with how well Rosso was able to write a real and genuine female character. I’ve read some male authors heroine’s before where it doesn’t always work out that way, and I was so happy to really click with Jessa so early on in the story. Her struggle to find a balance between super soldier and her feminine persona was something that endeared her to me that much more. I loved her finding peace in deciding to be with Ryder and making it known to her squad that she could still be a badass and in love at the same time.
Ryder was great as well. He had such a laid back way about him, but when it really mattered, he was also ready to kick ass and take names. His desire for Jessa was obvious, and I really liked that he didn’t let her just brush him aside. That he was ready to fight for her and them, regardless of the potential loss.
All in all I really enjoyed this novella – I will definitely be checking out more books by Rosso in the future. The romance was real and sweet and sexy, the action was so realistic and kept the story moving at a pace that kept me engaged and at the edge of my seat. Science Fiction Romance fans will definitely want to check this one out!
I give The Limit of Desire an A-