Former Marine Griffin Riddell found purpose working with Nightshade—until he’s falsely convicted of a murder that plants him in a federal penitentiary. Is there anyone he can trust? Amid explosive confusion, covert operative Kazi Faron breaks Griffin out of a maximum-security prison. Then she delivers the death-blow—the Nightshade team has been dismantled. Together Kazi and Griffin must rescue the others and figure out who’s behind the sabotage. Can two people overcome their mistrust of each other in time to save Nightshade?
When I picked this book from NetGalley I didn’t realize it’s the fourth in the series so it was a bit confusing at first, mostly because there are a lot of heroes but soon I figured it out. Basically, what you need to know is that there are Nightshade covert ops team founded by general Olin Lambert aka the Old Man and each operative has a nickname and a book devoted to him. Firethorn tells the story of Griffin “Legend” Riddel and also coincides with the most dramatic period in the Nightshade team history.
“Legend” is falsely accused of a senator’s murder and thrown in jail and a freelancer named Kazi is hired to get him out of it. She succeeds, but meanwhile the Nightshade quarters are attacked and the team is disbanded – some are scattered around the world, some imprisoned, some just MIA, or severely wounded. Their existence is a secret no more and in the aftermath of the scandal the Old Man is forced to the sidelines while seeking help from likely and unlikely allies.
Meanwhile, Legend and Kazi are forced to work together; which of course causes them to fall for each other. But both of them are private people who are haunted by their past; they are also stubborn, so the clash of personalities is inevitable. Griffin hates changes but knows that his and his teammates lives would never be the same; Kazi hates defeat and dependence but understands that she can’t solve on her own the bigger problem that her gig’s evolved into – that is helping to restore the Nightshade.
First they have to find out who is behind the whole mess, who is responsible for the international scandal in which the team was used as a scapegoat for sinister activities. This someone must be really close to them to know so much.
It’s really difficult to analyze an action book without spoiling it. I can only say that the heroes and their motivations are believable and the plot tight and dynamic, its twists and turns will keep the reader guessing until the Nightshade team is reunited and the truth comes to light. Warning – the ending is bittersweet as we will have to say goodbye to one of the members. And if you are afraid of the Christian label, don’t be – the book is not preachy, it definitely extols family values and scorns cynicism but that is as it should be in romance, nothing extreme. 3 stars
Publishing Date: Jan. 01, 2012
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley