Monday, 29 January 2018

Review: Final Siege by Scarlett Cole

Final Siege (Love Over Duty #2) by Scarlett Cole
Publication date: January 30th 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
My rating: 4 Stars
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Former SEAL Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about the future he’s created with his Navy brothers in Eagle Securities, taking assignments in the most dangerous places, and doing things no one but ex-military would attempt. But when an urgent phone call brings his troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse.


An investigative journalist researching an explosive story, Delaney Shapiro tells herself she got over Mac—and his role in her brother’s death—a long time ago. But the first moment she sees him at her bedside in an overseas hospital, she knows it’s not true. Every moment together rekindles the desire that once burned between them, and now that she’s a target for an emerging Russian arms dealer, Mac won’t let her out of his sight. To protect her, he’ll risk it all—including his life…

My Thoughts:
Mac and Delaney were each other’s first love, a love they thought would last forever, but everything went to hell fourteen years ago.  Mac had no hope he’d ever get a second chance with Delaney, but that all changes when she’s injured in another country and asks for him.  Now that’s she’s opened that door again, he’s not letting go especially when it seems Delaney’s investigation has gotten her into a world of trouble.  He’s just the man to help Delaney, being a retired Navy SEAL now operating an elite security business with his teammates.

Delaney blames Mac for the tragic death of her brother, Brock, but deep down she’s never got over him.  Fourteen years later she realizes that blaming Mac for the whole thing isn’t fair, but she can’t let that hurt and blame go.  Now after calling for Mac’s help, though, they’re forced into close quarters and she must face the truth of the past and the old deep feelings for Mac she’s tried to suppress for so long.  

I was a little worried I’d become frustrated with Delaney for her stubborn stance with Mac over the death of her brother, but the deep connection between them was enough to make it a non-issue. Plus, the story was fast-paced, full of action and twists, so any scenes mulling over feelings of hurt or resentment were short lived and interspersed with touching scenes of the past, and a gradual healing between them.  There was no denying that Mac and Delaney were deeply in love and being around each other again just reignited that love and passion that never truly died. Oh, I do love an emotion filled second-chance romance! Being older, wiser and having more experience made the heat they had in the past even more sizzling in the present!

Mac was amazing with Delaney, so patient with her coming to terms with the past while they tried to make sense of the threats coming her way.  I was happy that Delaney acknowledged early on that she needed to be more reasonable about the blame she heaped on Mac, but that the pain of losing her brother clouded her judgement. 

Final Siege was a thrilling read with filled with danger and suspense, but underneath all that was a steamy, emotionally charged second-chance romance! Loved how it all worked out, and I can’t wait for the next installment!


Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful story! I love thrilling reads so this sounds right up my street. Gonna have to add this to my TBR! <3

    Charlotte |

  2. This is definitely something I need to check out. It has so much I love within it and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Glad this didn't become a frustrating read and instead it was really enjoyable. It sounds fun! I think I need to try getting back into romance reads this year for sure. I sort of miss them!

  4. Sounds interesting! That's great Delaney wasn't frustrating; that can definitely happen with those long-held grudges in books.


  5. SOunds like a good one, I am intrigued

  6. A mature, second chance romance with lots of action, sounds exciting!

  7. Love suspense with romance!!! Going to have to check this out. Great review!

  8. That could have easily become annoying if Delaney kept hanging on to that so it's good to hear the author handled it well.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  9. Yay :D Lovely review Rachel. <3 So glad you adored this one. Yay for good suspense and good romance :D It would not be my kind of romance at all, though, aw. But it do look awesome :D


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