Thursday, February 6, 2014

Forged In Ash by Trish McCallan...reviewed by Kathy Lee-Herbst


Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: she can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Marcus “Cosky” Simcosky is no stranger to hot water, but recent events have boiled over into one hell of a mess. His team is under investigation for a hostage rescue gone wrong, a crazy female stalker is on his trail, and the last few bullets he took just may sideline him for the rest of his career. The kicker? The one woman who can help him get back on his feet—and has haunted his fantasies for years—is his teammate’s sister. He’s looked but never touched. When his stalker targets Kait, though, Cosky will have no choice but to do whatever is necessary to keep her safe~

I'm going to start off with saying that there is a paranormal aspect to this book and to the first book Forged in Fire. You do not have to read the first book in the series ( but it was an excellent read that kept you on the edge of your seat). I adored the first book and wasn't sure if the second would live up to it. We all know how sometimes that happens....

This book takes place a few months after Forged in Fire ended.** SPOILER ALERT for Forged in Fire. **

  Marcus Simcosky, Cos or Cosky to his friends was almost killed in the first book. He has fought his way back but is still having issues with his knee. He has learned from an expert that he may not ever heal fully and that will mean the end of his Seal career. He is willing to do almost anything to get well. Then his teammate tells him an amazing story of his own. His sister helped him when he was told he would never walk again. Maybe she can help Cos too.....

Kait Winchester has crushed on Cos for 5 years, her brother asks her to help him now. Can she help him? She is willing to try anything. If only this crazy lady trying to attack him would go away. She has made 3 attempts on his life. She decides Kait will make a great hostage to get to him.....

"Attacked might be a slight exaggeration.Attempted attack would be more accurate."
What the hell?
"Goddamn it, Kait!" His voice rose with each word until it thundered through the van. "Did she hurt you?"
He was vaguely aware that Zane had pulled the van over to the side of the road, and both he and Rawls had twisted in their seats and were staring at him.
"No, actually, I'm the one who did the damage."
He took a deep breathe, let it out carefully, and worked on slowing his racing heart.
"What happened?" he asked as calmly as he could manage.
"She was waiting for me when I got back to my apartment. She had a knife."
His heart stopped. He could feel it. It literally stopped beating for a second or two. A wave of heat drowned him. He dragged in a couple of deep breathes and grabbed hold of his control. She was obviously fine. In fact, she was pretty damn sassy. That Goddamn Bitch must be long gone.
"How did you get away?" he asked tightly, the calmness a thin veneer.
"I knocked her out."
His hand tightened around the cell. Slowly, oh so slowly, he pulled it from his ear and stared at it in disbelief.
"You knocked her out," he repeated, his voice sounding slow and stupid. He saw Zane and Rawls exchange glances.
"Yeah." She paused and then added in a careful voice, "With my bag of Miracle Whip."
There was another pause, longer this time, and then a giggle burbled down the line. With a hard swallow, he closed his eyes. That last comment had made no sense. She had obviously been more affected by the encounter than she was letting on. He opened his mouth to assure her that they were on their way and would keep her safe.She broke into the silence before he could get the assurance out.
" Oh, thank God. She is waking up. She's been out so long I was getting worried."
The blood froze in Cosky's veins.
"She's what?She's still there?" he roared, jolting forward. "What the hell are you thinking? Get out of there."
Dead space pulsed down the line and then she coughed. 'Ah, yeah. Did I forget to mention that I duct taped her feet and hands?She's not going anywhere."
Of course she had. Son of a bitch.
Cosky bent forward, his fingers so tight they started to cramp and his lungs so tight they started to wheeze.
"Are you alright?" she asked, sounding concerned.
His shoulders started to shake. unable to help himself,Cosky started to laugh.Zane and Rawls exchanged grim glances, a clear indication his laughter sounded more frantic than natural.
"She knocked our crazy lady out and tied her up," he told his worried buddies,knowing they'd see the irony in the situation. She's done , by herself, what the four of them hadn't been able to do together. 

I loved that scene. Miracle Whip kicked some ass, who knew it could be almost a lethal weapon. Just goes to show you that anything can be a weapon. This book has plenty of action. Not just the sexual kind either. I love that just when you think you know what is happening in Ms. McCallan's books, she whips out something (miracle whip pun inserted here) new and exciting. This book and series has been a lot of action, comedy, love and romance. All my favorite things rolled into one. Nothing like running from gun toting stalkers, bombs, van's aiming for you, mysterious men who just happen to be in the right place at the right time and Ohhhh don't forget the paranormal aspect. That just makes the books that much better. The sex scenes are HOT and STEAMY. (In more ways than one). 

I am giving Ms McCallan and enthusiastic 5 clocks. Just please, please, PLEASE write faster. I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series. Oh and guys go get Forged in Fire too. It is well worth it. 

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