Saturday, 25 January 2014

Resolutions - Teri Riggs

About the book…
DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.

About the author…
Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.

After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.

Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.


My thoughts….
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest opinion which I’m happy to give.

I’d never heard of the author Teri Riggs and a story based around a Columbian drug ring wouldn’t be my usual choice of book either but I like to try new authors and books and I’m so glad I did.  It was brilliant! The book is fast paced, action filled, terrifying and at times emotional and romantic.

Eve and her team of special agents enter the compound of Miguel Mendoza, a major Columbian drugs lord so that she can copy the files on his computer, vital evidence the DEA needs to bring him to justice. She managed to do this successfully but whilst they were trying to escape the compound they were ambushed.  A gun fight ensued, one of the team was killed, others injured including Eve.  She was captured and that’s really where the story began.  Teri took me on an emotional journey as Eve was literally brought to her knees, tortured and battered but more than proved her worth as a special agent. My heart beat faster and I literally held my breath at each encounter Eve had to endure with Mendoza’s men. Eve’s strength of character and sheer focus on her mission was awe inspiring. Just when I thought she was at breaking point and wouldn’t survive another beating a rescue team managed to infiltrate the compound and successfully escape with Eve.

Let battle number two begin! The rescue team was led by Mac, Eve’s former lover who is clearly very much in love with her.  He and his team manage to get her to a safe house where Eve can receive the medical care she urgently needs before she can be flown home.  As Eve slowly regains consciousness she finds out who her rescuer was and the sparks began to fly. The two very clearly still loved each other but the reasons for their split resurface.  Mac a typical alpha male wants to protect his ‘woman’ and can’t accept that she is on the frontline and in danger.  He’d like her behind a desk safely at home.  Eve has other ideas, she has proven her worth and earned her role as a leading DEA agent and thinks he should accept that and if he can’t well tough the job wins!

In the short term however, they were in Columbia and had to learn to trust each other again in order to protect themselves and get out of the country alive. The story is told from both Eve’s and Mac’s perspectives at this point - so rare to get the full story.  It is fair to say that Mac is seriously impressed with Eve’s strength of character and commitment to her mission but finds it difficult not to play the heavy handed ’alpha’ male which ensures we are taken on an emotional roller coaster which puts their lives at risk. What happened when Eve finds out she had been betrayed by a member of her own team and has to head back to Mendoza’s home to retrieve the memory stick she had hidden this time with Mac as her partner?

I read this just before bed over the course of three evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was disappointed when it ended and will definitely be seeking out more of Teri Riggs.  Thank you to JB Johnson for letting me be part of the Promo Blitz for Resolutions by Teri Riggs.

I gave this book 5/5 stars


Teri Riggs Website
JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books
Facebook Prom Blitz for Resolutions by Teri Riggs