Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Alpha Delta
AUTHOR: R.J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 63 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2017
Officer Finn Hallan has never run from a fight. With Niall’s life and love at stake, he’s not about to start now.
N.B. Originally published with All Romance, this edition features the same story with new cover art
Finn Hallan is a member of the elite Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, code name Delta. When the team is sent to respond to a hostage situation on an Oil Platform, he has to face demons he thought he had buried a long time ago.
Scottish engineer Niall Faulkner’s skills in oil platform decommissioning takes him to the Forseti platform at the worst possible time. When he’s captured by terrorists, his only thought is that he will never get to tell his lover how he really feels.
Can Finn keep Niall alive? Or will they both die at the hands of hijackers in the frigid waters of the Norwegian sea?
Word Count: 21,000
Every so often I encounter a book that, while enjoyable, still manages to give me trouble come review time. Overall, I found this to be a fairly easy read with its high points and few low and while not my preference, I’m going to do a pros and cons review due to my apparent inability to find adequate words. 😀
I always enjoy a good story featuring a main character that’s law enforcement or special forces but I’ve not encountered any books that featured a group specializing in hostage situations before so total kudos to the author for giving me something new to read. I found the idea of the group intriguing and while you don’t get to know more than a couple members of said group, I liked them. The main characters, Niall and Finn, were both flushed out nicely detail wise and the attraction between them was apparent which led to a couple of nice bedroom scenes. Also, the story, while on the shorter side, was enjoyable, and the reason for the hostage situation was unexpected and the resolution was entertaining to read about.
While its expected that there will be some things left out of a book of this length, I still admit to being disappointed that you don’t actually get to see much of Finn and Niall together once they initially hook up. You find that they’ve been together for several months at the time of the hostage situation but Niall’s declaration of love would’ve gone over better with me if I’d had a chance to see him and Finn together more than just the once before hand. If they had been an already established relationship at the beginning of the book (which I was honestly expecting based on the blurb) I might have felt that connection between the two men but, as it was, I wasn’t really feeling it. Honestly, the best part of the book to me was once Niall was on the Oil Platform and the rest of the book, while enjoyable, didn’t garner as much of my attention.
This was a quick, easy read and if you’ve enjoyed this author’s works previously, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. If you’re looking for any kind of deep meaningful relationship between the characters, however, you may come away a tad bit disappointed.