4 out of 5 Licks
She was the last woman standing.
Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her first deployment—not to mention her career—she is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of her life. She’s returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn’t mean she’s ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.
Love happens when you least expect it.
When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini is sure the woman was put on the earth to irritate him. She’s prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she’s right. Worse—she almost always is. She hasn’t really changed over the years. One disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.
When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer—or that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.
The Santini’s are back!! I love a good military romance and Mel writes some great ones. I don’t see very many female military heroines so it’s always refreshing when one pops up. Madison is living with PTSD and working hard to maintain as normal of a life as she can. She’s changed a lot since Dante saw her last and now he’s determined to make her his. Dante believes in her when she isn’t sure she believes in herself anymore. Dante turns out to be quite the sweetheart and refuses to let Madison doubt herself or her instincts. I loved seeing these two find each other again and fall hard. Something about seeing a Santini fall is extra awesome! They fall so hard and so completely, it is always so much fun to read.