Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Desire Unmatched by Lynne Silver

Title: Desire Unmatched
Series: Coded for Love (#4)
Author: Lynne Silver
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi
Release Date: 1st May 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, Can You Read a Series in a Month?, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Program: an organization of elite soldiers with superior strength, agility, and intellect. These men put their lives on the line to execute the government’s most dangerous missions.  As the Program’s coldest and most lethal soldier, Xander Bristack knows love is beyond his reach. He’s bad news for any woman. But when he’s kidnapped by terrorists and thrown into a dungeon to rot, he’s haunted by passionate thoughts of one beautiful blonde. All Xander wants is one night with Emma Harrison, and he’ll fight his way out of the terrorists’ grasp to get it. A former kidnapping victim herself, Emma knows firsthand the trauma Xander must have endured, and she refuses to leave his side when he returns to the Program battered and broken. Emma’s convinced her love will help heal Xander, and she won’t settle for just one night together to prove it. As he pushes her away, refusing to open his heart to her, Emma’s determined to show Xander that she wants him forever, for better or worse, because she knows that under his deadly exterior is the heart of a hero. 

Desire Unmatched has a standalone romance (between Xander and Emma) but the events in the book run on from those in book 2 and reference the events in book 1. The first part of the book does happen concurrantly with the latter though. This review may contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series. 

Xander and Emma have been sizzling along in the background since book 1 of this series, and it felt right for them to take that time. Desire Unmatched didn't just assume the reader had paid attention to two relatively minor characters though, it took the reader back so that each moment was more fleshed out and detailed. It made me really dig their relationship. 

There were a lot of British stereotypes surrounding Emma and as a Brit I wasn't too sure how I felt about some of them! Some, like the reference to the UK having 12 actors who are in everything (based on Love Actually and the Harry Potter films) I found funny because there do seem to be a lot of actors who appear in a large number of British films it must be said! Others, like Telford in location to London I found a bit odd (as a Brit my description of Telford would either be "it's in the Midlands" or "its near the Welsh Border" as opposed to "it's so far away from London") However, I am British so I will view these things differently! It was only a minor part of the story anyway! 

Xander had an innocence about him that was highly endearing. Up until know he's been a background character that others have hinted about having a rough past. In Desire Unmatched his past came to light but along with that did his innocence of all things relationshipwise. Not only that but he softened as he got to know Emma more and it was a highly endearing thing. 

This was a great read, I liked the individual characters and the developing overall story arc! 

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