Title: Sweet Reward
Author: Christy Reece
First published December 27, 2011
338 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780345524096 (ISBN10: 0345524098)
In Darkness Splintered, Risa’s world is thrown into chaos when she accidentally lets slip a powerful secret. Now she’s on the run from those who want to use her knowledge for their own gain.
To make matters worse, her former lover comes back into her life, and he’s not happy about how things ended between them. Risa must navigate dangerous alliances with supernatural beings and confront her own demons if she hopes to survive.
But when she discovers a plot that could bring about the end of the world, Risa realizes that she must face her biggest challenge yet: she must save humanity from itself.
About the Author
Christy Reece, an author who has won awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list, resides in Alabama with her spouse and a variety of furry friends.
Sweet Reward by Christy Reece is a gripping and emotional story set in the fast-paced world of espionage and danger. Reece is an accomplished author of romantic suspense, and Sweet Reward is the seventh book in her series Last Chance Rescue.
Published on December 27, 2011, the novel explores the deep bonds of love, loyalty, and revenge between its characters, providing a thrilling and satisfying read for fans of the genre. The story follows Darcy Maddox, a beautiful and fierce agent of Last Chance Rescue, as she embarks on a high-stakes mission to save a baby from a ruthless criminal organization.
Her partner and love interest, Gage Brewer, is a former Navy SEAL with his own demons and secrets, making their relationship full of tension and heat. In the midst of the danger and deception, Darcy and Gage face their past traumas and fears, learning to trust each other and themselves.
Reece excels at creating vivid and complex characters, and Sweet Reward is no exception. Darcy and Gage are multi-dimensional and flawed, their motivations and actions making sense in the context of their experiences.
The supporting cast, including other agents of Last Chance Rescue and the villains, are equally well-developed, adding depth and richness to the plot. Reece’s writing style is clean and fluid, drawing the reader into the story without unnecessary distractions.
The plot of Sweet Reward is exciting and unpredictable, with twists and turns that keep the reader on edge. The action scenes are well-crafted and realistic, showing the skills and training of the agents in a thrilling way.
Reece balances the tense moments with moments of tenderness and humor, giving the story a satisfying emotional resonance. However, the novel suffers from some common tropes of the romantic suspense genre, such as the instant attraction between the main characters and the occasional predictability of the plot.
Some readers may also find the violence and danger of the story too intense or triggering. Despite these limitations, Sweet Reward is a worthy addition to Reece’s series and to the genre in general.
It showcases the power of love, redemption, and justice in the face of adversity, reminding us of the importance of human connection and empathy. Fans of romantic suspense or action thrillers will enjoy this book and its sequels, while newcomers to the series can start with this standalone story.
Overall, Sweet Reward deserves a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on its impressive characters, engaging plot, and well-crafted writing. The Washington Post recommends it to readers who enjoy fast-paced and emotional stories with a touch of romance and suspense.