Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Finding the Way Back - Brittney Sahin

Finding the Way Back
(Stealth Ops #5)
by Brittney Sahin
Published: August 29, 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Military, Contemporary

Years ago, he chose duty over love. He's not sure if he can do it again.

Charlie "Knox" Bennett traded medical school for the Navy and never looked back. After almost eight years of working top-secret missions for the commander in chief, Knox's greatest regret is lying to his best friend. But when his father decides to make a run for the White House, and with the fate of his team resting in the hands of the future president . . . the truth threatens to come out.

Following in her mother's footsteps to serve and protect, Adriana Foster joined the Secret Service, never expecting one day she'd be assigned as detail to her best friend's father. After twenty years of keeping her true feelings hidden from Knox, will working together finally be what pushes them out of the friend-zone?

As Adriana and Knox track down the shooter who attempted to assassinate his father, they soon realize they're not the only ones who have been harboring secrets. With both his family and a teammate in grave danger--can Knox make the tough choice of putting everything on the line, even if that includes Adriana?

In what could be Knox's final mission, he may win the battle, but he could lose his heart.

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5 Stars
A slow-burn, friends-to-lovers read with all the action-packed suspense you could want from a military romance novel. Finding the Way Back has been my most anticipated release from Brittney Sahin since the moment we met Knox in the Stealth Ops series. As the son of a senator, and Presidential candidate, Knox knows what the spotlight is like, but he's avoided it for years both while he was in the Navy and now as a member of Scott and Scott Security. When an attack against his parents is attempted Knox knows he has to come out of the shadows and protect his family, despite their lack of support over the years. What he doesn't plan for is his best friend, Adriana, a Secret Service member to be there too, willingly putting herself in the line of fire. He's harbored love for Adriana for so long, since their first kiss as teens, but seeing her in action and watching her put herself into danger makes him finally realize he can't keep it a secret any longer. The opportunity to protect the Senator is one Adriana can't say no to, even if she'll have to put her feelings for Knox and his family to the side for a time. The threat against the Bennett family is serious though and as Knox's team and Secret Service are pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse Knox and Adriana are forced to face their feelings.

"It was a way to keep her guard up, and he knew it. He hated it. And he wanted to tear it the hell down."

I have been dying for Knox's book, this man has been my favorite from day one. He's giving, honest, and has a good head on his shoulders, plus he's attractive just like all the Stealth Ops men. What I loved the most was how unselfish he has been, willingly putting himself into danger in order to protect his men and the women in their lives. Of course, he's also the obnoxious guy with a female best friend he's uber protective over, but we all knew that couldn't last. These two have smoking hot chemistry and I've just been biding my time, waiting for it to bubble over. Adriana is a tough as nails woman, having lost her mother at a young age and setting her sights on completing her mother's dream of being in the Secret Service. I love her determination, I am obsessed with their friendship, and I cannot get over how this slow burn romance EXPLODED on the pages.

"'Who the hell are you guys? And for real.' She could no longer hold back. After seven years, se needed answers."

Finding the Way Back is the slowest paced of Brittney's novel and yet the suspense and action is non-stop. I didn't even realize we hadn't gotten to the heat of their lust until halfway in, because I was so distracted by the fast-paced mission Knox and Adriana found themselves working together on. For me, this book was such a win, because we got to see a different side to all of the Stealth Ops team. Loyalty was such a big part of this book and watching the team fold Adriana into their own was just amazing, it was the key to unlocking Knox's future. However, it was impossible to predict if these two would finally get their happily ever after, that's how intense the action is. So many what ifs tumbled from my mouth while reading, but I can happily report that Brittney Sahin manages to mix the romance into the action and suspense perfectly. I got the book I dreamed of reading about and Knox, he's still my number one for sure, but now I'll willingly share him with Adriana.

"She matched his pace, but in truth, she was hanging on to the edge."

Brittney Sahin hits it out of the park again with Stealth Ops #5, Finding the Way Back. This series, its characters, have evolved and changed overtime and I love that Brittney found a way to make each book a standalone yet still tie in all the other characters. The Stealth Ops men are my favorite military characters ever and I happen to love Military Suspense reads, it's a high honor. This book, like the previous in the series, feels authentic and there's a perfect mix of mission and romance in the story. Add this well-written, engaging romance read to your list, trust me, it's a must.

About Brittney Sahin
Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing–never stopped imagining.

It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys, and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

1 comment

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I truly appreciate it!!


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