ARC Review: The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

Posted March 24, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 12 Comments

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ARC Review: The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard
The Woman Left Behind
by Linda Howard

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: March 6th 2018
Series: GO-Team #2
Published by William Morrow
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

“…this was a great read, it was very entertaining with a fantastic heroine, a few tense moments and a lot of sexual tension.”
~ Under the Covers

Who knew that being good at video games would throw her straight in to couch potato hell? Jina Modell works in the Communications department in a secret government organisation. Or at least she used to. Now, after a secret assessment carried out, via video game, she is being thrown in with the one of the GO-Teams, a highly trained military unit, as a drone operator. Her days of 9-5 in a climate controlled office are over. However, Jina is no quitter and no matter what her new team throw at her she is determined to fit into the team. Even if team leader Levi, call sign Ace, doesn’t seem to want her around.

I need more romantic suspense in my life, so I decided to pick up The Woman Left Behind, I was hoping to fall in love with some sexy military types and enjoy a fast paced plot. That isn’t quite what happened. Although I definitely fell in love with a team of sexy military types, however, I found it was the Jina “Babe” Modell that kept me hooked to the book. I loved how sassy she was and that she had no quit in her. As for the high octane plot…that was a little lacking. There was only one explosion and a scattering of gunfire in the whole book. However, that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

The Woman Left Behind centred mostly around Jina’s initiation into the team and her training. She went from an office worker to a fully trained and fighting fit soldier and seeing that journey was funny and a little awe inspiring. What made this book so interesting, despite not having a fast moving plot, was Jina herself. She was easy to identify with as she approached the training regime/physical torture with reluctance, trepidation and the will not to fail. She liked her comfy office job and she had no desire to work outside air conditioning. The humour and camaraderie that this brought was a lot of fun and made this a quick and easy read.

Now the romance part. Levi and Jina have a lot of tension between them. At first, it was dislike and lust but as they got to know one another it was just plain ol’ lust, which developed to more as the book continued. The tension and chemistry was fantastic, especially as neither of them were able to act on the pull between them. However, I found when the romance did finally come to a head right at the end, after all the build up, it seemed a little anti-climatic. Maybe I was expecting too much, but I thought they had more chemistry when they weren’t a couple than when they were.

However, this was a great read, it was very entertaining with a fantastic heroine, a few tense moments and a lot of sexual tension. I now need to go back and read the first book in the series (not essential to read to understand this book) and look forward to the release of the third.

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About Linda Howard

Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Linda Howard lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F. Howington, and two golden retrievers. She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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This sounds fantastic. Linda def knows how to do sexual tension and Jina sounds like a great heroine. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds great!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! I love Linda Howard’s books,I’ve read a lot of her books she’s fabulous!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Darynda Jones

This sounds fantastic. Linda def knows how to do sexual tension and Jina sounds like a great heroine. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Sounds great!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! I love Linda Howard’s books,I’ve read a lot of her books she’s fabulous!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, not a slow burn fan but the rest off the book sounds good.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, not a slow burn fan but the rest off the book sounds good.

Mary
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Mary

Loved this one so much than the first in the series!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

Mary
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Mary

Loved this one so much than the first in the series!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne