Black Smoke (Agent of Mercy #1) by Robin Leigh Miller

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Samantha Wells has lived through more hell in her short life than most. At the age of eight her serene life was turned upside down. Her parents were brutally murdered and Sam barely escaped with her life. But she didn’t do it alone — a soft calm voice led her to safety, the voice of her spirit guide. Disguised by a black mask and the handle Black Smoke, with the help of her spirit guide Sam rescues those unfortunate people who find themselves in the hands of humanity’s worst. Life is good until Sam is called on to assist a small covert military team in recovering a kidnapped scientist in Afghanistan. Lt. Mark Lowe (Kong) is less than thrilled to be placing his team’s lives in the hands of a woman, much less one as beautiful and sexy as Sam. He quickly learns there is more to this woman than meets the eye. She not only infiltrates enemy bases — she’s infiltrated his heart. Kong retreats to safer ground, leaving Sam heartbroken. Distant and unwilling to listen to anyone, Sam delves headfirst into a hell that only Kong can pull her from.

Well this was a total meh fest. The beginning was actually interesting and I loved seeing such a capable heroine. Sam (the heroine) was a solider through and through…which was great. But as the other members of the “team” were introduced…it started to get a little silly.

First we have Sam’s guardian angel who tells her things and scouts for her. Suddenly, the hero Kong is also speaking to voices in his head. Right. Cause that just happens.

Then we have the obligatory whorish female who’s so totally hot but retaliates against the heroine out of spite when the hero turns her down.

Add in a couple of explosions, lots of bullets, a few people being killed and we’re done.There was so much going on that I really wanted to like this – it gives the impression of an adrenalin filled ride…but instead of a thrill I got a lot of meh. A lot of other people really enjoyed this. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I read a lot of action orientated Fantasy instead of only Romance or what…but it just didn’t do anything for me.

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