Off the Grid by Monica McCarty

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


by Monica McCarty
Series: The Lost Platoon #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: July 3rd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I am a little behind in reading and reviewing this title, but better late than never! I'm so glad I decided to randomly pick up Off the Grid last week because it was just what I needed. I don't read a lot of romantic suspense stories, but The Lost Platoon series is definitely shaping up to be a favorite series of mine. These books are edgy, sexy and have a good dose of suspense to them!

The plot in this series revolves around a top-secret Navy SEAL team searching Russia for a weapon that could have disastrous impacts on the world, only to have their op go wrong with an explosion. The survivors of the op scatter around the world while their commander tries to figure out what exactly went awry that fateful day. In Off the Grid, we are introduced to one of these survivors, John, who is now living in Finland as a ski instructor. He is wrangled back into his world of danger when he gets word that his best friend's sister, Brittany, who is an investigative reporter is digging to find the truth about what happened to her brother. I really enjoy the air of danger that these books seem to have to them. Even though not much may happen plot-wise until the very end, I'm still left at the edge of my seat because of the danger lurking around. My experience with Off the Grid was no different. Both Brittany and John find themselves in murky waters here, and things are starting to clear up about what happened that day in Russia, but the book definitely left off with unanswered questions that will be certainly answered in the next book.

Though I found both main characters to be equally decently written, I did have a stronger preference for Brittany. She was a bullheaded young woman who didn't let anyone or anything come in her path to finding out what happened to her brother. She faced a lot of obstacles in this book, but she remained strong and resilient and didn't allow John to push her around. That being said, her determination did have a tendency of getting her into dangerous situations, so there were definitely times when I thought she needed to think before acting. I liked John too, though sometimes I didn't exactly care for his overprotective male instincts. It got a little bit frustrating, but I could also see where he was coming from. The romance between Brittany and John was super steamy and very well-written. The chemistry between them was instant given their shared pasts and Monica McCarty just built off of that chemistry of theirs throughout Off the Grid. All that being said, two side characters, Kate and Colt, stole the show for me in the romance department. They were previously married and their chemistry has in no way evaporated. There was a ton of angst and pain between them and I was just very into it. I can't wait for more of them!

Off the Grid was a deliciously engaging, steamy and swoony romantic suspense. If you are a fan of the genre, this is a series I highly recommend.

Do you enjoy romantic suspense? What are some of your favorite romantic suspense novels?
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