Title: Valor (Until You #4)
Author: Karrie Roman
Release Date: January 14, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Years ago Asher Winsome almost lost his life in the jaws of a great white shark. It was the scariest moment of his life—until his four-year-old nephew is kidnapped. Called home to be with his family, who see him as the black sheep, Asher must rely on every bit of his courage if he’s going to help get his nephew back. But this is not an ordinary kidnapping. And the outcome will leave Asher running for his life.
Former FBI agent Alec Banner buries himself in his work to forget everything that’s missing in his life. His job, at a private company run by an old friend, locating missing children can be tough and brutal, but Alec is no stranger to working with the worst of humanity. From the minute he’s called to help on the Winsome kidnapping he knows something is different.
Thrown together under such difficult circumstances Asher and Alec are drawn to each other’s unrelenting courage even in the face of their fears. But a relationship begun under such impossible stress can’t survive. When his job is finished Alec runs from Asher and his growing feelings, but the danger hasn’t passed, in fact it has only just begun. And both men will need to be brave if they are to survive.
Maybe I was expecting too much, but the story was so-and-so for me. I couldn’t get into character’s heads and the whole story felt contriving and unconvincing.
Asher and Alec met when Alec is hired to look for Asher’s kidnapped nephew. They are attracted to each other from the moment they met, which was a first hurdle for me. I didn’t buy it.
It didn’t help that characters didn’t move away form stereotype. Asher’s parents are wealthy and emotionally distant, so after traumatic event Asher decided to rebel and live his life on his own terms. He is black sheep of the family. Which, okay, I can go with the flow it’s a popular trope for a reason but this time it didn’t work. Intense descriptions of emotional reactions felt off and over the top. The supporting characters didn’t bring much to the story either.
I was trying to follow the story from initial misunderstanding between two men, an interesting peek into Asher’s life and hunt for a villain but the story didn’t grow on me.