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Wait...can we just take a minute to appreciate the cover? *sigh*
Okay, you may proceed with reading. :)
I took a risk with this book, as I hadn't read the previous books in the series, but I'm really glad I did! It was a fast-paced medical mystery with lots of action, adventure, and steamy romance. I loved the main characters, and even the bad guys had a lot of drama going on behind the scenes. The story had many layers, which really added depth and excitement to the overall story. The author did a great job of bouncing between POVs, so even though I hadn't read the previous books, I was able to get an idea of the other key players in the plot.
Jean-Luc Cavalier has been trying to find and keep safe the beautiful, feisty doctor he saved from mercenaries two months ago in Martinique. Tracking her down to Nigeria, he has managed to get himself caught, and his captors have perished one-by-one from a mysterious disease. During his escape, he finds himself in the company of the one he's been searching for - Dr. Claire Oliver. Claire has been trying to save a village from a disease that, thus far, has only produced one survivor and killed all the rest. On her quest to find out more about the illness, she is devastated to learn that the man who has stayed in her thoughts for months has become infected. And without a known cure, he has only a week to live. Their relationship cut short before it's even begun, Claire must race against the clock to save the man she has come to love, and possibly save all of humanity along with him.
Jean-Luc is, at heart, a good person. However, he is also a ladies' man who hops from one bed to the other without any inclination to settle down. But when he meets Claire, that all changes, and I really liked seeing his devotion to her. Claire was spunky and genuine, and I loved the intelligence of her character. I don't have a medical background, but I love science, and I enjoyed hearing her talk about the disease in medical terms.
It was very informative and helped solidify her character's role as a doctor/researcher. Even though it took me a bit to fully understand what was going on, due to the story starting out so quickly with not a lot of backstory, I could feel the affection from both of the main characters towards each other. It was really heartwarming, which made Jean-Luc being ill all the more devastating. Their battle for a future that now might no longer exist really kept my heart racing, and I stayed up late finishing it the same night I started it. I had to know how it ended.
This is my first book by this author, but I already know I'll be picking up her next book! She had a great hook at the end that got me chomping at the bit for what happens next. I can't wait!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**