Review: Cruz (Hell Squad)

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Title: Cruz
Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Hell Squad #2
Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
Length: Short Novel
Available: Now

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Battle-hardened soldier Cruz Ramos is running on empty. As second-in-command of the deadliest commando squad fighting the invading aliens, he doesn’t know why he’s fighting anymore. He’s seen too much destruction, devastation, and far too much death. Still, every day he goes out to protect those humans left, and every day the growing numbness threatens to take over.

Until a mysterious woman emerges from the ruins of destroyed Sydney and saves him from a pack of rampaging aliens.

Santha Kade has one goal: revenge. The raptors who have devastated the Earth have taken everything from her: her team, her home, her beloved sister. Santha—a former police officer—has spent a year alone in the ruined city, waging her own guerrilla war. Sure, she might get lonely sometimes, but she doesn’t have room for anything but vengeance. Not even for a sexy soldier with liquid brown eyes, a bone-melting accent, and a face designed to drive a woman wild.

But as Cruz and Santha join forces to rescue human hostages from the aliens, their explosive attraction is impossible to resist. Can these two warriors survive long enough to find something worth living for?


Source: ARC from the author

Santha is awesome! That is all.

Well, okay, so perhaps there is more to this book than that, but seriously, what’s not to love about a heroine who can survive alone in the ruins of Sydney, has stockpiled weapons and runs around on her own taking down evil enemies with her totally kick-ass crossbow? It’s also a black crossbow, because it is super cool! Santha’s also brave, independent and completely awesome, which I might have already mentioned.

However, if an incredible heroine is not enough for you, please be assured that as an Anna Hackett tale there is also a sexy hero to match. And Cruz definitely does. He’s strong and capable, with a whole brooding guitar playing, lonely in a crowd, haunted by his past, needs the love of a good woman vibe going on. As the second-in-command of Hell Squad he also has all the right alpha qualities heading in protective directions. He and Santha make a great team, even if she does sometimes take her independent streak to extremes.

Actually, that’s the only thing I didn’t like so much about Santha. Sure, it must be tricky trying to cope in a command structure when she’s been alone and successful for so long, but some of the risks she takes seemed a teeny bit gratuitous. However, they also provided excellent opportunities for finding out what the nasty aliens are up to, so you win some you lose some.

Speaking of those aliens, wow, they just keep getting creepier. Not in looks, because I love the whole intelligent-dinosaur-aliens thing, but that intelligence and the way they’re starting to communicate just takes the over-arching plot to a whole new level of dark and dangerous. Santha makes a great dramatic speech at one point which underlines everything separating the human survivors from the invaders. And although it should probably fill me with dread, it also means so many good things for the rest of this series – if by good I mean action-packed excitement and life-threatening danger.

Once more pairing a great hero with an awesome heroine, the second installment of the Hell Squad series is packed with romance and adventure, not to mention explores a little more of the alien invasion and takes the whole series a little deeper and a little darker. Clearly those raptors haven’t shown up simply to take over the place, and I cannot wait for Gabe’s story to see how everything develops next. Which leaves just one question: Are you ready to go to Hell?


Hell Squad: Cruz is Out Now!
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