Review: Devlin (Hell Squad)

cover-devlinTitle: Devlin
Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Hell Squad #11
Genre: Sci-Fi Action Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Now

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In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, a spy and a soldier find themselves locked in an alien cage and told…mate or die.

A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…

Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens. As she works with the sexy, suave Devlin, she starts to see glimpses of the man beneath the cool exterior. An exterior she soon finds she wants to melt.

In the worst of circumstances, a passion is born. But on the run for their lives, Devlin and Taylor soon discover far worse things in the alien facility: human prisoners and a weapon that could be the very downfall of the human race. A weapon that will threaten their friends, their home, and everything they hold dear.


Source: ARC from the author

Ah, Hell Squad, the gift that keeps on giving! And after the precarious position Devlin and Taylor were left in at the end of the last book, it was one I couldn’t wait to unwrap. Luckily, this book wastes no time in getting to the action – in more ways than one: mate or die. Well, neither Devlin nor Taylor are in the mood to do as their told, as stubbornness, determination and survival instinct rise up.

Dev is one of those characters I’ve long wanted to know more about. He’s shadowy and secretive and is the sneakiest, super spy the human survivors have to rely on. He’s heroic and brave, but in a completely unshowy way, so it was great to finally get him into the spotlight. However, as this is such a fast-paced, quick read I never felt like we got to know him too well – but I loved how his relationship with Taylor unfolded. These two make an excellent team. Perhaps his resistance was a bit too token for me, his change of mind coming way too quickly, but hey, there’s a war on! No time for moping!

As for Taylor, I really liked her. The darkness in her past surprised me with its grimness, but I loved how strong and capable she was. She’s a true Hell Squad series heroine and is never there just to make up the numbers. She’s brave and smart and a perfect match for Dev as they race to escape and unravel the newest horror that the Gizzida are preparing to inflict on humanity.

Fast and furious, this latest Hell Squad book is every bit as gripping as the earlier stories, with the action ramped right up to ten. Yet, somehow, someway, it also manages to find a few moments of quiet reflection and even wonderful happiness. There are a few lovely moments that complete a few loose ends, while also showing that hope still survives in this battered world.

Another great addition to the series, with humour, hope and happiness amidst the action, heat and fighting. The next book sure looks like it’s going to be an interesting one – can’t wait!


Hell Squad: Devlin is Out Now.
Visit Anna Hackett for more details.

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