Review: Hemi (Hell Squad)

cover-hemiTitle: Hemi
Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Hell Squad #13
Genre: Sci-Fi Action Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Now


In the middle of an alien invasion, a big, tough, tattooed former mercenary is finally going to chase down his woman.

Camryn McNab knows love is a lie. Okay, maybe not for everybody–her fellow soldiers on Squad Nine have managed to fall in love in the middle of a vicious alien attack. But it’s not for her. She comes from two people incapable of love. For now, her life is about survival, fighting to protect others, and kicking some alien raptor butt. What she doesn’t need is a certain wild, bearded, tattoo-covered soldier always underfoot, messing with her things, and driving her crazy. But no matter how hard she tries to outrun Hemi Rahia, she can’t seem to shake him, and a terrified part of doesn’t even want to…

A member of the Squad Three berserkers, Hemi knows his squad has a reputation for not following the rules and being a little wild. Former bikers, mercenaries, and…other less savory things, they fight hard and party harder. But Hemi has known for a while now that there is only one woman for him. One courageous, sexy, attitude-filled woman he wants to claim as his own. But he has to catch her first.

Tasked with a top-secret mission deep in alien creeper territory, Hemi and Cam will fight side-by-side to achieve their dangerous goal. Their chemistry is off the charts, but persistent Hemi wants more than Cam’s body…he wants her heart and soul as well. As their battle with the aliens turns deadly, they will have to fight not only for their love, but for their very survival.

Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (dangerous missions and deadly aliens), tough warriors (the kickass ladies of Squad Nine and the badass berserkers) and a steamy romance (lots of sexy times between a bearded wild man and his sexy soldier). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

Source: ARC from the author

After thirteen books, fans of this series should know what they’re getting by now – a sexy, alpha male, a strong, smart woman and lots of evil alien shenanigans to balance out the sexy times. Plus, this time around, we get a closer look at those Berserkers, at last! This has been a long time coming, not just getting to know the squad better, but also because Hemi has been chasing Cam for a while.

I loved Hemi. He’s sexy and playful, pushy and dominant, but never over the top. He might like to be in charge, but he’s not overwhelming, despite his larger than life personality and form. He’s big and strong, but also flirty and fun. I liked him a lot.

I also liked the plot, with the creepers and the potential horror of what they are and do. The action sequences are as big and bombastic as ever, with a few moments verging on unlikely, but which are nevertheless enjoyable.

What a shame about Cam. Up until now she’s been a strong, no nonsense woman who doesn’t have much time for Hemi’s attention-seeking flirtations. I had high hopes for the pair of them, but it turns out that Cam’s resistance is pathetic. Yes, Hemi is pushy, but she’s a complete pushover. She makes up her mind about something, states her position firmly, but one teasing push from Hemi and she caves. Every. Single. Time. It was infuriating!

I love Hemi, and there were plenty of moments when I didn’t blame Cam for giving in, but for someone who’s fought so hard for so long, I expected her to win at least one of their bouts, whether the playful ones or the more serious moments. Nope. She’s useless and that made her seem weak. It also made me doubt their ability to be partners in anything. One of the other characters (Sienna) states at one point that Cam is good for Hemi because she stands up to him and never lets him get away with anything, but all evidence suggests the contrary. He’d end up walking all over her without meaning to, because her resistance really is futile.

Which sadly left me utterly unconvinced about the romance. Hemi’s great, I’m loving the rest of the Berserkers and the plot is as action-packed as always, I just wish Cam had lived up to her earlier promise and not proved to be such a pushover.

Hell Squad: Hemi is Out Now.
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