ARC Review! Her Wicked Hero – Black Dawn Book 4 by Caitlyn O’Leary

Her Wicked Hero
Black Dawn Book 4
Caitlyn O’Leary



A photograph. A feeling. A knowing. That’s all it took for Dante “Zed” Zaragoza to realize his fate was intertwined with a woman he’d never met. Now it was up to him to find Marcia Price and bring her home safely. Thankfully for Marcia he’s temporarily part of the Black Dawn SEAL team, who are on the hunt to locate eleven people whose yacht had gone missing in the South China Sea. A photograph means she’s alive…for now.


Marcia Price realized she was in the hands of a monster as she was dragged deeper and deeper into the jungle. She wanted to give up so many times but dammit, no matter what, she would survive this even if it almost killed her. And maybe, just maybe, the universe would send her a hero.


Zed’s blood turned to ice the moment he found out the history of the man who had Marcia in his grip. He wasn’t just a sociopath, he’d been trained as a SEAL. And that was only the beginning. Zed would need more than his standard bag of tricks if he and Marcia were going to get out of there alive…

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First I want to thank Buoni Amici Press for the opportunity to read this ARC.

This book opens in the jungle with a hostage situation. Several very prominent people are being held. One of them former NSA Director Harold Brockman and his children. One of the problems is that their yacht has been blown up, making rescue unlikely. That is until the director fakes a seizure and they let his daughter search for an EpiPen. In reality she is looking for a watch that shields a homing device, it will alert the correct people of their whereabouts thus dispelling any thoughts that they are all dead in the explosion.

As the team prepares for rescue our hero Zed sees a photo of Marcia. That photo has him itching to get on with the mission. That woman was his, she just doesn’t know it yet.

The mercenaries think Marcia is the oldest of the three Brockman daughters and was playing the role to keep herself safe.

Unfortunately for her when the team arrives she was away from their hut with the youngest daughter at the makeshift latrine. Taken by Raymond, one of the most vile of the mercenaries, she needs to stay alive and after her sarcastic comments earn her a backhand from him that leaves her seeing stars she realizes she needs to be subservient, no matter how hard it is.

As the hostages are being airlifted out, Zed starts his search for her.

This is a favorite scene when he catches up.

Zed was closer to the women than he was to the boat, but neutralizing Raymond was the smart move. He started toward the river, but then saw that Raymond was pushing off from the shore at the same time he lifted his rifle and fired more shots at the women.

“Get down,” Zed shouted to Marcia. Zed raised his rifle and took aim at the same time Raymond dropped to the deck. He’d obviously heard Zed’s shout. Dammit.

“Help us,” Marcia shouted.

“I need to stop Raymond, or he’ll come back for you,” Zed objected.

“Forget Raymond. He hurt Hana, we need to get her to a doctor.”

Zed looked back at the boat. Goddammit, it was already floating toward the middle of the river. He headed toward the women.

When he reached the trio, Marcia started talking again.

“Come on, we have to hurry. Raymond said there was some kind of camp down river.”

Zed looked down at the little brunette giving him orders and barked out a laugh, he couldn’t help it. “Before you start acting like my commanding officer, aren’t you going to ask who I am?” Zed asked sardonically.

“You were shooting at Raymond and trying to help us. I pray to God you’re one of the good guys.”

Underneath all the dirt on her face, he saw the swelling on her cheek and eye, and he took note of the tear tracks. He couldn’t tell if her attitude was an act or sheer bravado. He saw her lower lip tremble. Ah, hell.

“Marcia, didn’t you know, the bad guys think they are the good guys,” Zed said gently. He tried to get a look at the mother and baby, but the mother jerked away from him, cuddling her child close. “Who’s Hana?” he asked Marcia.

“You called me Marcia,” she said excitedly. “Mr. B. sent you.” A smile broke over her face, and it hit him right in the gut. “Hana is the baby. He yanked her away from Nurul, I’m pretty sure he broke her arm, that’s why she won’t stop crying. After that, he threatened to kill Nurul’s father if she didn’t get Hana to stop crying.” Marcia’s voice broke, “Then the bastard killed him.”

Zed watched as a tear spilled down her face.

“Marcia, we need to go,” he said as he looked toward the water. Even though the boat was down river, he would still feel a lot better when they were hidden in the trees. “You can tell me everything when we’re safer.”
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In the aftermath of the rescue it becomes apparent that Raymond is obsessed with Marcia.

Plenty of drama and hold your breath moments as Zed and Marcia get to know one another.

I love smart, strong women, and Marcia fills that role to a tee in spite of her insecurities, relationship wise. Zed has his hands full with her and I loved watching him pull her out of her shell.

I loved Zed’s team and since I started this series at the end instead of the beginning I now have to go back and read the rest.

Emotional, sometimes scary, action packed, with sweet yet sizzling sex and some giggles make this book a must read.

5 Contented Purrs for Caitlyn!

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Caitlyn O’Leary

Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.

Her Series Include:
It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.

This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.

This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.

She loves to hear from her readers.

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