ARC Review of Blackburn – Special Forces: Operation Alpha by Brynne Asher

Special Forces: Operation Alpha
Brynne Asher


She’s my employee.

I’m her boss’s boss. Hell, I own the company.

Pursuing Lillian Burkette was a line I shouldn’t cross.

Until a work trip from hell changed everything.

I didn’t just step over the line. I annihilated the damn thing.

When it comes to her, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do. I’d even kill for her.

When they say the corporate world is a jungle … they have no idea.

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Brynne Archer is a new to me author. I really enjoyed her foray into Susan Stokers, Special Forces: Operation Alpha.Like a lot of companies nowadays, Blackburn is expanding globally. What was to be a trip with her boss to Nicaragua, ends up being one with the company CEO, Gabe Blackman when her boss becomes ill.

Lillian has been berated for not including Gabe Blackburn in some of these meetings by not translating what was being said. Her job is to market and sell, not translate, so I really loved the way she lets him have it. Boss or not, it doesn’t change her role.

When they are suddenly surrounded by militants, Gabe’s entire demeanor changes. He becomes a fighting machine and then his whole attitude toward her changes.

Trekking through the jungle in wedge heeled sandals wasn’t ideal but Lillian persevered.

This is a favorite scene when they found shelter for the night.

“Oh.” Well, then. I guess that just means he really doesn’t like me. The stress from the day is beginning to bear down and the need to sit and take my shoes off is overwhelming. I toss the package of M& M’s at him and he moves with quick precision to catch it. “Here. I hear a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Oh, but you already know that, don’t you?”

I sit on the dingy, wooden floor and, when I lean back against the wall, I bite back a moan from getting off my feet. When I reach down to unbuckle my sandals from around my ankles and pull them off, I wince.

“Holy shit,” he mutters and moves closer to look at my feet. I knew I was wearing blisters but I didn’t think they’d be this bad. These wedges were comfortable in the store, but hiking through the rainforest in them? No way.

Gabe reaches down and tips my ankle to get a closer look. “You should have told me to slow down. I was surprised you kept up as well as you did in these shoes.”

“It’s fine.” I brush him off and yank at the hem of my dress to pull it down my thighs since he’s squatting at my feet.

“I’ll be right back.” Gabe stands and starts for the door.

“Wait. Where are you going?”

“I’ll be gone two minutes.” He looks back.

“Don’t you dare come out unless I scream bloody murder.”

My face falls. “That’s not funny.”

“It’s also not funny to tease me about watching Mary Poppins when I was forced to by my sisters who weren’t above using cruel and unusual punishment before I was big enough to kick their asses.”

He turns to leave again and I can’t help yelling after him, “If you could sing the Supercalifragilistic song and click your heels together, I could use a fruity rum drink with a happy umbrella stuck in the top.”

I’m not sure, but over the hum of the bugs and other creepy sounds in the rainforest, I swear I hear him laugh.

I didn’t think Gabriel Blackburn knew how to laugh.

I didn’t think it was even possible for him to smile.

Even so, I hope he hurries the heck up.
Brynne Asher. Blackburn (Kindle Locations 407-427). Brynne Asher.

I found myself sighing as he tended her injured feet, giggling as she teased him about Mary Poppins and holding my breath as they find themselves captured.

I love that the person Gabe calls for assistance is Tex. I swear that man is in every one of the ‘world’ books. Which makes sense since he can find anyone, anywhere.

I loved the way this relationship develops from just a fantasy in their minds to a very real steamy one. Top it off with the way Gabe handles Lillian’s family and their co-workers and it’s a winner.

I will definitely be purchasing more of Brynne’s books.

5 Contented Purrs for Brynne!

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Brynne Asher lives in the Midwest with her husband, three children and her perfect dog. When she isn’t creating pretend people and relationships in her head, she’s running her kids around and doing laundry. She enjoys cooking, decorating, and shopping, always seeking the best deal. A perfect day in “Brynne World” ends in front of an outdoor fire with family, friends, s’mores, and a delicious cocktail.

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