Jina Modell works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She likes the money, she likes the coolness factor—and it was very cool, even for Washington, DC. She liked being able to kick terrorist butts without ever leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the control room.
But when Jina displays a really high aptitude for spatial awareness and action, she’s reassigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-teams, an elite paramilitary unit. The only problem is she isn’t particularly athletic, to put it mildly, and in order to be fit for the field, she has to learn how to run and swim for miles, jump out of a plane, shoot a gun…or else be out of a job.
Team leader Levi, call sign Ace, doesn’t have much confidence in Jina—who he dubbed Babe as soon as he heard her raspy, sexy voice—making it through the rigors of training. The last thing he needs is some tech geek holding them back from completing a dangerous, covert operation. In the following months, however, no one is more surprised than he when Babe, who hates to sweat, begins to thrive in her new environment, displaying a grit and courage that wins her the admiration of her hardened, battle-worn teammates. What’s even more surprising is that the usually very disciplined GO-team leader can’t stop thinking about kissing her smart, stubborn mouth…or the building chemistry and tension between them.
Meanwhile, a powerful Congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Levi’s squad in Syria. While the rest of the operatives set off on their mission, Jina remains at the base to control the surveillance drone, when the base is suddenly attacked with explosives. Thought dead by her comrades, Jina escapes to the desert where, brutally tested beyond measure, she has to figure out how to stay undetected by the enemy and make it to her crew in time before they’re exfiltrated out of the country.
But Levi never leaves a soldier behind, especially the brave woman he’s fallen for. He’s bringing back the woman they left behind, dead or alive.
The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard is amazing! I could not stop reading this book. I was frustrated every time I was interrupted. This novel had enough danger, risks, suspense, and romance to keep me hooked. In fact, I hope there is another book coming out in this series. I have fallen in love with the Go Team members. Almost all of them are men. Until some great computer nerd, a woman, is forced to join their team. At first, she is hating it all. Between their laughter at her weak attempts to complete physical training and her fears of jumping out of a plane, this woman has it under control. Of course, I could relate to her easily. Jina and I are both deadly afraid of heights and dying. Especially, jumping out of planes like she was forced to do. The woman kept going back two more times just to prove she was not weak. That’s the type of member the team needed. Someone who despite the odds against her, will keep fighting back until she wins or dies. Then there’s there mission that turns into a deadly trap. Jina is left behind but not because they wanted to but because of the life/death situation of two team members. An unknown enemy is making their lives complicated as hell and deadly as ever. Jina is stubborn and strong. She has the intelligence and humor to put up with the tough military men that are now her teammates. Then there’s the boss of her and her teammates that has her dreaming wild at night. Something so fierce is happening between them yet they do not act on it. A boss sworn off because she’s part of his team. A woman who wants but does not want to beg. Complex, hot, and epicly satisfying, this is a must read for all romantic suspense thriller fans!