Title: Spies and Stilettos
Series: The MacKenzie Family #12
Author: Liliana Hart
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Publication Date: 21 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Elena Nayal has worked for MacKenzie Security for years. Quiet and unassuming, she stays in the shadows of the world’s most elite clandestine agency. But she’s trained relentlessly after hours, and her only thought is to be strong enough to track down and kill every last one of the men who brutally attacked her.
Lieutenant Brady Scott is no stranger to special ops. He commands the greatest SEAL team in the history of America. But fighting for the woman he loves turns out to be the most difficult mission he’s ever been on. He must decide whether to let her walk into a suicide mission on her own, or ignore every rule he’s sworn to follow.
Liliana Hart’s writing is completely addictive, once you enter the world of the MacKenzies you don’t want to leave, anxiously awaiting details of all your favourite characters while keeping your fingers crossed they all get their individual Happily Ever Afters. I’ve only managed to read a few of the MacKenzie series and have to say while I become completely immersed in their world it is the stories with the romance as the focal point that are my favourite (I know I know that is totally obvious).
Spies and Stillettos is not for the faint-hearted dealing with brutal rape and torture, drug cartels and government black ops.
Elena had her innocence brutally torn away from her, rescued by the MacKenzies, she has devoted the past seven years to repaying the debt she feels she owes them by becoming a top operations coordinator. Struggling to overcome the damage, both physically and mentally, inflicted on her, Elena has a lot of (understandable) barriers in place effectively making her feel like an outsider even after all the time that has passed. Having the insight into her thoughts and actions proves Elena is a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for.
When the drug cartel responsible for the savagery inflicted on Elena make a re-appearance in her life and threaten her only living relative, Elena has to confront the demons from her past in the most challenging of ways.
I completely adored Brady, he is utterly adorable. Gentle and patient, he has been drawn to Elena from the beginning even after witnessing first hand the terror she had endured. His solid presence and unconditional love give Elena the confidence and foundation on which to truly heal.
The character development through Spies and Stilettos is astonishing especially in Elena’s case. Liliana Hart balances the action and the romance within the plot brilliantly, although for me personally, I like the romance to be front and centre, lol.
There are lots of cameo appearances through the story including some nice recapping of their individual stories, die-hard MacKenzie fans will be delighted to see their favourites although for us newbies it doesn’t detract from the connection to Spies and Stilettos. There is an absolutely stunning surprise conclusion to the series as a whole but you are going to have to read it to find out what it is 😀
Spies and Stilettos is high octane all the way !!!!