Review: Hell & Back by Julie Rowe
Hell & Back Blurb:
Racing to lock down the CDC’s deadly virus samples from terrorists, ex-Special Forces medic Henry Lee partners with Ruby Toth on the Outbreak Task Force. But the terrorists always seem one step ahead. As they work side by side, Henry’s taken with how Ruby accepts and respects him, instead of pitying him for all he lost overseas, including his leg. Ruby’s hiding something, though, and Henry fears she’s been leaking sensitive information.
Terrorists have kidnapped her brother, and now microbiologist Ruby Toth faces a horrible choice. If she doesn’t give them a vial of Small Pox as ransom, her brother will die. She knows her prickly—yet very hot—boss, Henry, could provide the help she needs. But she joined the CDC to root out insiders plotting to unleash a bio-engineered pandemic, and she can’t trust anyone. Not even Henry.
Each book in the Outbreak Task Force series is STANDALONE:
* Viable Threat
* Smoke & Mirrors
* Sleight of Hand
* Search & Destroy
* Hell & Back
Hell & Back…just wow. Guys, you don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for Henry’s story. I picked up my first book by Julie Rowe back in February – Viable Threat, the first in the Outbreak Task Force series and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Since diving into Viable Threat I’ve wanted Henry’s story. He’s grumpy, grouchy, and all kinds of sexy. Not to mention wicked smart and the perfect amount of Alpha male while also appreciating a strong woman.
Yes, I am drooling.
I literally died when I was able to get my hands on this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And let me just say Henry and Ruby did not disappoint. Neither did Ms. Rowe with her story arc! This is the last book in her Outbreak Task Force (so sad about that) and I was wondering how Ms. Rowe was going to tie everything together! Brilliant. As always, Hell & Back was a twisting, turning adventure of edge-of-your-seat action that makes you worry for Henry and Ruby even though you know they’ll make it in the end.
Henry is a veteran with a lot of battle wounds – and I don’t just mean his lost leg. Losing his battle, as he refers them in the book, did a doozy on him, leaving him gruff and grumpy to keep people at arms length. Bring in Ruby, adorable, sweet, will claw-your-face-if-you-piss-her-off, Ruby. She’s, of course, Henry’s kryptonite and vice versa, the two working for months prior to the books start, making the bubbling tension spill over to a boil when they’re trapped, surrounded, and near death. It makes them falling for each other more believable, but even if they had just met, their lust to love story is still one I’d swoon over.
They are the yin to each others yang. Perfect for each other and the ending was the happily-ever-after I wanted for not just them, but all the characters. I’m so sad to see them go, but glad to know they all ended up happy in their own ways.
Now, to reread all of them so I can live in their world just a little bit longer!