Review: RJ Scott – Alpha, Delta

alphaAuthor: RJ Scott
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: AllRomance
Genre: MM Military

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Officer Finn Hallan has never run from a fight. With Niall’s life and love at stake, he’s not about to start now…

Finn Hallan is a member of the elite Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, code name Delta. When the team is sent to respond to a hostage situation on an oil platform in the Norwegian Sea, he has to face demons he thought he had buried a long time ago.

Scottish engineer Niall Faulkner’s skills in oil platform decommissioning takes him to the Forseti platform at the worst possible time. When he’s captured by terrorists, his only thought is that he will never get to tell his lover how he really feels.

Can Finn keep Niall alive? Or will they both die at the hands of hijackers in the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea?

Review: While at a mandatory safety meeting as part of the Norwegian Emergency Response Unit, work partners Erik and Finn are bored and they don’t want to be there. Erik knows Finn is gay and he’s good with it. So when Finn is distracted by the very pretty Niall, the engineer about to give a speech, Erik teases and then ditches the meeting. So Finn gets to meet the very intelligent Niall on his own. In the span of a short conversation, Finn is pretty taken with Niall and tries to figure out if Niall might be interested as well.

As the two get to know each other and sleep together it becomes clear that Niall is looking for a partner and Finn is out the door nearly as soon as the condom comes off. Very frustrating for Niall.

They aren’t together all the time, Finn is a Delta and Niall is decommissioning oil rigs. But then the unimaginable happens and Niall is in danger. Finn’s attitude of “no strings” isn’t helping here when a crazy from the past causes trouble.

There were a couple of times there were distracting name switches and I had to go back and reread the paragraph again. I liked Niall a lot, as well as Ewan, his brother. Finn was more irritating, his insistence that he “couldn’t love someone…it wouldn’t be fair”.

There’s a lot going on in the second half of the book, with the crazy around. I did like very much when Niall is frozen in place on the boat deck. That seemed a very real reaction – Niall isn’t a Delta, he’s an engineer. But his thoughts of “What would Finn do?” help him through. And I thought the ending was so them.


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