#BookReview: In the line of fire by Joss Wood

37483453“It just got personal… As the Delta Force legend at Pytheon International, security expert Jett Smith-Jones has run out of leads in his effort to capture criminal mastermind, The Recruiter, the head of a notorious, international human trafficking and recruitment ring. The Recruiter remains one step ahead but when he threatens the principal players at Pytheon, including Dr Samantha Stone, the game is back on. Jett, while valiantly trying to ignore his visceral attraction to the fiery red head, is determined that she have the best protective detail Pytheon can provide. He is the best they have.”

Genre:  romance
Year Of Publication: 08.02.2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Pages: 169
My rating: 2 / 5 stars
Thank you Netgalley and publishers for an e-book copy of this book.

 “Judging by the way they are speaking you’d never think that I have interviewed many convicts, that I have a PhD. I just sound like an absolute idiot.” (Sam)



When I started reading this book, I did not know it was part of a series, this being the 3rd book, however I do not believe that it would’ve changed my opinion on this book much.


giphyJett was the hunk tasked to making Sam loose her panties, err … head! He is obviously tall, dark and handsome, but more often than not I found his attitude more than lacking. He acted and spoke to Sam like she was an idiot, although she was an expert on her field and I struggled to understand how Sam found his talking hot at all! Initially she was fiery and standing her ground, however she soon dissolved into a mess, seemed unable to do her job (which grated on me greatly!), and accepted his often demeaning attitude as sexy! All the other characters didn’t matter much, they seemed to bend in and I cared for them even less than I cared for the main characters. Some of them even patronised her and treated her like an idiot after an incident at her home. WTF? The only character that I seemed to like, was her friend, the detective lady.

What bothered me the most, was not the fact that the characters were cardboard clichés, it was the fact that they kept on deviating from their profile and behaving out of character. This annoyed me to great lengths. For example, she is supposed to be a hard criminal/profiling psychologist, yet she literally had a meltdown with Jeff because she thought she was ugly because when she was 15 years old had pimples (doesn’t have anymore), freckles, and was tall. Surely, she must’ve seen herself in a mirror ever since. Surely, as a psychologist, she could read attraction in other people’s body language, but no!


The plot was weak and not supported much by the characters or the writing. It was predictable and the ending actually made me laugh. The plot seemed to work only to push the characters into each other’s arms and maintain some sort of a tension.


I didn’t like the writing, it read very juvenile and overly simplistic; for example:

“The recruiter was super smart, cunning, and his beef with Pytheon was very personal”, “being the observant, super soldier he was”, “made a nose in the back of her throat”, “Jett’s ‘brave girl’ dissolving a little of the ice around her heart”, “he was super reluctant to risk losing someone again”, and so on…

“Super” was used 12 times on its own. So yeah, I did not enjoy the writing.


Initially I enjoyed it, however the inconsistencies, the lack of coherent plot, characters and writing started to diminish my enjoyment, but overall it was ok. It would’ve been a lot better with some more editing and pulling some of that plot together. The novel felt more like a template, than a story.



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