Cyclone (Linear Tactical, #1)
He’d protect her from any threat… But what if the biggest threat is him? Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.  Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place. Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear. Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him?  Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place. But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

Cyclone (Linear Tactical, #1) Details

TitleCyclone (Linear Tactical, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherCalamity Jane Publishing
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, War, Military Fiction, Contemporary

Cyclone (Linear Tactical, #1) Review

  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.Janie Crouch is the first author I reviewed an ARC for. She sent me a signed copy with a very nice note. I enjoyed the book and have enjoyed many others written by her. Those first books were Harlequin Intrigue books were what I call a short novel. Action was fast and the romance sometimes didn't get a chance to develop. "Cyclone" is longer and gave both the mystery/suspense an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.Janie Crouch is the first author I reviewed an ARC for. She sent me a signed copy with a very nice note. I enjoyed the book and have enjoyed many others written by her. Those first books were Harlequin Intrigue books were what I call a short novel. Action was fast and the romance sometimes didn't get a chance to develop. "Cyclone" is longer and gave both the mystery/suspense and the romance time to fully develop. At first, I thought it was a romance with mystery, meaning a romance with a touch of mystery, but it turned out to be a really great romantic-suspense that kept me reading far too late into the night. I can't wait for the other books in this series as this cast of characters is just awesome.Dr. Anne Nichols left Oak Creek, Wyoming, after her dream come true turned into a nightmare. She is back because she has no place else to go and is out of other options. She spent her childhood hiding behind a book and trying to be invisible to everyone. Zac Mackay was the boyfriend, then husband, of Anne's best, and only, friend. What he did and said to her was the reason Anne left. When Zac's wife and child died, he threw himself into the Army Special Forces and learned a lot of skills, enough to start a successful business, Linear Tactical, teaching those skills to others with his Army buddies. During their first encounter in more than six years, Anne comes face to face with Zac and is terrified that he really meant what he said six years ago. Zac knows he behaved badly, very badly, but the fear in her eyes devastates him. He is determined to uncover what he doesn't remember and to replace fear with longing in Annie's eyes. As Zak remembers exactly what happened so long ago, he begins a mission to make Annie forgive "then" Zak, but a rapist has set his sights on Annie and she will need every ounce of determination she has and all the skills Zak taught her to survive.
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  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing second chance…I’ve read a few books by this author and I couldn’t wait to scoop this one up! It is ex-military, suspenseful, second chance and all wrapped together in a romance that ticked each and every box. Great writing and relatable characters meant I loved everything about this story!Anne was back home, working in a field she loved, and helping people the way she was born to do. She quietly went about her business, happy not to be recognized as the girl she once was. Zac, though, An amazing second chance…I’ve read a few books by this author and I couldn’t wait to scoop this one up! It is ex-military, suspenseful, second chance and all wrapped together in a romance that ticked each and every box. Great writing and relatable characters meant I loved everything about this story!Anne was back home, working in a field she loved, and helping people the way she was born to do. She quietly went about her business, happy not to be recognized as the girl she once was. Zac, though, was someone she was happy to avoid… Zac, on the other hand, was intrigued and puzzled by Anne’s reaction to him. Once the truth is out, he does anything and everything to redeem himself in her eyes. And his own….Loved it. Hands down, I loved every minute reading this book. The characters, the plot, everything came together in a story that clicked with me right from the start. I liked Anne and Zac so much as they fought and talked their way to acceptance and then much more… So many good things about them and their story, I wish I could read it for the first time – again! I will happily place it, however, on the top of my go to, re-read shelf as I eagerly wait for more in this series! ~Diane, 5 stars
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    The first installment of the Linear Tactical Series was a fast paced and exciting read. Crouch mixed an intriguing mystery with a passionate romance and the perfect amount of action.Zac and Anne have a history, one that is steeped in heartache. When they come face to face after 6 years, no one could have imagined what would happen next. With a connection they can’t forget and chemistry they can’t deny, I couldn’t get enough. The slow build between them was gripping. In addition to the romance, w The first installment of the Linear Tactical Series was a fast paced and exciting read. Crouch mixed an intriguing mystery with a passionate romance and the perfect amount of action.Zac and Anne have a history, one that is steeped in heartache. When they come face to face after 6 years, no one could have imagined what would happen next. With a connection they can’t forget and chemistry they can’t deny, I couldn’t get enough. The slow build between them was gripping. In addition to the romance, we also get the mystery and action! I absolutely love books that keep me engaged and on the edge of my seat. Throw in some fight scenes, I’m all over it!Another aspect I loved about this book was the way that Crouch included the rest of the characters. She sets up the rest of the series so well and gives us a very thorough understanding of who these characters are. It has me so excited to read more of this series. I can’t wait to dive into the next book!!
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    Doctor Anne Nichols moves back home to Oak Creek, Wyoming taking the position of ER doctor in the town’s hospital. Little did she expect to run into Zac Mackay not even two weeks of being home. Six years ago, Anne ran away from Zac and seeing him again brings back painful memories she wishes she could forget. Anne is the last person Zac ever expects to see again. But when he sees the fear in her eyes when she looks at him, he is determined to find out why. As they get reacquainted with one anoth Doctor Anne Nichols moves back home to Oak Creek, Wyoming taking the position of ER doctor in the town’s hospital. Little did she expect to run into Zac Mackay not even two weeks of being home. Six years ago, Anne ran away from Zac and seeing him again brings back painful memories she wishes she could forget. Anne is the last person Zac ever expects to see again. But when he sees the fear in her eyes when she looks at him, he is determined to find out why. As they get reacquainted with one another, Zac realizes he never stopped have feelings for Anne, but someone sinister has Anne in his sights, one who has the potential of taking Anne away from Zac permanently. Will Zac be able to save Anne in time or will she be lost to him forever?Romance will always be one of my favorite genres with romantic suspense being my favorite category. I do love a strong alpha hero. Throw in a military MC on top of that and OMG! I am in LOVE! I start seeing hearts in front of my eyes and our hero in this story, Zac Mackay, makes me melt big time. Zac along with his military buddies own Linear Tactics, one of the most well-respected training facilities in the country. Here they teach fighting tactics and weapons training to the public as well as other law enforcement agencies. Zac has a tragic past and for the past six years has never been serious with a woman. Sure he has dated here and there, but that is all he was capable of until Anne waltzes back into his life.Anne is the girl no one ever notices. In high school she was painfully shy and had a stutter. She is more comfortable staying in the background where she thinks she belongs. Anxiety rules her life and she is not comfortable being the center of attention. Anne is quite content that the people in Oak Creek don’t even remember who she is. She doesn’t want to relive the embarrassment of her time in Tampa nor her disastrous marriage and divorce. This all changes when Zac comes back into her life. People start to remember who she is and the gossip soon starts to spread around the hospital and in their community especially when she starts spending more time with Zac.Anne and Zac really take the time to get to know one another again. Zac is patient and kind and sees Anne as the beautiful woman she is. He knows he messed up in the past and he is determined to start over with Anne and to make up for what he did. He has never forgotten about her even after all of these years. Their romance is so sweet and so tender. Zac is really good for Anne’s confidence and he slowly helps her see her potential and show her that she is worthy of love, friends, and a life outside of work. I can see how Anne grows as a person finding the confidence within herself and the will to survive when a predator sets his sights on her.The romance takes center stage in this story with a mystery weaved throughout its pages that builds to an explosive ending I never saw coming. While I had my thoughts on who might behind these sinister acts, I was quite taken by the twist I never saw coming. What a brilliant form of trickery! I was completely taken by surprise and very happy with the way the mystery played out in the story. There is a character I immensely disliked, but they do redeem themselves in the end. Through the book I kept saying “Gah! I do not like this character and by the end I was like “Holy smokes maybe you deserve your own story now! You rock!” One thing I would like to add is about Zac’s military crew. OMG! What a bunch of stand up guys! They are all hot, mysterious, alpha hunks of….whoa! I think I may need a fan soon. It’s getting HOT in here! I am ecstatic that they will be getting their own stories next. I can’t wait! I need more of these guys like right this very second!Cyclone by Janie Crouch blends a heartfelt and emotional romance along with a thrilling mystery that captured my attention right from the first page. I could not put this book down and stayed up way late into the evening because I just had to finish it. Crouch gets your attention from the word go and does not let go until the very end. I can see why Crouch is a USA TODAY bestselling author. I am definitely looking forward to getting my greedy little hands on the next few books of this series. If you love romantic suspense with an alpha hero and a sweet heroine you will want to start right at the beginning with Zac and Anne’s story
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Reading ‘Cyclone’, or rather, getting into the first book of Linear Tactical, is strangely akin to seeing Janie Crouch freed of her writing restraints, and there’s no blunter way of putting it especially when it showcases the writing in fine form. ‘Cyclone’ is a full-length, more colourful, more explicit (hooray) story and simply a lot more compelling than the ‘tamer’ novellas Crouch has done for the Harlequin Intrigue/Suspense imprint in contrast, and begins with a huge misunderstanding and a p Reading ‘Cyclone’, or rather, getting into the first book of Linear Tactical, is strangely akin to seeing Janie Crouch freed of her writing restraints, and there’s no blunter way of putting it especially when it showcases the writing in fine form. ‘Cyclone’ is a full-length, more colourful, more explicit (hooray) story and simply a lot more compelling than the ‘tamer’ novellas Crouch has done for the Harlequin Intrigue/Suspense imprint in contrast, and begins with a huge misunderstanding and a painful event that neither of the main protagonists have quite gotten over. Justifiably skittish, broken and gun-shy, Anne Nichols’s return to her small hometown brings her back into contact with the man she’d never wanted to see again, though Zac Mackay isn’t even aware of what exactly had put the rift between them that Anne wouldn’t talk about. And that’s where the pieces slowly come together, as I sat in with spiteful glee and got on the grovelling journey Zac took in trying to make up for his abysmal misdeeds 6 years ago, more so because I found myself sympathising and identifying with Anne’s insecurities, her wariness and even her quiet bravery and the strength that are so easily looked over. That she's too forgiving made me a little outraged, even. The element of the forbidden isn’t as strong as I thought here—Anne being the good friend of Zac’s long-dead wife, even if they’d known each other for a long time—and that Anne had always loved him yet tamped it down always made it feel as though Zac had a long way to go before getting up to speed with her. Apart from feeling that Anne was a little short-changed for the longest time, colour me surprised when Zac was able to move forward rather easily with her, as I’d expected some kind of accounting for how he finally had eyes for Anne when he never quite did before. Still, ‘Cyclone’ is less angsty than I thought it would be, less drawn-out with the push-pull that happens between with a couple so weighed down by their pasts (this is not a NA novel after all), especially after the growing relationship between Anne/Zac is gradually overshadowed by the growing suspense plot that inevitably snares Anne in its trap. Nonetheless, if ‘Cyclone’ is the standard-setting benchmark for the rest of the books to come—I was impatient to get back to the book each time my attention was called away—, then wherever or however Crouch might take this entire series is something I’m really looking forward to. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I was on the fence on my rating. I was Between 3.5 and 4 stars...let me explain why...I’ll start with I love military romances. Cyclone was my first read from Ms. Crouch. Okay, here we go:I loved the characters: Annie, Zac and all the supporting characters. I could relate to Annie on a few levels. I was unsure about Zac and how he had treated Annie in the past and the present (he did redeem himself). The storyline was good, there were times that it seemed a little drawn out but then the pace wou I was on the fence on my rating. I was Between 3.5 and 4 stars...let me explain why...I’ll start with I love military romances. Cyclone was my first read from Ms. Crouch. Okay, here we go:I loved the characters: Annie, Zac and all the supporting characters. I could relate to Annie on a few levels. I was unsure about Zac and how he had treated Annie in the past and the present (he did redeem himself). The storyline was good, there were times that it seemed a little drawn out but then the pace would pick up and back on point. Saying that and my overall feelings for the characters, I decided on the 4 stars and I will say I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series as well.
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  • A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of military romances, especially those with elements of mystery and action, which Cyclone has. This book also has a feeling of brotherhood between the lead and secondary characters which I found enjoyable. Anne is shy and tries to be invisible much of the time. She is a competent ER doctor, but is anxious in social situations. Usually I prefer characters with a bit more sass, however, I enjoyed Anne's progression from meek and mild to a still reserved but stronger woman. The action an I am a fan of military romances, especially those with elements of mystery and action, which Cyclone has. This book also has a feeling of brotherhood between the lead and secondary characters which I found enjoyable. Anne is shy and tries to be invisible much of the time. She is a competent ER doctor, but is anxious in social situations. Usually I prefer characters with a bit more sass, however, I enjoyed Anne's progression from meek and mild to a still reserved but stronger woman. The action and mystery of this book held my attention more than the romance. I was eagerly awaiting the resolution of the dramatic conflict involving the crime committed against Anne. The romantic backstory didn't have me fully invested in the two leads. Don't get me wrong, I liked both Anne and Zac and wanted them to find their HEA, but there were some parts of the love story that didn't sit well with me. Zac's first wife, Becky plays a BIG part in their relationship as she was Zac's high school sweetheart and the love of his life, she was also Anne's childhood friend. Zac says he wants the Zac of now to get to know the Anne of now and not dwell in the past. I want to feel like these two are meant to be, but I can't seem to fully believe in their HEA. I just felt their love was tainted by the ghost of Becky, leaving Anne forever being a consolation prize. This story is well written and the pace is good, but personal preference has me rating this lower. I don't love third person narrative and I had issues with this second chance pair. I will read the other books in this series, as the writing is top notch and the Linear boys have endeared themselves to me.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific start to the new series, and one that had me hooked from the opening pages. The mix of sometimes heartbreaking emotion and pulse-pounding suspense had me glued to the pages well past my bedtime. I loved both Zac and Annie, who had realistic flaws and strengths, making them both easy to like and relate to. Zac, Annie, and Zac's late wife, Becky, had all been friends during high school. Zac married Becky, and never knew that Annie had a huge crush on him. Two weeks after Becky's death, bo Terrific start to the new series, and one that had me hooked from the opening pages. The mix of sometimes heartbreaking emotion and pulse-pounding suspense had me glued to the pages well past my bedtime. I loved both Zac and Annie, who had realistic flaws and strengths, making them both easy to like and relate to. Zac, Annie, and Zac's late wife, Becky, had all been friends during high school. Zac married Becky, and never knew that Annie had a huge crush on him. Two weeks after Becky's death, both of them drunk and grieving, Zac and Annie had sex, an event that Zac remembers very little of. Zac went back to the army, and Annie left town. Six years later, Zac and his buddies have created a successful business teaching survival and safety. Zac is haunted by the events of that night and his feelings that he betrayed Becky. Annie has recently returned to Oak Creek as the new ER doctor at the hospital. She never planned to come back, but a recent divorce has left her broke and broken.Zac and Annie's reunion came as a shock to both of them. Zac didn't know she was back until he ended up in her ER. In his shock, he wasn't particularly pleasant but didn't think he'd been bad enough to cause the fear he saw in her eyes. He has a sinking feeling it may go back to "that night," but he doesn't remember. I ached for Annie, whose memories are much more vivid. She's afraid of what he might say, not knowing that he doesn't recall what happened. The scene at the hospital was emotional, as both dealt with the influx of memories. Over the next few days, Annie and Zac encounter each other several times. Zac is haunted by the fear he sees in Annie's eyes and wants to know what caused it, while Annie doesn't want to remember or talk about it. Zac finds himself feeling very protective of Annie, which really surprises him. I loved the scene where he takes her to dinner after she treats the rape victim. I liked the way that they connected over their memories of Becky, and how it eased a little of the tension between them. I ached for Zac later that night, when the pieces of what had happened six years earlier finally came together. It was also quite satisfying to see how bad he felt about what he had done. His way of making amends was terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed how he got the others involved also. I loved seeing his respect and admiration for Annie as he learned more about what she'd been through.I loved watching them get to know each other as they are now. It was obvious that Zac was a goner over her. I loved his tenderness and his patience as he tried to control his attraction to her. Annie's insecurities made her blind to what was going on for the longest time. I had to laugh as Riley enumerated all the things that Zac had done for Annie. Seeing her finally believe was fantastic, as was watching her go after what she wanted. I loved the growing confidence in herself as a woman, and how Annie saw the various facets of her personality. When Annie gets into trouble, I liked the way that Zac gives her the support she needs to recover and also the tools to make her feel safe again. I liked how he feels so protective, but also knows her well enough that he doesn't smother her. The ending was sweet and romantic as they conquered their pasts and moved to a future together.The suspense of this story was a page-turner. It started slowly, with both Annie and Zac involved in dealing with a sexual assault case. The tension picked up with a second assault and the realization that they may be dealing with a serial rapist. I was intrigued by the methods used by the Linear Tactical guys and loved their determination to catch the guy. My heart was in my throat when Annie was attacked, and I felt like I was right there with her. I suspected that there would be more to deal with as the LT men discovered the circumstances surrounding the attack. I had a couple of ideas of who the bad guy was, leaning toward one of them, but there were still some doubts in my mind right to the very end. The final confrontation was incredible. The bad guy was truly frightening in his determination. I loved seeing Annie's inner warrior, so well prepared by Zac, and how she dealt with the danger and terror. The ending was fantastic with an unexpected twist making the perfect resolution.
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  • Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked Annie. She was reserved, smart and very resilient. As an ER physician she was trained to respond to stressful situations, but I think what helped her deal was her pitiful childhood. Her ability to bounce back from difficult situations showed her determination and strength in an admirable way. I also liked how she didn’t hesitate to decline a helping hand when she needed it most. Zac was a tough guy, but he didn’t swagger with attitude. He was respectful, aware of his strengths and I really liked Annie. She was reserved, smart and very resilient. As an ER physician she was trained to respond to stressful situations, but I think what helped her deal was her pitiful childhood. Her ability to bounce back from difficult situations showed her determination and strength in an admirable way. I also liked how she didn’t hesitate to decline a helping hand when she needed it most. Zac was a tough guy, but he didn’t swagger with attitude. He was respectful, aware of his strengths and weaknesses, and not afraid to admit what he was feeling. Actually, he was kind of a sweet marshmallow:) Zac and his military friend’s business was teaching civilians and law enforcement the skills they learned from their military careers, which comes in handy when Annie finds herself in trouble. Rather than cage Annie in, Zac gave her the tools to better herself.Zac and Annie had a good relationship before an awkward and uncomfortable event occurred. I liked how he didn’t hesitate to make amends with Annie once he realized what he had done. It was obvious he genuinely wanted to make things right and not because it was the correct thing to do, but because he also liked her. I’m not excusing his actions since they were terribly mean, but Zac’s actions went a long way towards rectifying the situation and making me like their romance all the more. It was sweet yet hot, without being in your face and the issues weren’t drawn out, but settled like reasonable adults. Overall, this was a good RS read! Janie Crouch writes great romances and friendships, but her villains! Oy, I rarely get them right because she keeps me guessing and I love that! I’m also looking forward to the rest of the hotties at Linear Tactical getting their own stories!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first read of this author as well as the first book in the series. Linear Tactical is a group of ex-military men who provide tactical and self defense classes to a variety of clients. The story is a second chance look at Zac and Anne. Six years have passed since they last saw each other and both of them start out wary of the other because of their shared past. There is an underlying current of a serial rapist in the region that adds a bit of suspense to the story. Anne has always been This is my first read of this author as well as the first book in the series. Linear Tactical is a group of ex-military men who provide tactical and self defense classes to a variety of clients. The story is a second chance look at Zac and Anne. Six years have passed since they last saw each other and both of them start out wary of the other because of their shared past. There is an underlying current of a serial rapist in the region that adds a bit of suspense to the story. Anne has always been that quirky, geeky girl but was friends with Zac at one time. Anne comes back to town as a physician working in the ER and Zac for once decides to take a second look. It's a slow burn to get trust laid out again between these two. Meanwhile, we meet the rest of the Tactical team. Hopefully they get a chance at an HEA as well. Not a bad read, just a lot going on. Some really romantic moments that will make you swoon. Looking forward to more in the series. *Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
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  • A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was on the fence on my rating. I was Between 3.5 and 4 stars...let me explain why...I’ll start with I love military romances. Cyclone was my first read from Ms. Crouch. Okay, here we go:I loved the characters: Annie, Zac and all the supporting characters. I could relate to Annie on a few levels. I was unsure about Zac and how he had treated Annie in the past and the present (he did redeem himself). The storyline was good, there were times that it seemed a little drawn out but then the pace wou I was on the fence on my rating. I was Between 3.5 and 4 stars...let me explain why...I’ll start with I love military romances. Cyclone was my first read from Ms. Crouch. Okay, here we go:I loved the characters: Annie, Zac and all the supporting characters. I could relate to Annie on a few levels. I was unsure about Zac and how he had treated Annie in the past and the present (he did redeem himself). The storyline was good, there were times that it seemed a little drawn out but then the pace would pick up and back on point. Saying that and my overall feelings for the characters, I decided on the 4 stars and I will say I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series as well. Reviewed by: Dana D.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not even gonna lie, Cyclone had tears slowly streaming down my face the entire time I read! My heart hurt for Anne in a way words can't express. She had a terrible childhood which bled into a terrible adulthood. Her life was a blend of bullies and bad luck. And to know that Zac was one of those hurtful people was just too much.Zac was married to Anne's best (and only) friend, Becky. Becky died in a car accident while Zac was overseas in the military. After high school, Anne went to college, I'm not even gonna lie, Cyclone had tears slowly streaming down my face the entire time I read! My heart hurt for Anne in a way words can't express. She had a terrible childhood which bled into a terrible adulthood. Her life was a blend of bullies and bad luck. And to know that Zac was one of those hurtful people was just too much.Zac was married to Anne's best (and only) friend, Becky. Becky died in a car accident while Zac was overseas in the military. After high school, Anne went to college, then medical school, but had always stayed close to Becky. After a night that Zac doesn't even remember, Anne left Wyoming for parts unknown. Now they are both back in their small Wyoming hometown and not much has changed for Anne-most people don't remember her and those that do are not nice about it. But, Anne has nowhere to go. She is divorced and totally broke. She is already about as down as someone can get, yet these people just keep kicking her! I'm not kidding when I say I just wept the whole time because Anne just had the worst life!I struggled with Zac a great deal. First, I am not really a big fan of the widower trope because the new lady is always competing with a ghost. But, when that new lady is really the wife's best friend, its even more difficult for me to buy into. Zac also didn't handle things well and he hurt Anne. When I say he hurt her, it would have been LESS painful if he physically hurt her. What he did was more painful than any physical beating. Personally, I could never get over what happened between them and just never fully invested in Zac as a hero.You need to read Cyclone for Anne. I'm not a person who likes to read books with all the feels, but this book reminds me why books with the feels are so powerful. Cyclone tore me up emotionally and created a character in Anne I will not forget anytime soon. I can't remember wanting a happy ending for a character more than I wanted it for Anne. Read Cyclone with tissues because it made my non-feels catching heart hurt like I couldn't believe! I'm excited for what Crouch has in store for the rest of the Linear Tactical family!  POV: 3rd Tears: yes....so many Trope: widower, small town Triggers: (view spoiler)[There is a serial rapist attacking women in the town (hide spoiler)] Series/Standalone: stand alone Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)]authors like Kaylea Cross, Susan Stoker, Katie Reus...then you will probably like Cyclone!  Cyclone  See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Kathryn Linke
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars I love a romantic suspense, so I was immediately drawn to Cyclone is the first title in the Linear Tactical series. Although Janie Crouch has written quite a few titles, this was my first time reading her work and I wasn’t disappointed. Anne Nichols is in her element in the ER, where’s she strong, capable, and intelligent. But put her in a social setting an she is lost. Due to events of the past she’s quite insecure and vulnerable. When her past renters her life she proves just how deter 4 Stars I love a romantic suspense, so I was immediately drawn to Cyclone is the first title in the Linear Tactical series. Although Janie Crouch has written quite a few titles, this was my first time reading her work and I wasn’t disappointed. Anne Nichols is in her element in the ER, where’s she strong, capable, and intelligent. But put her in a social setting an she is lost. Due to events of the past she’s quite insecure and vulnerable. When her past renters her life she proves just how determined and resilient she can be. Zac Mackay is a former special forces and upon leaving the military started a company with his former comrades training law enforcement and citizens in self-defence, situational awareness, security, protection, and kidnapping and ransom retrieval. He’s a strong, confident, brooding and protective alpha. Zac and Annie have a complicated history, they were friends before a tragedy struck their close knit group. Events occurred that left them both reeling and a tad broken, and bitter. The side characters in this title captivated my interest and I cannot wait for more of the Linear Tactical series. I loved the brotherhood that the comrades of Linear Tactical share. This title is full of emotion and suspense, with twists and turns aplenty and the identity of a certain character kept me guessing right up to the end. For additional reviews visit Ebook Indulgence or follow me on BookBub
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Although the suspense, pacing, characters and writing were really well done, my low rating was for the second chance romance between the two MCs of the story. I just wasn’t able to ever really buy into their love story. It had too many of my pet peeves and the type of trope used is my least favorite which made it hard for me to warm up to the romance. Sorry for the rant-y review (-_-)Why this didn’t work for me: (view spoiler)[1) Unrequited Love - Anne was in love with Zac since high school and Although the suspense, pacing, characters and writing were really well done, my low rating was for the second chance romance between the two MCs of the story. I just wasn’t able to ever really buy into their love story. It had too many of my pet peeves and the type of trope used is my least favorite which made it hard for me to warm up to the romance. Sorry for the rant-y review (-_-)Why this didn’t work for me: (view spoiler)[1) Unrequited Love - Anne was in love with Zac since high school and he never even noticed her. He is it for her and she has to watch him be happy and in love with someone else for years!2) Ghost of 1st wife, Becky - while Anne was pining away for him, Zac dated and later married the love of his life, Becky. Had a two year old son together and would have lived HEA if not for their untimely death 6 years ago.3) Double-dipping - Zac's dead wife was also Anne's best friend (they were like sisters). She knew that Anne was in love with Zac and was somehow okay with it?"I wish I didn't love Zac so much, so I could give him to you."This quote has pretty much stuck in my mind since reading it and I still feel angry about it. Who says something like that? It seemed cruel and insensitive to her supposed best friend. And conceited on Becky's part. You can't gift another person to someone, that’s not love.4) Not nearly enough groveling - the reason Anne left town was because of how Zac treated her the one night they spent together. At first Zac doesn't remember but his memory eventually comes back and he feels remorse and shame over his actions but IMO the groveling was nowhere near enough to get back into her good graces. Anne should have made him work harder for a second chance with her and I felt like she caved too easily. 5) Granting blessing beyond the grave - At every turn in their relationship, Zac always brought up the fact that Becky would be happy and approve of them finally being together. That sounded wrong to me. According to everything we know, if Becky was still alive, Anne would go back to being Becky’s shy socially awkward invisible friend and Zac never would have given her a second look. And in Becky’s own words, she couldn’t let Zac go, not even for Anne.6) Anne’s second best status - I didn't appreciate feeling like Anne should be forever grateful for her best friend's left overs untimely death and her approval/permission for Anne to be with Zac. The fact that she will always be 2nd best (2nd love, 2nd wife, 2nd mother of his child(ren)) rubbed me the wrong way. She was even his 2nd virgin for crying out loud! It felt like all of Anne’s firsts were overshadowed at every turn by memories of Becky. (hide spoiler)]And that sums it up for me. Based on other reviews, this one was a case of me and not the book. Personal preference and all that jazz. Although this was a miss, I can see myself giving this author another try, the side characters, especially Dorian, Charlotte and Finn have definitely piqued my interest.* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Both MCs are in their early 30s. Cheating : No. Although at first Zac swears he only loved Becky, later he mentions he was always attracted to/drawn to Anne. So in a way there was some emotional cheating there.OM/OW drama :Besides the ghost of the Becky, there is OW that Zac has previously dated that is catty towards Anne. She does a complete turn around later in the story.Separation : They haven’t seen or heard from each other in 6 years. Neither was celibate during the separation. Zac has been with OW as recent as days from reuniting with Anne (ONS) and Anne was previously married and now divorced since last seeing Zac.Push/Pull : Not enough, for all the drama and past hurt, this needed more closure. Main Pursuer of relationship : Zac.Possible Triggers : Rape (off page, no details), attempted rape (twice, on page with some details) and some violence.HEA/HFN :Ends on a HFN ending in an epilogue two weeks later. No marriage proposal. It’s just teased about vaguely with “I love you’s” exchanged. (hide spoiler)]
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  • April Symes
    January 1, 1970
    Book 1 of Linear Tactical Series was this fast paced, sizzling, intense and fabulous read. Ms. Crouch put together an intriguing romantic mystery with a passionate romantic suspense and the perfect blend of action/ adventure which gives this story just the right amount of it all. We learn that the main characters Zac and Anne had been friends because of Zac's late wife, Becky. They had all been friends during high school. Zac married Becky, and never knew that Anne had this huge crush which grew Book 1 of Linear Tactical Series was this fast paced, sizzling, intense and fabulous read. Ms. Crouch put together an intriguing romantic mystery with a passionate romantic suspense and the perfect blend of action/ adventure which gives this story just the right amount of it all. We learn that the main characters Zac and Anne had been friends because of Zac's late wife, Becky. They had all been friends during high school. Zac married Becky, and never knew that Anne had this huge crush which grew to this deep love for him. Two weeks after Becky's death, both of them ended up drunk together and grieving Becky's loss , Zac and Anne had sex, this event that Zac has very little remembrance of. Zac went back to the army, and Anne left town quite literally after. Six years later, Zac and his buddies have a very successful business teaching survival and safety. Yet Zac is haunted by the events of that night and feelings that he betrayed Becky.Now Anne has just returned to Oak Creek as the new ER doctor at hospital. She never wanted or planned to come back, but after her recent divorce left her literally broke and broken, she was left with no other choice but to come home.Anne is the very last person Zac ever expects or wants to see again. But when he sees fear in Anne's eyes when her eyes gaze at him, he is determined to find out the reason why. As Zach and Anne reconnect with each other, Zac realizes he never stopped having feelings for Anne, but while they are reconnecting, someone dark and evil has Anne in his crosshairs, one who has the capacity of taking Anne away from Zac forever. Can Zac save Anne in time or will she be forevermore lost to him ?The romance really is front and center in this read with a mystery/ suspense that is weaved through the pages that builds to such an emotionally complex and fiery end that I didn't see coming. The emotions in this book are very complex and tissues will be needed at times. I felt as if i was right in this book, with the characters, experiencing everything the main characters were feeling. I cannot wait for the next book in this new series.My rating: 4.8 stars *****
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  • Lynn Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 STARS!Explosive chemistry! A riveting new series from Janie Crouch takes us for a delectable ride with a team of former Green Beret's now that they're settled back into civilian life. A great groundwork was laid of the history these guys have shared, so we have a story from each of them to look forward to. I was quickly drawn into Anne and Zac's story and swept into hoping for a happy ending for them. The intrigue of the danger surrounding her could have been slightly stronger, but overall 4 1/2 STARS!Explosive chemistry! A riveting new series from Janie Crouch takes us for a delectable ride with a team of former Green Beret's now that they're settled back into civilian life. A great groundwork was laid of the history these guys have shared, so we have a story from each of them to look forward to. I was quickly drawn into Anne and Zac's story and swept into hoping for a happy ending for them. The intrigue of the danger surrounding her could have been slightly stronger, but overall I really enjoyed the kick off to this new series and am looking forward to the next book!Doctor Anne Griffin never imagined herself heading back home to Oak Creek, Wyoming, but life has a way of chewing her up and spitting her out when she least expects it, so here she finds herself with no other option. She left this town a broken, shy and stuttering young lady and she's returning more sure of herself but hesitant of what type of welcome she will receive ... especially from the man she ran from in the first place!Zac Mackay's years in the Special Forces taught him skills he has enjoyed putting to use in forming a survival skills and security company, Linear Tactical, with a bunch of his buddies. When a little accident lands him in the ER, he's surprised to see Anne, but more importantly the fear in her eyes confuses him! He knows a little of what happened between them all those years ago, but honestly a good bit of that night is a blur, so what in the world is making her look like she's afraid ... of him?? He sets out to get to the bottom of that, but is waylaid a bit when danger rears it's ugly head with Anne's name written all over it!
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  • Becky Baldridge
    January 1, 1970
    Cyclone is gritty, a touch dark, and dramatic, but that drama is tempered with wonderful characters and a second chance at romance. The Linear Tactical team is more than a group of friends, they're the best kind of family, and their easy camaraderie adds an extra layer to this tale of romance and suspense. Anne and Zac have a past, part of it bound by Zac's late wife and Anne's best friend and part by what happened right after her passing. As these two figure out exactly what they have together Cyclone is gritty, a touch dark, and dramatic, but that drama is tempered with wonderful characters and a second chance at romance. The Linear Tactical team is more than a group of friends, they're the best kind of family, and their easy camaraderie adds an extra layer to this tale of romance and suspense. Anne and Zac have a past, part of it bound by Zac's late wife and Anne's best friend and part by what happened right after her passing. As these two figure out exactly what they have together and where they go from here, we also have danger and suspense in the form of a serial rapist lurking nearby with Anne in his sights. I did hazard a guess about the rapist's identity, but I have to admit, the author got me on this one. I didn't have a clue. The story moves at a good pace and I was impressed with the way it was done. Both the romantic and suspense angles are given their due and run concurrently without one overshadowing the other. Zac and Anne have good chemistry and I loved Zac's patience with her as he slowly brings her out of her shell. All in all, Cyclone is a great start to what promises to be an exciting series.
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  • Mona
    January 1, 1970
    Cyclone Book 1 in the Linear Series-This book is about love, loss, second chances, courage and so much more. Zac could not believe he’d ever see Annie again. Now running into her in the ER waiting for her to check him out was just his luck. Well maybe not. When he saw something in Annie’s eyes unease, or fear. They had a history. He, and his wife Becky were good friends. He hasn’t seen her for six years. He also made a poor judgment one night with her after his wife was killed. He didn’t remembe Cyclone Book 1 in the Linear Series-This book is about love, loss, second chances, courage and so much more. Zac could not believe he’d ever see Annie again. Now running into her in the ER waiting for her to check him out was just his luck. Well maybe not. When he saw something in Annie’s eyes unease, or fear. They had a history. He, and his wife Becky were good friends. He hasn’t seen her for six years. He also made a poor judgment one night with her after his wife was killed. He didn’t remember much of that night, but when he finally did well he was so ashamed with himself. He understood why Annie didn’t want to be around him. But something did draw them together. But something in there small town had them working and helping the sheriff. Annie came home to Oak Creek, Wyoming to be the new ER Doctor. Seeing Zac Mackay in her ER was not what she expected. Sure she expected to see him eventually it was a Small town after all. See what happens between them.
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  • djc-
    January 1, 1970
    Zac left special forces and started a protection company with some of his Army buddies. Anne is an ER doctor who comes back to her home town. They have a real complicated history and have to work really hard to overcome their issues. I loved how Zac knew he wanted to be with Anne and would not let her turn him away. This is a page turner that you just can't stop reading; it is that good. The story has suspense, action, romance and when you add in the psychopath who is hurting women you get the m Zac left special forces and started a protection company with some of his Army buddies. Anne is an ER doctor who comes back to her home town. They have a real complicated history and have to work really hard to overcome their issues. I loved how Zac knew he wanted to be with Anne and would not let her turn him away. This is a page turner that you just can't stop reading; it is that good. The story has suspense, action, romance and when you add in the psychopath who is hurting women you get the mystery of trying to figure out who it is. And the ending was absolutely great just Wow!This is a great start to the new series and I can't wait to read the stories of the other Linear Tactical members. I received a copy and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion.
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  • Sharon Caldwell
    January 1, 1970
    Janie Crouch has another winner, she knows how to get everyones attention with her writing. I actually thought I had figured out who the bad guy was till it was finally revealed. It was a complete surprise. Zac and Annie are perfect together. I actually choked up towards the end but was able to finish the book without crying. I couldn't put it down.I read the book in 4 hours only stopping to get bathroom breaks. I can't wait to read the other Linear Tactical books.
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  • Shannon Stuckey
    January 1, 1970
    Sizzling hot 🔥Cyclone was an amazing first book in Janie Crouch's new Linear Tactical series. Zac and Anne had me hooked from page one and I could not put it down. I can not wait for more in this amazing series.
  • Spunky N Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~This book was a great read. I would definitely recommend it to other readers.
  • Marci Mathers
    January 1, 1970
    They had one drunken night together six years ago. A night he can't remember. A night she can't forget. A night that nearly destroyed her and compelled her to flee the state. But she's back. Shy, quiet, invisible Anne has returned as the town's new ER doctor. And no one remembers her. Except for Zac. If he could only remember what he did to put the fear in her beautiful brown eyes. What did he do? And how can he atone?In the first book of a new series, Janie Crouch pulls out all the stops. This They had one drunken night together six years ago. A night he can't remember. A night she can't forget. A night that nearly destroyed her and compelled her to flee the state. But she's back. Shy, quiet, invisible Anne has returned as the town's new ER doctor. And no one remembers her. Except for Zac. If he could only remember what he did to put the fear in her beautiful brown eyes. What did he do? And how can he atone?In the first book of a new series, Janie Crouch pulls out all the stops. This book has heat, heart, and a satisfying Happily Ever After. Thank you, Janie, for writing a book where the shy, mousy bookworm gets the hot guy.
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 25, 2018 He’d protect her from any threat… But what if the biggest threat is him?Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place. Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they ne 3.75 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 25, 2018 He’d protect her from any threat… But what if the biggest threat is him?Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place. Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him? Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place. But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skillswill become much more than lessons••••••••REVIEW: 3.75 stars--CYCLONE is the first instalment in Janie Crouch’s contemporary, adult LINEAR TACTICAL romantic, suspense series focusing on a group of former Special Forces soldiers who own and operate Linear Tactical, an Oak Creek, Wyoming business focusing on survival skills, security and protection. This is Special Forces Green Beret / widower Zac ‘Cyclone’ MacKay, and ER physician Anne Nichols Griffin’s story line.Told from dual third person perspectives (Anne and Zac) CYCLONE follows the building relationship between Special Forces soldier / widower Zac ‘Cyclone’ MacKay, and ER physician Anne Nichols Griffin. Six years earlier Anne Nichols’ life imploded when her best friend, and Zac’s wife Becky, along with their young son Micah, was killed in an accident that left Zac a shell of his former self. On the eve of his last deployment, a few days following the death of his beloved wife, Zac destroyed Anne’s already fragile ego, a destruction he doesn’t remember yet is unlikely to forget. Fast forward to present day wherein Anne, now divorced, has returned to her hometown of Oak Creek, Wyoming, to take up a position at the local hospital, a position that places her in direct confrontation with the people from her past. Enter Zac MacKay, and the man with whom Anne Nichols was once in love. What ensues is the rebuilding friendship and relationship between Anne and Zac, and the potential fall-out as a serial rapist descends upon the small-town of Oak Creek, Wyoming targeting our heroine in the process.Anne Nichols Griffin is unable to forget the destructive nature of Zac MacKay’s anger and pain. Having loved Zac from afar, shy and withdrawn Anne Nichols would be the recipient of his hate spewed vitriol meant to hurt and destroy. An unwilling target but a target none the less, Anne bore the brunt of Zac’s grief and temper forcing our heroine to run, and never look back. Zac MacKay doesn’t remember the night he destroyed Anne’s life; a drunken night full of hatred that pushed away the woman with whom he would fall in love. The relationship between Zac and Anne is one of second chances, of a sort. A past mired in loss, pain, heart break and anger, Zac and Anne’s rekindling friendship struggles with Anne’s memories and Zac’s lack thereof. Anne refuses to reveal the truth about what happened, it is only when Zac faces a witness to his adolescent and destructive behavior does our hero truly understand the exact nature of Anne’s reluctance to accept Zac’s friendship at face value. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters including a few of Zac’s fellow Special Forces soldiers and business partners: Finn Bollinger, Aiden, Dorian Lindstrom, Finn’s son Ethan, Finn’s sister and local waitress Waverly ‘Wavy’ Bollinger, Sheriffs Curtis Nelson and Landon Rogers, ER nurses Riley Wilde and Mia Stevenson; locals Frank Jenkins, Mayor Barbara Dimont, diner cook Trey, and Frank’s buddy Shawn. Finn’s story line is next in EAGLE.The world building focuses on the rekindling relationship between Zac and Anne, the search for a rapist, as well as the introduction of the Linear Tactical Team who must do battle to protect one of their own. The small-town of Oak Creek, Wyoming has their fair share of gossips and wannabe’s whose presence drives a good portion of the story line premise.CYCLONE is a story of family, friendship, forgiveness and unrequited love. The premise is engaging and spirited; the characters are broken, flawed but energetic; the romance is emotional and sensual. CYCLONE is a slow building story of drama and suspense, and the fated reunion between friendship and love.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Suey_Library
    January 1, 1970
    ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***When it is time to take a break from my preferred Paranormal Romance or RomCom porn as I like to refer to it as, I have a tendency to find myself in the suspenseful romance. I love finding new authors to gush over in every type of sub-genre in romance and suspense is definitely not one to be left out! I always enjoy the climatic drama between characters plus the romance is alw ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***When it is time to take a break from my preferred Paranormal Romance or RomCom porn as I like to refer to it as, I have a tendency to find myself in the suspenseful romance. I love finding new authors to gush over in every type of sub-genre in romance and suspense is definitely not one to be left out! I always enjoy the climatic drama between characters plus the romance is always intense to say the least!So here we are, discovering a new author to add to the mix of my ever growing list of must follow authors! One thing I always notice in suspenseful romances is the need to have an alpha-male lead plus the damsel in distress fictional female; not always do I find myself enjoying the female leads when they have this type of characteristic and unfortunately this is one example where the female character irked me. From the moment Anne is introduced she strikes me as this weak, naive, almost inferior character, one that I personally just had a rough time connecting with. I didn't like her meek exterior or her inability to stick up for herself - she was solely strengthen by the presence of Zac. Oh my though, Zac - delicious. Zac was the only reason I kept it going (that and the angsty drama feels that kept my heart racing). I honestly enjoyed his character more, maybe that is because I like a strong-willed, rough around the edges alpha-male, they always tend to have a little more multi-layer realistic personality. I just enjoyed how he was, who he was and how he tired to better himself. Definitely not what I was expecting.And though I did not like Anne's character for majority of it all, I can at least say that when she was in a dynamic with Zac I was interested. I liked how they have a connection or rather pull towards one another. It was delicious. Sadly though there was something missing factors I would have like to have seen more of - for starters I really thought there would have been more of a forbidden romance dynamic that played out more strongly. Being the new love interest in your "since dead best friends' husband" life seemed like it should have had a little more omph, more build up, more push and pull on the emotional tugs for the characters. Plus I would have liked to have seen more history of Anne and Zac. But that drama! Oh my lanta that drama! It was super fun development that occurred between the main characters and the secondary characters. Definitely made everything a lot more enthralling for my imagination as I read through! I am honestly really looking forward to see the possibilities of these other characters within this series...Overall, I really did enjoy a lot about Cyclone. Though I did not care for certain aspects of the main characters (namely Anne), it was the drama and romance that really made the book entertaining. I definitely plan on continuing the series, I am interested to see where Janie takes these characters! 
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good military/bodyguard type romance! I was so excited to get to read this book. Strong alpha men are a super fun read and escape for me. This book is the first in a a new series by Janie Crouch, and this is the first time I'm reading anything by Ms. Crouch.We get to see Zac and Anne meet up after a long time apart, and have a chance to explore a romantic relationship. They'd been friends in high school and college, but a situation changed the course of their lives. Now they're back in I love a good military/bodyguard type romance! I was so excited to get to read this book. Strong alpha men are a super fun read and escape for me. This book is the first in a a new series by Janie Crouch, and this is the first time I'm reading anything by Ms. Crouch.We get to see Zac and Anne meet up after a long time apart, and have a chance to explore a romantic relationship. They'd been friends in high school and college, but a situation changed the course of their lives. Now they're back in the same town and have to figure out how to interact and right old wrongs. It was a blast to read, not a standard girl falls for sexy ex-military man. Anne faces some hurdles coming back to her hometown. She'd done some growing up out of state, but those who knew her in high school don't know of her changes and try to pigeonhole her. And she lets herself fall back into old routines. I was rooting for her to step up and take charge of her actions and attitudes and make positive changes. Zac is a man with a plan, but he's got some mistakes and holes in his past that are wreaking havoc on his current desires. He knew Anne before, she was his wife's best friend, and he wants to see her be the amazing and strong woman she is, but something he did in the past is killing their chances.Oh, poor Anne. She was stuck in the friend zone for so long, with her high school crush as her best friend's man. Even as a high school kid Zac had the looks and attitude to get the girls to fall for him. His years of service didn't diminish that. And he finally sees Anne for the sexy woman so they hit it off, despite Anne's social missteps. Zac's good looks and sexy talk draw her in and keep things hot! But Anne makes him work for it, and it all works so well for the book and plot.I got drawn into this book so quickly! There were subtle mysteries that you needed to keep reading to solve and there was no putting the book down once I started! I loved the way the author showed us all the pertinent backstory, but not in a standard prelude or even memory setting, they were woven into the storyline in an utterly natural and fascinating way.Another thing I loved was the delightful way the secondary characters were woven into the story. I can't wait to read following books and delve deeper into the lives of this new book family I've gained. If you love romance with a heaping side of mystery, crime, and drama...you'll love this book!Favorite Quotes:“Her bra was itchy, her skirt too short, and it felt like everyone in the entire town was staring while they danced. Anne ignored it all-the staring was actually easier to ignore than the lacy red bra Wavy and Riley had sworn was necessary.”“I hope you'll give me a chance to show you the all good.”Star Ratings:Plot = 5/5 Characters = 5/5 Heat = 5/5 Writing Style = 5/5 Overall Rating = 5/5**Reviewed for Seraphim Book Reviews**
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  • Books and Spoons
    January 1, 1970
    Cyclone is the book one in a new intense indie published series from Janie Crouch that will highlight the brotherhood of men in military service and demonstrate the devastation and exhilaration of finding your soulmate and completely submerge yourself in loving adoration of that one person. The painful and awkward history between Anne Nichols and Zac Mackay, especially that one night after Zac's wife, Anne's best friend, died, had a drastic influence on both of their lives. The wounds in Anne's Cyclone is the book one in a new intense indie published series from Janie Crouch that will highlight the brotherhood of men in military service and demonstrate the devastation and exhilaration of finding your soulmate and completely submerge yourself in loving adoration of that one person. The painful and awkward history between Anne Nichols and Zac Mackay, especially that one night after Zac's wife, Anne's best friend, died, had a drastic influence on both of their lives. The wounds in Anne's heart and soul are deep, and to face Zac again is devastating. I liked Anne, throughout the story, through some fierce battles both emotional and physical, she finds her inner strength and the warrior woman inside her. The shyness and stammering have always made her seek the shadows in social settings, but her precise professionalism as a doctor gives her self-confidence and nearly another persona that she can put on to face the challenges of her demanding career.Zac loved deeply and lost everything at a young age when a car accident took away his wife and young son. Over the years he has dealt with the pain, he has faced the demons of sorrow and accepted that part of him will always miss them. But what he did to Anne during the most painful moments of his life, is something he has to deal with now that the memories of that night are surfaced again. The romance between Anne and Zac pulls the heartstrings, it is passionate, the ardent love scenes engulfing the mind and heart of the readers. Anne has a big, loving, forgiving heart, and I can only admire her for it. Zac has used to get away with his charm, but now he really has to put the effort into the game to convince Anne he is serious about building a relationship with her. The suspenseful elements come into the front and center of the story at the third part of the tale. There are severe, brutal violence against a woman, detailed sexual assaults during an attempted rape that can be a trigger to some. The emotional depth of the aftermath of the first attack brought tears to my eyes, the raw pain and fear are tangible as is the fragility of life. With this fervent second chance romance, a story that is well written and has wonderful natural flow in the tense scenes and situations of the story, the author introduces an intriguing and charming cast of characters, whets the appetite for more to come in the future books, and I for one, can't wait to see where Ms. Crouch will take the series. A gripping, exciting, alluring, and compelling story that entertained, a great start for a new series~ Four Spoons
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  • Kathy Rouchelle
    January 1, 1970
    What a start to what promises to be one fantastic series! Zac and Annie's story begins with a very rocky and painful start. After losing his family 6 years prior and throwing Annie out of his room and telling her to leave and never come back after a drunken night and taking something from her that he would have no memory of the next day, they are back face to face. This time Zac is a patient in the ER and Annie is the doctor that is tending to him. No one knew who she was as her last name had ch What a start to what promises to be one fantastic series! Zac and Annie's story begins with a very rocky and painful start. After losing his family 6 years prior and throwing Annie out of his room and telling her to leave and never come back after a drunken night and taking something from her that he would have no memory of the next day, they are back face to face. This time Zac is a patient in the ER and Annie is the doctor that is tending to him. No one knew who she was as her last name had changed, and in the past Annie was always unnoticeable, always shy and shying away from crowds. But stepping into that ER room, after clearing the nurses who gathered to be in the same room with the hot Linear Tactical team, she is face to face with the man who she had quietly loved for years, the one her best friend had married and had a child with, the one they both lost years ago, the one who broke her like no other man had ever done, not even her ex-husband. Zac sees her and notices the fear in her eyes. Not just fear of this situation because she turns on the professional side of herself and handles herself well, but it is the fear of him that he sees and is confused. What was that all about? But Zac has always thought about Annie, even imagined being with her in his mind. Now she was here, but he needed to know what made her fear him? As they begin their friendship, Annie tells him that the past was the past, but he isn't comfortable with that because he truly cannot remember what happened that night after a certain point. But that will have to be put on hold until the current event of a couple of rapes have been solved. Danger is lurking and he wants to make sure that Annie is safe, but he also wants to get to know her more, to be with her, to find out once again what happened. And, that is all you get! I'm not going to say anything else about this story because you need to open the mysteries yourself. The characters are so very well written and so likable that you will want to move to their small town yourself, just to know these people. There are so many supporting characters that you will attach yourself to, besides the team themselves, there's Wavy, Riley, the Mayor..a trip herself, and the woman you will hate the most until you don't, Mia and many others. But it is Zac and Annie who will steal the show in this book because when they get together, the heat will definitely rise from the pages. A wonderful beginning to this series, that will give you a glimpse into the personalities of the rest of the team while giving you the lead character's story. Do not miss this one! I highly recommend this book!
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  • Harlie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    A few things. One, I love a good romantic suspense. I’m a Harlequin Intrigue Whore. Yes, I admit it. I think I’ve read just about all the books in the line from BJ Daniels and Julie Miller. I will admit that I’m new to Ms. Crouch and her writing. I know, considering that I worship at the altar of Harlequin Intrigue, I’m having to backtrack and read her backlist. So the chance to read a new series from her, I jumped at the chance. Why can’t ALL the books be out NOW? Like seriously. Do I have to w A few things. One, I love a good romantic suspense. I’m a Harlequin Intrigue Whore. Yes, I admit it. I think I’ve read just about all the books in the line from BJ Daniels and Julie Miller. I will admit that I’m new to Ms. Crouch and her writing. I know, considering that I worship at the altar of Harlequin Intrigue, I’m having to backtrack and read her backlist. So the chance to read a new series from her, I jumped at the chance. Why can’t ALL the books be out NOW? Like seriously. Do I have to wait until the end of October for Finn’s book? I cry BS. *pouting* And yes, I’m going to throw a small temper tantrum and normally, I don’t do that, like ever. But this series has introduced me to some extraordinary men and a town full of characters that I instantly fell in love with.Zac is such a sweetheart. Truly he is. I know that the above excerpt doesn’t like you know that but I felt his pain all those years from the death of his wife and son. I won’t go into the why of that but it plays a huge part in the romance between Zac and Anne. This is an excellent second chance at love blended with just the right amount of suspense. Ms. Crouch has just a deft hand when it comes to the suspense element. She knows her stuff and how much a reader wants. In fact, in some respects, the suspense element takes a back seat to the romance in this one.I really want to talk about Anne and Zac when they were teenagers but that would totally spoil the book for you. But let me just tell you that I really think these two were destined for each other even back then; they just didn’t know it. That is what makes this such a great second romance. After reading the excerpt, I’m sure that you are completely confused but let me tell you it just gets better once hear the whole story. It is heartbreaking to say the least. At least, Zac realizes the mistake and tries to make it up to her.What endeared me to these characters are that Zac and Anne no matter happened that night 6 years ago, they were grown up about it and moved on from it. They lived in the now, not the past. And also, the guys, Adien, Finn, and Dorian are just plain fantastic. And Riley, Wally, and even Mia. Again, this town and all the characters are just plain awesome! This is six book series and I can’t wait to read about the other guys. I just don’t like to wait. And with this series, I could binge read this in a weekend. And I will when all of the books finally come out.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I knew going in that this story was going to make me go through all the feels! The heroine, Anne had endured so much heartbreak in the past I was not sure how much more she could take. After six years, she was back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, divorced, broke, and just plain tired. Since she had nowhere to go it was a blessing when her late best friend’s mother left her a home in her will. She also had a fulfilling job lined up for her. Only two weeks in town, she is face to face with Zac, the person I knew going in that this story was going to make me go through all the feels! The heroine, Anne had endured so much heartbreak in the past I was not sure how much more she could take. After six years, she was back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, divorced, broke, and just plain tired. Since she had nowhere to go it was a blessing when her late best friend’s mother left her a home in her will. She also had a fulfilling job lined up for her. Only two weeks in town, she is face to face with Zac, the person who basically ran her out of town. Years ago after her best friend’s funeral, after a night of drinking, Anne and Zac end up having sex. That night nearly destroyed her, the reaction from Zac was so heartbreaking, Anne had to leave the only place she knew and start over elsewhere. When the two meet again, Zac does not react well and Anne is reminded of all that occurred six years prior. Zac does not fully remember exactly what happened but he was horrified of what he might have done to cause such fear he saw in her face. When finally all is revealed, Zac knows he cannot erase what happened but wants to move forward with the “now Zac and now Anne.” As difficult as it was for me to get passed what happened between Zac and Anne that night, I loved how patient Zac was. He had a terrible loss of his wife and son and he has not had a fulfilling relationship since then but he was ready with Anne. Even though he was happily married with Becky, he always had a soft spot for Anne. So when he realized what had happened in the past between them and what she was going through currently, he did everything he could to make life a little easier for her. As for Anne, as hard as she fought to hide her feelings for Zac, it could not be contained after such a painful loss of her only true friend and family. As I read this story, I found that they really were destined for each other. I think Becky would have given her blessing, there was one particular scene that really resonated this.The suspense portion of this book really kept my attention, I swore I knew who the bad guy was in this, but I was taken by surprise when the the villain was revealed. Anne comes across as weak on the outside, but she has this inner strength that shines through, especially when it is really needed. This book was a great introduction to a new to me author. I cannot wait to read the next books in this series.
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