Author: Harper McDavid
Series: Border Series #1
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2019
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Exciting, suspenseful, and a proponent of STEM in the female lead role.
Avery McAndrews has never been the stereotypical female. She chose engineering as her career field and then took a job in the oilfield. While out on assignment in the Texas border town of Zapata, she begins to expect trouble will find her on her ride out to the production station. As she surveys the tanks and piping, she finds a crude installation of a “security valve” that is not in the plans and schematics. As she is preparing to ask questions of the team, two local cartels show up and start saber rattling. As things start to heat up, Avery hopes that she can get out of Texas with her life.
Alejandro DeLeon hates that he is saddled with babysitting his cartel boss’s son Javier. Javier is a hothead who makes stupid decisions and Alejandro is always left cleaning up the mess. When Javier concocts a scheme to kidnap a female engineer and force her to draw up construction documents for a drug transport tunnel under the Rio Grande, Alejandro knows that he must finally take action before the cartel’s operations are compromised.
As a fellow Texan, I always enjoy reading about books set in Texas. And for a change, the main character was an engineer, which is the occupation that my spouse has chosen too. I asked him a few questions here and there about both the engineering terminology as well as about the locations depicted in South Texas as he travels there for work frequently. I always enjoy when a book makes us have discussions about the contents!
The romance between Avery and Alejandro never seemed forced, but did develop very quickly as that can happen in intense situations. I feel that readers will find this an enjoyable read. I also like that a book is really promoting the science and engineering field for women and hope that it will spark interest for those reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.