by Stanalei Fletcher
"PROVING GROUND is an intriguing story filled with tension. A strong debut."
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin"
Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.
USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.
It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.
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Stanalei's love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm's Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third degree black belt, in Aikido. After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her hero and best friend - her husband. Together they enjoy the open road astride a Harley, visiting museums and our National Parks. Visit Stanalei at www.stanaleifletcher.com
I love a good mystery and when you throw in some awesome romance, well you have created a perfect book for me. Proving Ground by Stanalei Fletcher is one of those perfect books. I LOVED this story. I was completely captivated and spellbound by Proving Ground from page one all the way to end. I could not put this book down. I had to be reminded by my husband it was time to get out of the bath tub a couple of nights. I was too engrossed to have any idea what time it was.
Caitlin Malone so wants to follow in her Dad's footsteps working for Northstar Security. Her first mission does not go as planned and Caitlin is broken hearted with the thought that maybe she isn't cut out for it.
I loved Caitlin this girl really is one kick butt kind of girl with strong Independence and a determination to get through anything she has to. I really admired this girl. Not only is she strong and smart but she has the abilities to take out the bad guys when she has to and in some really creative ways.
John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair is not prepared to see his childhood friend Caitlin when she returns home. Mac finds himself in a position of having to go into a dangerous situation to try to help Caitlin out. If I was in trouble this certainly is one guy I would want to jump in to save me. He has great survival skills and a few creative ideas that saves both he and Caitlin a time or two.
I loved how these two worked together when times got tough. They have a really strong attraction for each other buy Mac doesn't want to give in to that attraction. He still thinks he should have brotherly feelings for the girl that he grew up with. However when he looks at Caitlin he doesn't see a sister. He sees a very attractive woman.
There are so darn many great scenes in this book. I was captivated by their adventure through the forest to try to out run the fire. Just when I thought they might be safe, something else would happen. There are some confrontations with the bad guys that are quite dramatic and full of suspense. Then there is the scenes where these two are so flammable they could almost out burn the forest fire. They have incredible chemistry.
There is a nice mix drama, suspense, mystery, and romance in Proving Ground. I found it to be a really great read. I can not wait to see what Ms Fletcher has came up with for the next book in the Northstar series. I know this is going to be one of those awesome series that I will want to get my hands on as soon as the next book is out.
I loved Stanalei Fletcher's writing style. She has a way of really drawing me into the storyline and holding me captive. The characters are well developed. She's done a great job of creating characters that are charismatic, full of charm, character, and each has an interesting past to add to the storyline.
I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Proving Ground.