by Kori David
Series: Once a Marine Always a Marine #2
Published by Insatiable Press on June 27, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Military, Suspense
Add to Goodreads
When photojournalist Liliana Richardson agrees to go on assignment in Arizona, she has no idea it could cost her everything. But one wrong picture at the right moment puts her on a lethal drug cartel's hit list. Kidnapped and held prisoner in a border town, she is certain her life is over - until the bad boy from her past shows up. Now she's on the run with the only man who ever made her want more. Problem is, she knows she can trust him with her life...but not her heart.
Security specialist and former Marine Jesse James Calhoun follows a strict code: Work hard, play hard, and never get too involved. When he gets information that the wild girl from his past needs help and fast, he's ready, willing, and able to neutralize the threat. But the spoiled girl he knew is all grown up and has a secret that someone is willing to kill for.
Can he keep them alive long enough to uncover her secret? Or will she leave before he can stop a killer, taking his heart with her?
Lily’s Outlaw is book #2 in Kori David’s Once a Marine Always a Marine series. Although I didn’t like this one as much as In Zach’s Arms, I still found it enjoyable.
When the story opens, photojournalist Liliana (Lily) has been kidnapped by members of a drug cartel and held captive in a border town. Soon after, she’s rescued by Jesse, who’s a retired Marine and security specialist (who works with Zach from book #1).
Right away, I felt like I had missed something. There’s not much setup for the story–we jump into the action immediately, so I found that opening kind of jarring. It turns out that Lily and Jesse have known each other since they were younger, so they have history together. Jesse’s mom used to be the housekeeper for Lily’s family. In addition, Jesse stood Lily up on prom night, which she’s never quite gotten over. However, there are bigger problems at hand now, like the people who want Lily dead.
Growing up, Lily’s mother never showed much affection because she was too concerned with her political ambitions. Lily had a rebellious nature and felt that she had something to prove, which is why she pursued photojournalism. But now she finds herself in harm’s way and Jesse is the only person she trusts to keep her safe.
Jesse is a fun, cocky character who I liked, but I’m sad to say that I didn’t find him very memorable. He’s fiercely protective of Lily when she’s in danger, but other than that, there isn’t much about Jesse that stood out to me much. I felt the same lukewarm feelings about Lily. I didn’t dislike her, but didn’t connect with her as a character, either.
As with the previous book, there’s a suspense element and twist to the plot that I didn’t see coming. The plot itself is resolved rather easily and an epilogue wraps things up nicely.
All in all, a decent read but I definitely prefer book #1 to this one. I plan on reading the next book in the series, though.
Rating: 3 stars