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"Proving Ground is an intriguing story filled with tension. A strong debut." - New York Times best-selling 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.
©2015 Stanalei Fletcher (P)2018 Stanalei Fletcher
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By Darcy on 02-19-18

Thriller w a bit of paranormal

Caitlin is an operative at Northstar Security. When an Op goes bad, due to her inexperience, she is suspended and sent home...her childhood home. ‘Mac’ is a forest ranger, and childhood friend of Cait He has become like a son to Cait’s dad during her 2yr hiatus from her hometown. When Cait’s father is taken to the hospital, Mac returns to his house to collect some items only to be met by a gun wielding Caitlin. Mac takes Cait to visit her dad...where they fight and Caitlin storms out. The next day, Mac’s estranged uncle, Jack, is taking his MC club camping in the national park and invites Cait. While out hiking, Cait stumbles upon a sinister plot and is left for dead. The perps start a forest fire as a diversion to their true objective and Cait is fighting to comes Mac to the rescue! We discover that Mac and Cait had a one-night stand and he left right after so she left town, and took the Northstar job. Once Mac finds Cait on the mountain, they work together to evade the raging fire and get to the helo pickup point. Once they are rescued, Cait starts piecing the puzzle of her would-be killers and realizes that one is the terrorist who shot her partner. Mac and Cait race to help get the bad guys. Will they make it in time? Will Cait redeem herself? Will Cait and her dad ever reconcile? Will Cait & Mac become more than friends? No further spoilers...just know that there is a sweet HEA.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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By jean doe on 02-18-18


This story centers around the female lead, Cait, and the male lead, John Mac.

They have a two year history that they try to put on the back burner even though their feelings are steadily simmering.

The two leads are perfect for each other.

Overall, this was a fast paced likeable read.

Charles Henderson Norman did well with the narration.

"This audio book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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By A D. on 02-09-18

A strong start to suspense-filled series!

I enjoy suspense-filled stories with strong female characters who are simultaneously bad-assed and vulnerable. This story did not disappoint. Caitlin is wonderfully beautiful, flawed, strong and vulnerable. She has to return home after a botched job with Northstar Security. She has to face her estranged father, who is unwell and in the hospital. She has to also address her history with Mac, the love of her life and the man who rejected her after one night of passion.

There is a lot going on in this book. There are the repercussions of her failed job, her challenged relationships but also Caroline's own personal insecurities. Mac also has his own demons to address. Throw in a biker rally, a raging forest fire, the potential threat of a bio-terrorist and so much more. The result is a detailed, fast-paced plot and a strong start to this series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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