Review & Giveaway: Desperate Match (Coded for Love 5) by Lynne Silver

A woman on the run…

Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find or hurt her ever again.

A man looking for acceptance…

Rowan Blacker is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying a trunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

What first got my attention was the plot. A woman running away from an abusive relationship into the arms of a super soldier. Of course I wanted to read that. The fact I haven't read the other books in the series is no problem to be able to follow the story. Though I will be reading the other ones too.

Right out of high school Jill got married to her boyfriend Jack and now six years later she's only a shadow of herself. After years of living under his tyranny, Jill doesn't know how much more she can take. When she finds out about the Program, she sees it as her chance to escape. Being genetically matched to one of those soldiers, she is sure she can find safety there.

Luckily she is a match and as soon as she finds out Jill is gone. Just showing up at the compound and giving herself up to a stranger, shows how brave or desperate she is. Though meeting her match, Rowan, he is nothing like she expected. Slowly Jill starts coming out of her shell and even starts thriving in her independency. I really loved to see her strength grow throughout the story. She was beaten down, but she rises stronger of it.

When Rowan meets his match for the first time, he believes the doctors might have made a mistake. The woman before him is scared and it seems he repulses her. He was born with a defect, not having the lower part of one arm and because of that he's gotten quite the attitude. People have always been very protective of him and he always had that feeling of showing people that he is capable. So now he has someone he can look after and protect, and he likes it.

The attraction between them is not instant. I really liked that it grew slowly from a friendship into more. Jill still has those issues from the situation with her husband and that doesn't go away that easily. They both take their time to get to know each other, though like all couples they will need to learn how to communicate.

Even though Rowan is a super soldier, he doesn't come across as violent or super intense. He is actually really sweet when it comes to Jill. His first instinct is to protect her, other things can wait.

The focus was mainly on Jill and her issues, not so much on the military stuff, but I liked it. It was just so sweet and I loved Jill's growing independence and self-discovery. Overall a great story. I really enjoyed reading this one and like I said, I will be reading the others in the series.

Coded For Love - Reading order and purchase links
All books can be read as standalone novels



The Author
By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.

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