by Lucy Monroe

January 2006
ISBN: 0-7582-0875-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Mass Market Paperback

Soldier Josie McCall wants a normal life. She’s tired of fighting and going on missions. She’s determined to make a success of herself in the computer field, a career she is interested in. However, things change big time when her father’s mercenary school explodes, and her father almost dies. Suddenly, Josie has a new mission to deal with. Who wants her father dead and why?

Daniel Black Eagle has just become a partner in Tyler McCall’s mercenary school when it explodes. His first thought is for the safety of Josie. He couldn’t get her out of his head before, and now that her safety has been compromised, he’s determined to make sure nothing more happens to her. Daniel’s attraction to Josie is out of this world, and even if she doesn’t return it, he’s still going to do all he can to protect her.

When Josie tells Daniel that Tyler has fled the hospital, the search for answers truly begins. Josie is very worried for her father, who wasn’t in the most stable state of mind when he left the hospital. She also can’t give her whole attention to the new mission because Daniel’s nearness is affecting every single cell in her body. Josie is not used to being a woman. Raised among men, she’s not sure how to deal with her passionate response to Daniel, but she can’t help think it doesn’t matter anyway as he doesn’t seem to even like her. When Daniel realizes what Josie thinks about his attraction to her, he is stunned...and goes out of the way to prove that it isn’t dislike he feels for her, but something equally volatile and somewhat distressing to a man not used to dealing with love.

As Daniel and Josie try to find Tyler, they learn about each other in the process. Their mutual lust is startling in its force. Your fingers will be singed from turning the pages as you read about all the heat these two create together. Willing is an explosive, erotic, and tempestuous journey of love, family, and what defines us as unique individuals. Josie’s journey of self-discovery, coupled with her newfound emotions for Daniel makes for an engrossing tale. Watching these two fall in love is a pleasurable and very romantic experience. Daniel isn’t the man of every woman’s dreams; instead, he is the kind of man you’d want by your side through thick and thin, the good, the bad and the even worse. He’s driven, loyal, and watching him fall in love is pure pleasure.

Combine this gripping love story with the mystery surrounding the explosion and Tyler’s disappearance and you have a stunning follow-up to Ready. Willing, the second book in Lucy Monroe’s Mercenary Trilogy is sure to start your new year off with a bang. Don’t leave this book on the shelves; get your hands on it quick.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Sarah.

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