#NewRelease #Review ~ PROTECTING MARIA, a Special Forces: Operation Alpha novel by Nicole Flockton


by Nicole Flockton
Available JULY 7th 2017
a Special Forces: Operation Alpha novel



She’d thought she’d left her old life behind. She was wrong.

Surgical resident Maria Moretti’s life is finally becoming her own, that is until her past catches up with her and she is forced to operate on her uncle. Normally, saving a loved one isn’t a problem, unless you’re related to one of the most notorious mob families in New York. Now, the family Maria’s distanced herself from is doing everything they can to bring her back into the fold.

Former Navy Seal turned security expert, Riley “Ash” Ashland, is reluctant to take on the job of protecting Maria. That is, until he meets her. Seeing how much she wants her freedom from the stranglehold her family has on her changes his mind. Even though she refuses to believe she needs protection, Riley watches over her. When her life is threatened, he calls on all his resources to keep her safe. But can he protect his heart at the same time?

Can Maria keep from dragging Riley into her twisted mob world while she fights for her independence all over again?






Protecting Maria (Special Forces: Operation Alpha)PROTECTING MARIA
by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked reading PROTECTING MARIA by Nicole Flockton. Protecting Maria fits right into the Special Forces: Operation Alpha series so well. Riley “Ash” Ashland is indeed a very take charge, hero type of Alpha male. The fact that he’s a former SEAL just makes him all the more sexy!

Doctor Maria Moretti is in her last year of residency as a surgeon in a New York hospital. When she’s kidnapped and forced to perform surgery on her Uncle, who is second-in-command to her father, she knows she hasn’t truly escaped her father, a powerful mafia crimelord in New York. She turns to her friend, Melody and her husband, Tex, for help. Tex in turn calls his friend Riley, a former SEAL team member, to help him protect Maria.

Despite his rules, Riley is drawn to Maria in a way he s never been to a woman before. Especially one he’s been charged with protecting. Maria herself has learned to remain aloof and not get too attached to anyone. Considering who her father is, it’s not safe. But Riley’s Alpha protectiveness makes her feel safe in a way she never has before.

This story has danger, action, suspense, and most importantly, a feisty female and a sexy alpha male who fall in love despite the situation. Great story!

~Complimentary copy received. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Maria twisted the knot until it tightened and held, before snipping the fine, silky black thread. Sweat trickled down her spine. The fact her hands remained steady was only due to her determination not to let the bastards know they were getting to her.

She threw the suture needle in the metal kidney shaped dish, the small tool joining the three bullets she’d extracted. “There it’s done.”

The removal of the gun barrel that had been held against her head for the last two hours should’ve been a relief. Only it wasn’t. Maria Moretti knew, after tonight, the life she’d spent the last ten years working hard to create was over. Her past had found her and she knew it wouldn’t let her go.

“Very good, Dr. Moretti. I’m sure Uncle Vittorio is very grateful that you saved his life.”

The sleaze ball who snatched her out of the hospital parking lot was far too smug for her liking.

“Like I had a choice,” she muttered and snapped off her latex gloves. “Now, how about you and your goons, take my Uncle and get the hell away from me. I don’t want anything to do with him or the family anymore. My father knows this. And if you happen to see my loser of a father, give him the following message.” She glared at sleaze ball, waiting until he nodded. “Stay the fuck out of my life. Like he promised he would.”

Without waiting for a response of any kind, she grabbed her bag and walked out of the dirty, drafty doctor’s surgery they’d taken her to. Having been bundled in the back of a windowless van, she had no idea where in the city she was. But this was New York; if she walked a couple of blocks she’d find a cab or a subway station. All she needed to do was get as far away from this place as possible. God, she hoped this would be the last time she’d see anyone from her mob family again. Somehow she didn’t think she was going to be so lucky.






About Nicole Flockton


Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

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