The Hardest of Ways (The Cecelia Clark Series Book 1) by Rashawnda Ungerer (Review by Derek – #NerdGirlDad)


Title: The Hardest of Ways (The Cecelia Clark Series Book 1)

Author: Rashawnda Ungerer

Published Date: August 8th 2015

Genre:  Thriller


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Cecelia Clark is a fighter by nature and the only daughter of a retired Army Ranger who taught her at a tender age that violence is necessary for survival. It was a thorough education that she would suppress until the day arrived when she would require his lessons to save her own life and the lives of those she holds dear.

While tackling the decision to take back her cheating husband—millionaire attorney Brice Harrington—she bumps into British SAS soldier turned MI6 operative Gordon Hale. Their inopportune encounter is cut short before they can be introduced when Hale is pulled away by an ongoing operation, unbeknown to a disappointed Cecelia. Certain that they would never meet again, she reluctantly agrees to join Brice on a getaway to Greece for a last ditch attempt at reconciliation. But his efforts to win her back are impeded when she is kidnapped by a hired assassin who takes a perverse interest in her.

Upon his return to London, Hale learns that his father was murdered and leaves behind everything to settle the score. His bloodstained road to retribution takes him to Greece where he stumbles across a missing persons flyer. After recognizing Cecelia’s photo, he stops at nothing to save her and finish his personal mission of vengeance.

Hale follows the recovering Cecelia back to America, watching over her from a distance. But the continuing threat against her life forces him to come out of the shadows and join with her father and his elite unit of former Army Rangers—codename Armor Team—to protect Cecelia at all costs. But after uncovering a long buried secret that leads them to the reasons behind the attacks, it’s Cecelia’s protectors who must keep their enemies safe from her.

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***Derek – #NerdGirlDad’s  Review***
This is a good story, hence the three stars. However the other important ingredients making up a good book are missing. A word or two in the author’s ear would have made a big improvement, in particular, “Don’t tell it, show it.” You often read two or even three pages with no speech between characters.
There are also dozens of examples (none of which will concern the average reader as they are examples of me ‘nit-picking’) of incorrect use of English and/or punctuation. A good editor would make a lot of difference. I do not suggest this author gives up as good story tellers are harder to find than writing experts, just that she either gets a good editor or invests in a teacher to advise on the errors.


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  • Rashawnda

    Thanks so much for taking the time to review my book! I am beyond grateful for the honest feedback.

  • SuziSummer

    Love a good rescue book! Terri mcneal

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