Look Back by Dawn Ryder ends the
“Unbroken Heroes Series” with a bang. This suspenseful
story is full of political intrigue that started six books
ago. The plot relies heavily on events from previous books
in the series, basically wrapping up the loose ends of those
operatives in the covert organization Shadow Ops
Ryder has “the Shadow Ops team taking on messy cases.
They understand absolute power corrupts absolutely. They see
how ambition can be a credit to someone, but it can also be
its Achilles heel. It can bring out the best in a person or
the absolute worst.” This becomes evident after Heiress
Miranda Delacroix Ryland decides to run for Congress. She
becomes the assassination target of a corrupt politician,
Carl Davis, aiming to be the next commander-in-chief.
Ryder feels that Miranda grew up “in a different time
for women. She basically had to be and do what her parents
wanted. Unfortunately, for her, she fell in love with the
wrong man as far as they were concerned. She left him because
her family would have ruined his family. In this book, she
is finally coming into her own, stepping up to become her
The Shadow Ops team that includes her son-in-law, Vitus Hale
must protect her. Another key member of the team is Thais
Sinclair, who learned long ago not to trust men, andinstead
focuses all of her energy on her job as a Shadow Ops agent.
Her newest assignment has her tailing Dunn Bateson, Miranda’s
illegitimate son. He becomes a contractor for the team, who
needs him and his resources for one all-important mission
of keeping his mother safe. Thais will need her wits and strength
to guide herand keep Dunn in line until Davis can be flushed
Sinclair is beautiful, strong, cool, calculating, and intelligent
who works alone within the mostly male dominated team. Thais
has honed in on her ability to take care of herself ever since
she eliminated her horrible abusive husband. To complete a
mission, she has been known to use her seductive skills, which
Dunn finds very infuriating.
Dunn Bateson is the illegitimate son of an American political
family. Raised by his Scottish father he understood that his
mother was forced to give him up to save his father from character
assassination. Charismatic, energetic, and a recluse, he has
fallen head over heels for Thais. The pushback between them
was entertaining, each determined to stand their ground and
not get burned.
“I wrote the relationship between Dunn and Thais because
both find they can help each other. He does outmaneuver her
because he likes her to notice his actions. She finds interacting
with him exciting and dangerous. I think he likes to press
into her personal space to make her aware of him. While she
tries to keep her emotions in check, he shows her his faithfulness,
trustfulness, kindness, and protectiveness.”
Readers will be captivated by the characters and their interactions.
Entwining political ambitions, danger, thrill, deceit, action,
and romance, Ryder can create a gripping storyline.