The Missionary by Jack Wilder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Missionary was packed full of action, suspense, romance and steam. Somewhat dark and disturbing, but also beautiful. Fluid and effortless writing, once I started this one, I didn’t want to put it down! Loved it!
In The Missionary we meet Wren and Stone. Wren is a college student, her life seems relatively perfect. She has a crush on Stone, who helps lead the music at her church’s college group. Stone is an ex-Navy SEAL. One of his childhood friends is a youth pastor, who can’t play music to save his life so Stone helps out. Stone and Wren have an obvious connection from the beginning. Stone feels like Wren is out of his league, that he isn’t right for her. The things he’s done, the things he’s seen, he’s not good for someone so sweet and innocent. So he makes sure things stay friendly between them, thats all. He keeps his distance.
Stone’s friend comes up with an idea. Go over to the Philippines with a group of volunteers and make a difference. Get prostitutes who have been forced to live this way or sold off the street. It’s a great idea in theory, but very dangerous. Stone tries to warn the group off, but its no use. They are set to go. The only thing he can do is tag along and do his best to keep everyone safe.
No one goes anywhere alone. No group goes anywhere without Stone. Call him paranoid, but he has seen some ugly things in his service, and he wants everyone safe. One night, a group goes out without Stone. Just to the corner store to get some water. Wren vanishes out of thin air. She’s been taken. By the bad guys, the guys who buy and sell women. Wren is terrified but she can’t give up hope. She has to believe Stone will find her.
Fear keeps you alert. It keeps you alive. If you’re afraid, you’re still fighting to stay alive.
Stone knew this trip was a terrible idea. He felt it in his gut, and now he knows why. He has to get Wren out. No matter what he has to do, he has to get to her before it’s too late. If anyone can do it, he can. It’s what he was trained to do.
From here on out, there is a lot of action. A lot of violence. A lot of moments that make you hold your breath and make your heart beat fast. I loved this element of the story. It was unpredictable and suspenseful. But all my romance lovers, don’t you fret... there was also a beautiful love story going on even with all the craziness. When you are faced with a life and death situation, and all you have is each other... well, the feelings that were already lingering there start to grow.
‘Don’t say it yet, Stone. Not until we’re home. No matter how many times we do this until then, don’t say it. I need that to look forward to. I know it, I see it. But don’t say it.’
Stone... a sexy alpha male if there ever was one! Stone was the ultimate protector. I loved him! It wasn’t easy for him to go back into that ‘war’ mindset, but he couldn’t lose Wren. He had to do everything in his power to make sure she was safe. Wren wasn’t some little damsel in distress either. She made some tough and smart choices, and even kicked a little ass herself at one point. I loved the two of them together. They just fit.
One warning to fellow readers: The subject matter may be a little difficult for some to read. The story goes inside the sex trafficking issue that is happening all over the world. You get to see a bit of the nitty gritty. It reminded me of my favorite Jasinda Wilder book (Wounded) in that way. I loved how the author wasn’t afraid to show the not so pretty side of something. I have been a Jasinda Wilder fan for a while now, ever since I read Wounded and Falling into Us. I can officially say I am a Jack Wilder fan as well! How can a wife AND husband both be so talented?
Honest, intense and well written, The Missionary is a really great book I would highly recommend!
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