The Shadow of Mudflap by Christi Snow
Date Read: September 2013
To us, first responders are heroes. But for them, risking their lives is a normal, everyday thing.
Born the baby of the family, Mudflap has always had something to prove to emerge out of the shadows of his older siblings. He spent eight years as a Special Ops elite sniper and is now a firefighter. But at his heart, he’s just a normal West Texas good old boy who loves his beer, women and football, until the Department of Defense calls him up to say they need his skills again.
Shanae is a first responder of a different sort. She’s a trauma nurse who works on a medical evacuation helicopter team. But while she lives a life full of adrenaline every day, it’s just a cover for her real life, where she hides in the shadows and is secret agent, Shadowfox for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT). She’s living the kind of life that most people think exists only in movies and books.
Working for two different branches of the government, Mudflap and Shanae are in a race against time and the terrorists who threaten the very heart of West Texas life, football. They’re working toward the same goal, but find themselves in a confrontation against each other and the lies they’ve each had to hide behind. Can love win out in the end or will the cost be each other and their very lives?
First responders are heroes every day, but this story tells the tale of when they become even more and find love along the way. The key is for them to stay alive so that they can complete their mission and just maybe live happily ever after.
On an ordinary day, they save lives. On an extraordinary day, they save the country.
(All the proceeds from this novel will go to the Lubbock Red Cross.)
Series: Foxtrot Team #1
Also by this author: Operation Endgame, Operation: Endurance, Through the Veil, Found At the Library br> br>
Read for BookClub (Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: The action in The Shadow of Mudflap was heart pumping and never ending! I totally approve!
Story Thoughts: The Shadow of Mudflap is a romping good ride with just a bit of nail-biting involved. There is a lot of action, intrigue, and just enough smexiness to make you forget that the characters seem to be under threat pretty much every step they take. I really enjoyed the mystery/thriller aspect of The Shadow of Mudflap. The story flowed quite well and I was on edge for most of it. While I figured out parts there were still one or two things that made me go “ohhhhhh” at the end. I LOVE THAT!
Character Thoughts: I loved Mudflap despite his unfortunate name. He had a sense of honor and loyalty that can make a girl swoon. He also acknowledged that his name was unusual but he made it work. Shanae took me awhile to warm up to (3/4 of the story). I think because she was a little too off-putting. Though once more of her back story was told and her sister came into the picture–I warmed to her. I did love what Mudflap brought out in her though so I liked them together.
Final Thoughts: The proceeds of The Shadow of Mudflap go to charity! While that is awesome, I would recommend this story based on the story alone. I think you would have a blast reading it!
Personal Note: Generally after reading Christi’s stories I feel the need to call my family in Lubbock and check them LOL. I love when books are set in places that I know 🙂
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