Code Word Storm

Code Word: Storm
Sydney Croft
ACRO, book 1.5
Included in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance.
Also included in Deadly Desires 2 in 1 with Shiloh Walker.

The extremely secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives is the only thing that stands between the human race and complete chaos. Now, two agents with special abilities, Annika Svenson and Creed McCabe, are sent to stop a man who has harnessed the power of the supernatural world.

But Creed and Annika have a history that puts them at odds -- and in closer, hotter contact than they'd like. In this ACRO story, which falls in the series timeline between Riding the Storm and Unleashing the Storm, Annika and Creed grow closer, despite their resistance. And with their lives are on the line, they find they must not only work together, but be together, or risk a terrifying fate that could consume them both.

Creed and Annika *so* deserved their own full length book, but hey, at least Croft (aka Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler) gave us this. Which, all in all, is rather satisfying.

Their story began back in book one as a filler to Haley and Remy's book, but for me, C&A were the story even then. Discovering they weren't the protagonists of the sequel had a bit of a shock factor but thankfully the two were not left to the background. They get their happily-for-now in their very one novella. Here, Annika and Creed are sent to destroy Bender, a man who has summoned demons, subsequently losing control over them, and deals in child slave trafficking. It's quick, not all that hot or heavy, but well... at least they weren't forgotten.

3 out of 5 stars.

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