Who is Alex Bok? Is he the byproduct of a mid-eastern archaeological upbringing, an arms dealer, or a spy? These are the facets of his character Dr. Nora Lowe must sift through in order to find out who lies beneath the man she saved in the desert some time ago. Now he has joined her crew at their archaeological dig to assist her in the form of cheap labor though she suspects that there is much more to his presence than he is willing to tell. SPEAR Agent Alex Bok has his reasons for keeping silent about not only his purpose for joining Nora's dig, but also his presence in the desert that time she came upon him bleeding to death. He owes his life to this woman whose innocence reluctantly renews his sense of humanity and honor. As he comes to know and care for her, Alex finds himself making promises, something he has never done before. All he knows is that he must keep her safe.
Eileen Wilks continues the Year of Loving Dangerously series where it left off last month. The overarching plot concerning the mission to stop the traitor, Simon, from destroying Jonah, the head of SPEAR, is Alex's goal in this story. Wilks does a splendid job of developing the love that evolves between Alex and Nora even while she integrates Alex's mission into it. The author paints a striking and detailed image of the desert that is stark but alluring as well. She enhances the feel of the desert by allowing her audience to understand what Alex and Nora appreciate about it. Nora is a strong character whose dreams play as important a role in her life as her structured practicality. Her ability to confront her fears, combined with the strength of her endurance, helps Alex to confront his own and lends a great deal of power to her faith in him and his promises.