Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: Feb. 11, 2013
When The Mission Ends Series, Prequel
Genre: Military Romance
Book Source: Author
About the book:
Before his mission began, he went home. 24 hours to say goodbye to his twin sister.
Instead he found her. A girl that was nothing like the one he thought he knew.
They have 24 hours. 24 hours before he deploys on an extremely dangerous mission. 24 hours together in a freak West Texas snowstorm. 24 hours that will have to get them both through the awful next year.
When the resident good-girl decides to take on the visiting bad-boy, 24 hours is all it takes to change their lives forever.
This is the story of the 24 hours that no one knew ever occurred…until now.
What B is talking about:
Julie Hyatt’s OCD, as well as the shadows from her past, has controlled her for far too long. So, when an unfortunate kitchen mishap leads her sister to suggest she completely reinvent herself, Julie decides it’s advice worth taking. But, a physical metamorphosis can be far easier than changing who you truly are, and Julie discovers that for some things she’ll need the help of a good man. And when the gorgeous man she’s fantasized about for ages happens appear, quite literally, overnight, she knows she’d be a fool to let the opportunity slip away.
With only 48 hours left until he’s redeployed on a secret mission, Chris Robertson only intended to stay at his twin sister’s house long enough tell her goodbye in person. His plans take a decidedly more interesting turn, however, when his sister’s friend, who’s sexy, and funny, and nearly unrecognizable, happens to be house sitting instead. When Julie asks him for a favor that could change everything between them, though, he learns that what he wants most may not be the freedom he’s always found piloting jets, but someone warm and caring, and right in front of him.
I first saw Julie and Chris in the previous novel, Operation Endeavor, and their interactions were saturated with a deeper story than we were allowed to see. The two were clearly dealing with a shared history that left them both with much, much more to say to one another. This backstory is the perfect answer to those questions, while the knowledge of where they’re headed makes me hope they’ll both find happiness in the next book.
Chris and Julie fit together perfectly in this story, both in their personalities, as well as their desire for one another. Chris is a good guy, and has the patience to wait out the ghosts Julie has been carrying around with her for years. Once he decides that he’s the perfect one to give Julie what she needs, though, their situation begins to shift into something much more warm and satisfying.
Before the Mission Begins is a very short, sweet story that answers some longstanding questions about Julie and Chris’s past that I very much hoped would be addressed. It is a snapshot of an unexpectedly perfect day in the lives of two characters who both need and deserve it, especially given the trials that lay ahead for them both. Although it does provide a tender, sexy beginning for Julie and Chris, Ms. Snow has timed their tale perfectly to keep me anxious and eager to see where she’ll take them next. If you’re a fan of the series already, Before the Mission Begins is a must-read, and works well in the suggested reading order. If you’re new to the series, this story is a great prequel as well as an enjoyable standalone.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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