The Woman Left Behind

The Woman Left Behind

Jina Modell works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She likes the money, she likes the coolness factor—and it was very cool, even for Washington, DC. She liked being able to kick terrorist butts without ever leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the control room.But when Jina displays a really high aptitude for spatial awarenes...

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Title:The Woman Left Behind
Author:Linda Howard
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The Woman Left Behind Reviews

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Jina Modell goes from working in the office of a paramilitary group to being drafted for in the field operations as a drone operator. She’s assigned to a “Go-TEAM” and must go through and pass rigorous physical training to keep her job or she must quit. Jina’s fiercely determined even though she’d like to die by the end of each training day. Another motivation is showing Levi, her team leader, that she’s capable and no quitter when he’s made it clear he doesn’t want Jina on his team. Levi’s not

    Jina Modell goes from working in the office of a paramilitary group to being drafted for in the field operations as a drone operator. She’s assigned to a “Go-TEAM” and must go through and pass rigorous physical training to keep her job or she must quit. Jina’s fiercely determined even though she’d like to die by the end of each training day. Another motivation is showing Levi, her team leader, that she’s capable and no quitter when he’s made it clear he doesn’t want Jina on his team. Levi’s not convinced Jina will be an asset, and not a liability to his team. She meets his attitude with a bunch of her own, and they knock heads more than a few times. Simmering beneath all the tension is a powerful attraction neither wants but can’t deny. With each week that passes Jina proves her mettle and value. A good thing considering the dangerous situations Jina’s in for when she finally goes out in the field. Her training, determination and mental fortitude are what makes all the difference in one assignment that goes horribly wrong.

    I loved this story! Much of it focuses on Jina’s training with her team, getting in battle ready shape, and overcoming challenges. She had her work cut out for her. I’m constantly on a fitness mission so I was really interested in her struggles and rooting for her the entire time. I adored Jina! I loved seeing her get stronger, gradually fit in with the team, and navigating her relationship/attraction to Levi! You could see them grow close and care even when they snipped and snapped at each other. The sexual tension between them was electric! Levi was one hard, focused male; protective and a little possessive, but a really good man underneath all the gruff.

    Linda Howard combined her signature elements of playfulness, danger, action and a hot romance in

    , and I ate it up!. I’m sure I’ll be doing a re-read in the future.

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  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆

    Yum.

    So the story is a bit unbelievable.

    The characters are too badass.

    And the romance is too slow.

    So what?

    Does it deserve 5 stars?

    Probably not.

    But I enjoyed it so much that I can't

    give it a bonus star.

    Enjoyment: 5/5

    Writing style: 4/5

    Storyline: 3.5/5

    Hero: 5/5

    Heroine: 4/5

    Secondary characters: 5/5

    Hotness/steam: 4/5

    Romance: 3/5

    Angst: 3/5

    Darkness level: 2/5

    Humor: 2/5

    Depth of the book: 3.5/5

    POV: dual, 3rd person

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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    The Woman Left Behind is simply Linda Howard at her best. The story is rapid-paced and totally believable, the characters strong and likable, and the thrills are non-stop. This was a joy to read, and will go on my keep shelf.

    Jina Model, “Babe” is a computer geek working for a special ops group, the GO teams. She is happy in her behind-the-scenes role in communications-until her ability to play video games gets her and ten others a job as a drone operator in the field. Of all the newly transferre

    The Woman Left Behind is simply Linda Howard at her best. The story is rapid-paced and totally believable, the characters strong and likable, and the thrills are non-stop. This was a joy to read, and will go on my keep shelf.

    Jina Model, “Babe” is a computer geek working for a special ops group, the GO teams. She is happy in her behind-the-scenes role in communications-until her ability to play video games gets her and ten others a job as a drone operator in the field. Of all the newly transferred drone operators, she alone is taken in hand by the team she is expected to work with, Her new boss, Levi “Ace” Butcher, makes it clear she is the least important member of the team. He also makes it clear that he expects her to wash out of the training.

    But Jina is not a quitter. In spite of the fact that she likes to be clean and is terrified of parachute jumps, she takes on every challenge and is the first to graduate from drone training and report for active duty. From the beginning, she ignores her attraction to Levi, knowing that a romance while they are on the same team is asking for trouble. What makes it harder is the fact that he also makes his attraction to her clear, but only to her. He would love for her to wash out of the team so he could ask her out, but he won't do anything to make the job harder for her.

    But his warning about being the least valuable member of the team becomes all too clear when the team is pulled into an ambush in Syria, and the bunker where Jina is hiding while operating the drone explodes. With two members of his team desperately wounded, Levi makes the call to bug out, intending to come back and find her body. But Jina has not been training for months without results-and runs through the desert by herself to the pick up point.

    Now she has to decide: can she stay a part of a team where she is deemed expendable? And can her love for Levi survive the fact he left her in the desert without even checking to see if she was alive?

    The intense force of the attraction between these two strong, stubborn people is drawn with a delicate hand, yet there is no denying the pull. Jina is one of Howard's best heroines to date and Levi is a yummy alpha male. Whatever the difference is between a good book and a great one, Howard takes this one across the line firmly into being a great one.

  • Alp

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    Linda Howard has once again outdone herself with this compelling romantic suspense story. The Woman Left Behind is the second installment in GO-Team series and it was really worth waiting for!

    **Some possible mild spoilers here**

    Jina Modell was an ordinary office worker. But with her tech skills, she was assigned to Levi Butcher’s GO-Team and her job was to operate the surveillance drone. And in order to become an official part of the team, she had to get through a lot of tough

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    Linda Howard has once again outdone herself with this compelling romantic suspense story. The Woman Left Behind is the second installment in GO-Team series and it was really worth waiting for!

    **Some possible mild spoilers here**

    Jina Modell was an ordinary office worker. But with her tech skills, she was assigned to Levi Butcher’s GO-Team and her job was to operate the surveillance drone. And in order to become an official part of the team, she had to get through a lot of tough training like tech stuff, weapons, and the physical one, which she would be trained directly by Levi himself and also by his other team members.

    There was an instant spark between Levi and Jina the moment their eyes met. But as a team leader, Levi couldn’t make any move on her, so he tried his best to keep his attraction towards her in check.

    Jina knew that fantasizing about Levi was wrong and it would mess up the team. So as to avoid becoming increasingly more attracted to him, she tried to keep her mind occupied and concentrate on her (endless) training instead.

    But as time went by, it became harder and harder for them to resist their growing feelings for each other. Nevertheless, both of them still stayed professional and never crossed the line.

    Meanwhile, MacNamara (the head of GO-Team organization)’s enemy plotted against him and there was no better revenge than to take down one of Mac’s beloved GO-Teams.

    Therefore, in the midst of Levi’s team mission, they were unaware of the pitfalls and dangers that awaited them and then something really terrible happened. Finally, it was a life or death situation that made Jina come to the turning point in her life. Would she include Levi in her plan? And what would he do to make her his forever?

    I’m not sure if I want to call the romance between the couple “a slow burn type”, but one thing I know for sure is that the sexual tension between them was off the charts! This was a kind of forbidden romance, so of course, there was a lot of push and pull here. Nevertheless, I had no problem with it at all because this sort of thing happened in an acceptable and inevitable way, at least for me.

    Now, let’s talk about the star of this book—Jina. This is one of the few times where I find myself falling head over heels in love with the female lead of the book. Jina is an amazingly kick-ass character who has already become one of my most favorite heroines of all time. She's smart, straightforward, strong, determined, funny, and sassy at times. But the best of all, she's no quitter. One hell of a woman!

    Like most people with acrophobia (a fear of heights), the last thing on earth I would like to do is jump out of the planes. And of course, Jina was no exception.

    She's a fighter at heart and that was the thing I admired most about her.

    The ending was simply perfect. I couldn’t find anything to complain about. Needless to say, nobody combines love, laughter, and suspense quite like this author. I finished reading this one feeling on top of the world!

    All in all, this was an absolutely impressive and enjoyable read. It is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year.

    Highly recommended!

  • Hollis

    is the best kind of romantic suspense in the sense that the heroine is no damsel in distress requiring rescue but neither is she a beefed up black-ops assassin as are found in so many female-empowered stories of this genre. Instead she's somewhere in between; she's basically tech support. Communications. But after scoring high on a spatial awareness test disguised as a video game, she and a few others from her depart

    is the best kind of romantic suspense in the sense that the heroine is no damsel in distress requiring rescue but neither is she a beefed up black-ops assassin as are found in so many female-empowered stories of this genre. Instead she's somewhere in between; she's basically tech support. Communications. But after scoring high on a spatial awareness test disguised as a video game, she and a few others from her department are reassigned to various GO-Teams to undertake surveillance and communications work on-site. As in boots on the ground, in hostile environments – oh, and jumping out of planes as required.

    I’m not sure I can classify this book as feminist but there are some really attractively modern behaviours written into the choices and behaviours of both leads and while I can't say I've read a lot in this particular genre, what I have read has always lent itself towards.. misogyny? Overwhelming alpha characteristics? Which isn't to say Levi isn't an alpha male – he is – but there's a really great balance between Levi and Jina that I didn't expect, and I found their dynamic totally compelling.

  • Shawna

    3.5 stars - Romantic Suspense

    I loved the movie

    , and this reminded me a lot of that. I was hoping/expecting more of a true military romantic suspense, but the romance and suspense parts fell somewhat flat.

    *Jina's character was really annoying and abrasive at times, even though I did respect and admire her.

    *There is way too much page/story time spent on Jina's training for the GO-Team (like more than 50% of the book).

    *There isn't nearly enough story time/development on the team's actual

    3.5 stars - Romantic Suspense

    I loved the movie

    , and this reminded me a lot of that. I was hoping/expecting more of a true military romantic suspense, but the romance and suspense parts fell somewhat flat.

    *Jina's character was really annoying and abrasive at times, even though I did respect and admire her.

    *There is way too much page/story time spent on Jina's training for the GO-Team (like more than 50% of the book).

    *There isn't nearly enough story time/development on the team's actual/primary mission or the related suspense part of the book.

    *There are way too many details on unimportant/unnecessary items and not nearly enough detail or development on the aspects of the story that really matter.

    *The "romance" between Jina and Levi is practically non-existent for the majority of the book and poorly developed.

    It felt very rushed and disappointing.

    So overall I liked this and enjoyed listening to the audiobook version, but it could have been better.

  • Isabella - Madly in Love with Books

    Almost 3.5 stars

    I liked this one - it felt like a good linda Howard book in the beginning. But then a problem surfaced, that happens quite often with her current books. It kinda draaaaaaaged.

    I would lie when I said I wasn't at least a bit disappointed. Because the story started so strong for me, with a female protagonist that was right up my alley. She is a real character and I loved her backbone throughout the whole book. No super special snowflake in the beginning - and fortunately not in the

    Almost 3.5 stars

    I liked this one - it felt like a good linda Howard book in the beginning. But then a problem surfaced, that happens quite often with her current books. It kinda draaaaaaaged.

    I would lie when I said I wasn't at least a bit disappointed. Because the story started so strong for me, with a female protagonist that was right up my alley. She is a real character and I loved her backbone throughout the whole book. No super special snowflake in the beginning - and fortunately not in the end either - she impressed with a whole lot of grit and balls of steel. What did I say? Right. Up. My. Alley.

    But then the Linda Howard thing happened. She lost herself in scenes where she proved just HOW MUCH grit the heroine had. Again. And again. And again. Up to a point where I wanted to scream out of my window: "SHE IS NOT A QUITTER!!! I FUCKING GOT IT!!!!!"

    The blurb mislead me a little, I was even expecting a little bit of survival story from the heroine - and I am a sucker for survival stories. But oh well - we got a survival, but it kinda wasn't worth mentioning.

    Then at some time the slow burn romance grated on my nerves a little. I loved Levi - you could feel how he was torn and sometimes too cruel in his intentions, but he did not make use of the situation, there was no secret relationship, what I feared and I don't like those.

    Still a little too less romance for me to be quite satisfied.

    The past part of the book really was the heroine. She doled out as good as she got, she was stubborn to a point where it was freaky, she refused to stand down and she held her ground in team of alphaholes that wanted her gone. That takes balls and Babe got more then enough of them. A great heroine can make up a lot for me. But still I not enough for me to miss that the first half of the book was nothing but training and getting in shape and then the second half going on missions she didn't like. PWP? Exactly Plot what plot? YOu had to search intensly to find some. And whil the antagonist could have been interesting and cool, we got to see so little of her that the whole concept didn't work. Now I didn't read the first book in the series, so perhaps we get to know more about that there - but for this book she was not good enough for an antagonist.

    This was abook with quite some flaws. But I happened to enjoy it nevertheless, mostly because I really liked the gutsy heroine. I also liked parts of the tenseness between her and the H. Don't grab this book if you are expecting some serious suspense or one of Howard's steamier, hotter reads.

  • Ian

    Jina is unfit.

    She has no weapons training.

    She's not motivated.

    She doesn't even know that boots come in different sizes.

    So she's just the sort of person you would want on a generic Romantic Suspense SEAL type team.

    She's really annoying.

    This whole book annoys me.

    Why was it written?

  • Wendy Darling

    The last good Linda Howard book was in 2008. But she used to be one of my favorites, so...I'll keep trying.

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