The Woman Left Behind Review
Title: The Woman Left Behind
Author: Linda Howard
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: William Marrow
Jina Modell definitely doesn’t feel like a “Babe,” especially when she’s working with the gruff, no-nonsense Levi. When the base where she’s stationed is attacked, Jina manages to escape but the rest of the team, working some distance away, is exfiltrated, thinking Jina died in the explosion—leaving her stranded. To survive, she’s got to figure out how to get back to safety before she’s discovered by the enemy.
Levi would never willingly leave a soldier behind, especially a brave woman whose sweet voice haunts his every thought. Once he discovers Jina is alive, the tenacious warrior will walk into fire to save this intriguing woman who has captured his heart.
This is the first book I’ve read by Linda Howard and I was not all that thrilled with it. I hate leaving bad reviews and I hardly ever do but in this case I think I need to. I read this book because the blurb sounded amazing- I thought it was going to be like Maya Banks’ KGI series- full of action and adventure. The only problem was the action did not start till literally 75% of the book was done and it only lasted a chapter or so. The first 75% of the book is Jina going through basic training and trying to fit in on the all male team she is on while fighting her attraction to the team leader, Levi. It wasn’t that the book was poorly written it just fell flat. Maybe I built it up in my head and it didn’t live up to my exception but I really struggled to get through the book. I found myself skimming paragraphs and having to force myself to finish the book.
Some positives about the book were the characters were great and well developed. I liked the camaraderie between the group. Jina’s character was funny and smart-mouthed, which I loved. It wasn’t that I absolutely hated this book it was just not what I expected. The ending is pretty good even though it is quickly wrapped up and then that is that. If you’re a fan of Howard, you should give the book a chance, but if this is the first book of hers you are thinking about reading I suggest you find something else of hers to read first.