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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Katie Reus
Released: Oct 1, 2013
Series: Deadly Ops #1
Published by Signet
“This is my first Katie Reus novel…. I was impressed.” ~Under the Covers
Okay, I will admit to picking up this book due to the very attractive cover. It just screamed romantic suspense and hotness all over the place. And I lucked out yet again; Targeted is full of romance, suspense and a whole lot of hotness proving that sometimes, the cover is a good place to start to judge a book. No, don’t do that, I just got lucky. =P
Former Marine, now National Security Agent, Jack Stone is given the most difficult assignment he has had. He has to work with the only woman he’s ever loved who thinks he is dead. Now with a new face and identity, staying to his cover will be difficult. Sophie, on the other hand, has her own tortured past. She and Jack were foster kids, and unfortunately, she did not come out of it unscathed. Though she loved Jack, part of her resented him from leaving her to suffer. A tragic life they both lived but now they will get the chance to finally, to resurrect a life that was meant to be…happy.
I loved Jack. I think he is a total swoon worthy hero. The fact that he is strong enough to live without Sophie for her benefit is most definitely courageous. I love that despite his years apart from her, his love remains strong. He is also hot as hell. Sophie was an okay heroine. I felt her pain as a foster child and her issues about it as an adult. She definitely made some decisions that make her a brave heroine. Not so much physical but more in her line of work. I didn’t love her, and I didn’t hate her either, but I understood her.
My heart did break for Sophie and Jack. They just couldn’t get a break. Getting a second chance is the strength of their characters. Surviving only to find happiness someday. And while I read this, I must haveve just held my breath in hopes they find their way to each other. It really was sweet. Of course, it wasn’t all heartaches and sweatiness. Ms. Reus gave this story a good blend of romance along with plenty of action and suspense.
This is my first Katie Reus novel. I’ve heard good things about her but never had the chance until now. I was impressed. Her writing flowed, and the story was at a constant fast pace. I’m hoping the next novel will be the same if not better. Looks like there are plans for a second and third installment this series, which I will be waiting for.
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I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.