Review: Targeted by Katie Reus

Posted November 21, 2013 by Angela in Reviews / 13 Comments

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Review: Targeted by Katie Reus
Targeted
by Katie Reus

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Oct 1, 2013
Series: Deadly Ops #1
Published by Signet
Pages: 329
Format: eARC
 

 

“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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About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

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.
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This one does sound good. I haven’t read Katie Reus yet.

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Sophia R, I liked it! ~Angela

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Elizabeth

I’ve only read 1book by reus and it wasn’t really my thing :/ so I may wait to try this ….thanks

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Thanks for passing by Elizabeth.~Angela

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So far I have only read paranormal series from Katie Reus,good books,but I haven’t read her romantic suspense books,I will give a chance 🙂

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Bube, Let me know what you think. ~Angela

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Done Angela,I will begin with reading romantic suspense from Katie Reus with this book,when I finished with reading,I will post my comment 🙂

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eeep!!! Hope you enjoy it!

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Lol Angela I’m somewhat of a cover whore too…glad the pretty on the outside matches the pretty on the inside….Will be adding this to my wishlist-thanks Angela.

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Like I said, Timitra, luck is on my side. ~Angela

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Elizabeth

Woot!….me too I hate to admit but sometimes a cover can actually turn me off :/

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Komal

I have Reus UF series sitting on the TBR but from your review, I’m thinking this one will be more my speed. Gracias 🙂

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Amy R

I haven’t read this author yet but I do like romantic suspense and the cover is hot.