Edge of Danger by Katie Reus #Review

Edge of Danger by Katie Reus #Review
Edge of Danger

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Series: #4 Deadly Ops
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Signet
Released on November 3, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Seriously, I think with the next new release from this series, I’m just going to pick it up. No debate or deliberation. The Deadly Ops series is officially in the auto-buy category. Tucker made my knees weak with his heroism and Karen is the gal I want to be when I grow up. And the story? Grabbed me from the beginning and I didn’t put the book down unless five alarm life needs were going on.

The book is the fourth book in the Deadly Ops series. It could be read as a standalone. The surrounding characters are recurring, but the plot, developments, and romance are specific to this book.

Everything starts when Tucker Pankof, DEA undercover agent, returns from his last op only to be targeted in his own home, learn that his boss and mentor has been murdered, his clearance within the DEA is revoked, and he is now considered a fugitive. He and the other members of his team are being set up to take the fall for a series of other astounding events like the bombings by a stolen drone and connections to a terrorist organization. Their only chance is to get his boss’ best friend who is the deputy of NSA to believe them and help them. Tucker has a daring plan to accomplish this.

Karen Stafford is a brilliant analyst for the NSA and up for a promotion that will put her in charge of a department. Out of the blue, she is kidnapped by a group of dangerous men. They give her their story and, as scared as she is, the story rings true especially in light of another event going down. Her analytical mind sifts through the facts and her instinct is that they are being set up. Just as her instinct senses the attraction between her and Tucker. She cautiously agrees to contact her boss and Tucker agrees to come in. Before they can make it happen, their enemy discovers that Tucker and the others are alive and now are dangerous loose ends that have to be cut off. Karen is caught in the enemy’s crosshairs, too.

Things happen fast and Tucker has to keep them both alive long enough to talk with Buckley and help figure out who is behind the bombings and set ups. Betrayal will run deep. Karen’s strength and resilience cause softer emotions to surface and he now is determined to protect her with his life if necessary.

Alright, this one was off to the races without much set up and I was all onboard with that. The story divides not just between Tucker and Karen’s POVs, but also the bad guys and other agents. Normally, I’m not keen on the villain’s perspective particularly in a romantic suspense because it can give stuff away, but in this case, it heightened the tension. I loved the rock/hard place situation that Tucker was in and how he handled it. He was one guy with some serious skills and mojo. His team of guys weren’t bad, either. Karen was a gal to ride the river with. She was scared, but always used her smarts. I enjoyed that the author didn’t turn her into more than she was. She was an analyst with some field training, but she was comfortable in her role. I loved these two together. Boy howdy were they a quite the pair for some fast, hot, and dirty or some passionate loving when they had the time.

“Karen, I…” His fingers skated over her spine. “You’ve been through a lot in the last twenty-four hours. I don’t want you to do anything you’ll regret later. I…can’t take advantage of you,” he muttered. His voice was tight and raspy. He let out a low curse before she felt the bed dip as he got up.

Surprised, she turned over to find him striding out of the room in quick, hurried movements…

When she heard the shower in the guest bathroom start, she cringed again- until his words registered.

Words that had been in direct contrast to the signals she read in his face and body. He didn’t want to take advantage of her? Fine, she’d take advantage of him.

p.154-155 Karen and Tucker from Edge of Danger

All in all, this was thrilling, intense, and another powerful installment in the series. Romantic suspense lovers who like the covert types and lots of passion with their suspense should pick this one up.

My thanks to Penguin Group for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. Are you sure, because… LOL! I still need to go back and get book one and the tweenie novella and have to sternly tell myself to finish what I’ve got first. 🙂

    1. He was just so, so heroic. His actions were selfless and he tried to do the right thing even when he had lethal black ops skills. So different from the usual types in military black ops romantic suspenses.

    1. It will be a great treat when you get to it.

      And don’t remind me. I have so many that are going to be read after release date. Ugh! My own fault b/c I couldn’t resist ’em. 🙂

  1. Bahaha! I loved that quote! It definitely was a hot one and I’m super glad that the man was able to resist the woman AND respected her body and mind! How often do you get something like that?? *Glares at Christian Gray* Teehee awesome review as always chica! xoxo

    1. Yeah, couldn’t resist slipping it in. It shared a little something about the situation, the romance, and the characters all in one little spot while also being humorous. 🙂

    1. Oh man, Renee! It takes a while for me to arrive at that feeling where I will grab it at the new release b/c there are many series I like, but have little things that make them more ‘when I get to it’ wish listers. I love how this gal writes her heroes and heroines. She manages to make them good in both the action plot and the romance. There is conflict and excitement and passion without the irritation of stupid moves or immature behavior which usually take away my enjoyment from Rom suspenses.

  2. This sounds like a good romantic suspense. I am trying to read more books in this genre and will make it a goal for a reading challenge next year. And I get what you mean about having the villians pov can give things away, I am currently reading a book where the villains pov adds something, but it also kinda ruins the suspense as you know what’s happening from his point of view.

    Sounds like karen and Tucker are quite the team. And I like the sound of karen being comfortable in her role. Great review!

    1. I started pushing myself last year to read more romantic suspense. I’ve decided on a few favorites already. I look forward to seeing what you think or end up liking.

      Yes, exactly! Usually, I don’t like knowing what the villain is doing behind the scenes or even who it is. I like to guess and figure it out for myself. But once in a while, like with this one, I get tensed up wondering how the hero and heroine will thwart the villain’s plans and save the day because its not a mystery so much as just good guys trying to stop bad guys.

      Tucker and Karen were great. No immature or stupid moves just two people working together and finding romance along the way.