Rogue by Michele Mannon #Review

Rogue by Michele Mannon #ReviewRogue by Michele Mannon

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Swerve on August 2, 2016
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I don’t know what it is about a romance story where the protagonists are out to kill each other that make me grab it up so fast.  But yes, that happened here.  Though, in this case, I’ve read the author’s other books and loved them so this was no real gamble.

The story opens with rogue operative, Kylie, on the run from her organization because of a disastrous mistake, but determined to finish her mission.  Revenge is all she has left because her target took out the man she loved and now their organization has a price on her head thinking she is a traitor who sold out Jaxson to their target.

But no, Kylie is not the traitor though she knows who is.  Staying alive long enough to prove it might be a problem since she couldn’t even have predicted the ruthless, skilled and cunning operative sent to take her down.  Between the dangers of tracking her target and avoiding getting killed by her own people, Kylie’s in a world of trouble.  This makes her think on the past and how she found herself where she is now.

Alright, this is one that pulled me two directions constantly.  I was riveted and so into it, but my mind never shut down to the issues I was also having with it.  It’s weird being tugged back and forth like that, but I’m still going to declare it a win since I raced to grab the next one pronto.

I was on the edge of my seat even though I shook my head about improbable plot and characters.  And the plot itself of why people were doing what they were doing was either under-developed in some instances or down right head-scratch worthy in others.

The story is not a smooth one and not just because it is told non-linearly with the flashbacks that go back to the beginning and bring the reader up to speed on the present.  I actually enjoy that sort of story especially when the present situation is rather incomprehensible like a girl mourning her lover who was her partner and having her own team of people out to killer her, stringing along a traitor who she thought was a friend, and also continuing with her revenge/mission.  But while I could appreciate what I was getting there were a few holes that left me questioning even late in the book that never got explained.

Kylie was the first person narrator.  She’s tough and snarky and arrogant to cover her pain and vulnerability.  Usually, I like this sort of heroine, but I can’t put my finger on why I never warmed to her.  I enjoyed her story without really enjoying her more than mildly if that makes sense.

The action plot is truly exciting stuff, but I struggled because Kylie’s decisions and her actions made me realize she was more lucky than right constantly.  I never got past the fact that some weeks of training and her self-defense workouts at the gym suddenly turned her into a commando spy.  I chose to go with the fact that sometimes an amateur with luck and a little skill can achieve the impossible just because they do get under-estimated.

This is an action-based plot so it was no surprise that the romance jumped out of the gates with insta-lust and some sizzling encounters to cement the love.  Again, I went with it b/c I liked the intensity and passion of the story.

So, hmm, it was a bit of this and a bit of that.  Overall, a win.  Very exciting action and sizzling hot enemies to lovers style romantic suspense.  I definitely want to keep going and get the stories for the other operatives.

I received this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #304 RS
New to Me #124 series
Books N Tunes #39 Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name

 

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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.
  • Even with its issues, glad you were still able to enjoy it 🙂

    • Yes, it was still exciting and passionate. Well worth the few niggles.

  • Oooh, that sexy cover. Romance suspense eh? Love that!

    • Ha, I know. Book two is pretty sexy, too. Oh yes, action-packed romantic suspense.

  • i miss reading romantic suspense, not sure I miss the insta lust tho ;/ or how some of it can totally be unrealistic

    • I know what you mean. Some things seem to come with the sub-genre and they aren’t all good things. But once in a while, I come across one that works in all ways.

  • Oh this seems like a thrilling read… Even if it has some drawbacks I would definitely pick this up

    • The chase scenes and fights and figuring out how to clear herself were great and I loved the sizzle between the romance characters. Definitely worth the niggles I had. 🙂

  • I’m glad you ended up liking this one, despite the tug-of-war with the good and bad! It seems action-packed and hey, the romance seems okay. I like passionate. 😀

    Great review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • If it’s passion you’re looking for, this is where it’s at, Alyssa. 🙂 The passion was the romance of course, but also how these folks felt about each other when they all think she’s a traitor and she knows who it is, but has to prove it. Definitely more good than not so good stuff going on.

  • I do love the whole haters to lovers and Mr and Mrs Smith thing…I think I would enjoy this one 🙂

    • Yes, the comparison is good so you’d probably have a very good time with it, Kimberly.