Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Signet
Released on November 3, 2015
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.
[quote]”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[/quote]
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.
Romance Roundabout #373 RS
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