Release Day Post and Reviews: Bound To Danger: Katie Reus

Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2)
Katie Reus
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At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

What she doesn't know may hurt her...

Marie Cervantes is in the hospital as a sole survivor of a tragedy and has no memory of what happened. 

Cade O'Reilly works for the NSA. Eight years ago he was also her brother's best friend and close to her as well. But he cut off communications and disappeared from her life. 

But now he is back just when she did not realize she needed him. And they are soon entangled in a big, dangerous mess that is more than it initially seemed. Now he has made it his goal to protect her while the men who want her dead just seem to keep coming. 

She's been hurt by him and suffered other loss. She is trying to keep up in unfamiliar situations while relying on Cade. But her life has literally imploded. She knows she should remember something, but is also terrified of what it could be when she finally does. 

Cade has guilt and loss from his past and feeling of unworthiness. He is alpha, smart, strong, and usually in control in any situation. But Marie makes him want to lose control and he is still drawn to her despite knowing he should not be. Protecting her might also mean protecting her from himself since he has a secret that could hurt her more and make her hate him.

I liked that their previous history was innocent and how we got to see a window into their past. So their new connection a soft  beginning point, but did not fully develop strongly until the present time. 

It's love on the run with guns blazing and bombs going off. It is fast-paced, suspenseful, and action-packed, but with an underlying layer of sexual tension, romance, and second chances. There are underlying secrets and unspoken feelings. There are twists, turns, and a fast moving plot and character transitions. So it was tense and intriguing watching it all play out. 

I really enjoyed the story line and characters in the first book Targeted and this was a good follow up.This brings back a few characters from the first book. We get a bit more with Levi and his quest for vengeance(I am hoping he gets his own full book soon). We also get more with Jack Stone and Sophie, and of course Lieutenant General Wesley Burkhart who controls the NSA. But this can be read as a stand alone and the small overlapping details are clearly explained. 

This series does action, plot, character development and depth well. The characters have history and a connection, the story lines have a lot of complications and twists, and there is a lot of suspense. These books are more detailed than some of the romantic suspense series out there. Little details are clearly understood, connections explained, and events are tied together. It is told in multiple points of view letting you into the heads of the good guys/girls and the bad. So you see the full picture. The villians are ones that you really hate, but also see what drives them to do evil. And basically the stories keep you going as you follow along with the characters trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys. 

I look forward to more in this series with more of these delicious alpha males. I am really looking forward to more with Levi. He has now been teased in both books so his full story needs to be told. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Eight years after the deaths of most of his Marine team, Cade is working as a black ops NSA agent when he sees the one name he hasn’t been able to forget -- the sister of one of his dead Marine teammates, and the girl he has avoided ever since her brother died. While Maria’s connection to the bombing that wiped out many of Miami’s elite population, the threat she may be in attracts Cade’s attention and he knows this time he won’t leave her unprotected. 

While there was an eight year gap in their relationship, a relationship that ended suddenly when Maria’s brother died, they both quickly realize they cannot ignore what was once developing between them. I loved watching them both realize just how deep the feelings ran between them, and the lengths they were each willing to go to protect the other.

Cade was all kinds of protective male when it came to Maria. After eight years of avoiding her, the decision to protect her this time was not one he took lightly. Beyond his interest in Maria, he is one of the best operatives on his team, a fact which is brought up several times as he begins to lose his focus on staying objective to the mission. 

I liked Maria’s character. She kept her head in the tense, unexpected situations she found herself in. While her connection to the antagonists is coincidental, she poses a threat they cannot ignore even though she isn’t sure how she became a target. 

This second book in the Deadly Ops series was tied loosely to Targeted, but stands alone quite nicely. Jack and Sophie do make an appearance, and Cade is a member of the same black ops team introduced in Targeted, but there is no need to have met the characters before reading and enjoying Bound to Danger. 

This was a great summer read. I loved the veiled identities, even as we knew who the main threats were. There were so many players and connections that were referred to without giving away their identities that I was constantly wondering which of the people Maria was interacting with was “the one” they were looking for. It was tense, action packed, and full of explosive moments -- literally and figuratively.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Targeted (Deadly Ops#1)
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Hidden in plain sight…
Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories—which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her—if only she weren’t under suspicion.

When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling—and worse—she doesn’t know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company—a man with hauntingly familiar eyes.

As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people—starting with them.

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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