Release Launch/Reviews/Giveaway: Shattered Duty: Katie Reus

Shattered Duty (Deadly Ops #3)
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Expected June 2, 2015

A new novel from the author of Bound to Danger who “has the amazing ability of pulling the reader onto the front lines of the action and drama.” (The Reading Café)

When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.

As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice: either put aside his need for revenge, or save the woman who’s reawakened his soul…

Shattered Duty Excerpt
Copyright © 2015 Katie Reus

If it had been flex cuffs she would have gone into panic mode, but she retained her cool as she looked down at her hands. While she internally cursed herself for letting her guard down, she could get out of these whenever she wanted. “Really? I already said you can come with me. And what kind of pervert carries handcuffs around?”

“If you think I trust you, you’re out of your damn mind. You’re coming with me and I’m not letting you out of my sight until we meet with Tasev. For all I know you’re going to call Wesley.” He grabbed her forearm, surprisingly gently, and tugged so that she had to stand with him.

In the distance she could see and hear people still at the party. Apparently a little gunfire was no big deal to this crowd. “Of course I’m going to call him, but not about you.”

Levi just grunted and motioned toward the beach. Since she could get out of the cuffs anytime she wanted, she let him think he had the upper hand and allowed him to lead her. If anything, her compliance might lull him into feeling secure around her. The NSA knew Levi was in Miami since he’d helped them locate a nasty group of terrorists just a couple of weeks ago but they had no idea where he was staying.

As they reached the beach she tugged against his grip. “Unless you want me stumbling every few feet, let me take my shoes off,” she demanded.

He turned to look at her, his expression unreadable. “Try to take me out and you’ll regret it.” There was a dark note in his voice that should scare her but instead did strange things to her insides.

He bent down in front of her, the moonlight playing off his inky hair. She lifted one foot and again, to her utter surprise, he was incredibly gentle as he took her ankle. Her silver shoes were strappy and delicate with a small buckle on her inner ankle. Even after he’d unstrapped it, his fingers lingered as he rubbed that same soft pattern over the top of her foot as he’d done to her wrist.

It was weird and erotic at the same time. She felt his touch all the way to her core. Just as quickly as he started he jerked to a stop, shaking his head slightly. When he took off her other shoe he did it in seconds, barely grazing her skin. For some strange reason she was disappointed. Selene shouldn’t care whether this man touched her or not but she couldn’t help the new burst of desire that had erupted inside her.

She was so good at compartmentalizing her emotions. It was something she’d been doing since she was a teenager. She’d had to in order to survive and it was part of the reason she was such a valuable asset to the NSA. Unfortunately just being in Levi’s presence was jeopardizing everything she’d worked for.

For two f****** years he'd been living in this f*****-up state and couldn't shake it no matter how hard he tried. Because the only thing that would make a difference was vengeance. 

Former NSA agent Levi Lazaro has gone off the grid in order to find his wife's murderer. He's been rogue and on a mission of revenge for two years. He gave up his career, his life, and is basically dead inside. But he is getting closer and closer to answers.

When his agenda crosses with Agent Selene Wolfe who works with his old colleagues at the NSA, it only makes sense to pool resources and work together. But trust is not something either of them take lightly. Levi has been working outside proper channels for two years. He has no idea if Selene will turn him in to his former boss or use him. So he still needs to follow self protection techniques to keep himself safe and undetected. And she is wary about how Levi's revenge plans could ruin her own op. But along the way they develop an understanding and a combined need to see the op through even if for their own reasons.

Levi is protective, smart, resourceful, passionate, but has a vulnerability and deep pain and loss under the surface. He has not been able to move on since his wife's death. He has not reacted to any woman the way that Selene affects him. She brings out his more human side instead of the deadly machine hell bent on taking down those that ruined his life.

She'd woken something up inside of him, even if he couldn't define what it was. She made him feel again. It was disturbing and confusing, but he couldn't deny the truth of it. 

Selene is strong, fearless, loving, equally protective, and understanding of his past pain. She is caught between her job and the man she is becoming attracted to.

She knew that things between them would end badly, but she wanted Levi in a way that defied logic, and probably her sanity, and she wanted everything he had to offer. Even if she got burned in the end. 

Along the way their attraction begins to grow as do their feelings. She makes him feel alive again and gives him passion, love, and purpose.  They have a quick building chemistry and strong reaction to the other. But trust and fear of loss weigh them down at times. And they are in a complicated, dangerous situation with many chances for error, betrayal, or injury. And he still has to decide if his revenge is most important to him or if he can prioritize her or the greater good. 

Everyone needs a savior sometimes and they can come in various forms at various times. But sometimes you also have to fight to save yourself. 

This was like the other novels in this series with a multi-layered plot that intertwined with some of the previous books, multiple antagonists, complex characters, suspense, and danger. Levi's journey has been ongoing in his quest for revenge and redemption. He had alienated most of his former colleagues at NSA, but many agents were a part of this story--Wesley Burkhart, Jack Stone, Dax Costas, Nathan Ortiz, and Karen Stafford (will be the subject of the next book Edge of Danger).

This one had murder, revenge, terrorism, kidnapping, and rescue missions. It was fast-paced, emotional, romantic and had some interesting twists. I really liked the match up between Levi and Selene. I had been looking forward to Levi's story since the beginning of the series, and I am satisfied how it played out.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Selene Wolfe is a smart, excellent operative. When she is on a mission, it is her whole focus. She was recruited young and as a result is very experienced at what she does.

When her paths cross with Levi Lazaro, a former NSA agent gone rogue after his wife’s murder, she can’t help but wonder how her mission is entwined with Levi’s search for a murderer.

Levi intrigued me in the first two books of the series and I was excited to get more of his story. Off the grid, grieving, and searching for his wife’s murderer, his story became more and more interesting as bits and pieces came to light through the other missions that crossed his path.

This started a little slower than I expected, but after a few chapters the pieces started coming together and I was hooked. I loved the characters from very early on and loved the way they worked together and struggled to overcome their issues.

I liked these two together. With their common goal, though different motives, their working relationship served as the basis for everything that developed after their meeting. I loved the way they challenged each other both personally and professionally.

There were several twists that hit me unawares and I loved every one of them. This was a fast paced, good read. The connections that were developed early in the book created great ties between the characters, even as the characters don’t always realize the connections.

The bits of humor and lightness, especially as they develop the operational trust that has to form for them to work together, are exactly what I love about this series. It does a great job of showing the development of the personal relationship even as they fight to focus on the mission. Yes, it is a romantic suspense, but the humor keeps things light and keeps them moving throughout.

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.

Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2)
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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.

Chasing Danger (Deadly Ops #2.5 novella)
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Kim's 3.5 star review

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bound to Danger, a tale of a woman in danger and the one man who will keep her safe at all costs…

Chief Nursing Officer Hannah Young is accustomed to working under pressure, but even she’s still reeling in the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack on Miami. And things only get worse after a knife wielding maniac tries to kill her. Desperate for help, Hannah must turn to the one man she never thought she’d see again.

After spending an intensely passionate night with Hannah, NSA Agent and former Delta Force operative Dax Costas fell off the face of the earth. He got called away for a two week mission with no way to contact her. Now he can’t get the smart, sexy woman out of his head. She might be angry at him, but when it appears she has a stalker, Dax moves her under his roof and into his protection.

Unfortunately, whoever wants Hannah dead will stop at nothing. And if Dax can’t identify the perpetrator in time, it could be too late to discover if there is more between him and Hannah than just heated passion…


Edge of Danger (Deadly Ops #4)
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The new Deadly Ops novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of Shattered Duty—in the series that delivers “fast-paced romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat!”*

When an assassin tries to kill undercover DEA agent Tucker Pankov the same week his boss is taken out, Tucker has good reason to be paranoid. And when other members of his elite team are not only targeted, but stripped of top-secret security clearance, Tucker has one shot at discovering who wants them dead—and why. So he kidnaps the only woman he thinks can save them.

Brilliant NSA analyst Karen Stafford doesn’t like being forced into anything, especially by someone she doesn’t trust. Yet after a hijacked US-owned drone starts attacking government installations resulting in mass casualties, Karen has to take Tucker’s side.  Now, two unlikely allies must unite to prevent an escalating and unthinkable terrorist conspiracy. But as Tucker and Karen grow intimate, they realize the conspiracy runs deep, and their enemies are closer than anyone realized.

*New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden
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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