Release Reviews: Edge of Danger: Katie Reus

Edge of Danger (Deadly Ops #4)
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Expected November 3, 2015 

The new Deadly Ops novel from the New York Times bestselling 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.

Quote from *New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden
Tucker Pankov's elite DEA team just lost their leader and  became targets themselves. Someone is trying to eliminate them and if not, at least ruin their credibility and make them wanted men. 

In a desperate attempt to talk to Wesley Burkhart, The Director of the NSA, who was their boss's trusted friend, they kidnap NSA computer analyst Karen Stafford.

Tucker is charismatic, intense, protective, and intuitive. Karen is smart, sweet, resourceful, sassy, and a whiz on analyzing data and understanding people. Although the situation is scary for Karen, she  is brave and soon comes to realize that all is not as it seems.

Soon everything escalates from bad to worse with set ups, cover ups, political terrorism, and attacks. Tucker and Karen develop a rapport, find themselves thrust into situations that they have to work together and  become protective of each other. Karen finds herself wanting to help Tucker and his friends clear their names. And they find themselves growing closer, developing an attraction, and sexual tension that just adds to their complicated situation. They will have to learn to trust and handle the strong feelings they are feeling in the midst of intense circumstances.

It will take all of their expertise, resources, and friends to figure out who the threat is and dismantle it. It is hard to know who to trust and what the agenda really is. But the threats keep getting bigger and the repercussions more dangerous not only for themselves but the public as well.

Can these ousted DEA agents and the NSA work together to bring down the perpetrators and in turn save lives? And what will happen to them when the adrenaline rush is over?

Some of the characters from previous books are featured including Wesley, Selena, Elliot, and Nathan Ortiz (he will be the hero in the next book A Covert Affair). We also spend time with Tucker's team Cole, Brooks, and Kane. I enjoyed the team work and interactions. I liked getting both Tucker and Karen's points of view. The characters were really likable and relatable. Tucker was alpha and protective, but also charming and caring. And Karen was courageous, tough, and supportive. The story line had many layers, but the author was clear in explaining all of the political, financial, and power ramifications and motivations. I really enjoy this fast paced series with just the right amount of drama, suspense, mystery, steam, humor, and romance. 

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Tucker Pankov and his men are on the run. Someone has murdered their boss and set them up to look like terrorists. But they are determined to find justice for Max as well as to clear their names.

Karen Stafford is a top analyst for the NSA. Her proximity to NSA Director Wesley Burkhart painted her as a target for Tucker and his men to get a message to Wesley without alerting those who were after them.

What started as a kidnapping in order to set up a meeting with her boss turns into something more as the pair continue to outrun the unknown danger.

There were times I was engrossed in this story, and other times where I was not as invested. Something about the storyline just didn’t click with me completely. It may have been the slight confusion I felt in the beginning about who the various narrators were, as there are multiple voices introduced in quick succession. Or it could have just been me. But something kept me from truly falling in love with these characters and the story.

I was really pulled into few really well choreographed large action scenes. With multiple perspectives and multiple locations, several of these scenes really drive the danger and threats that hover over Tucker and Karen. 

The action in general is split between scenes from Tucker and Karen’s perspectives, as well as the perspectives of those involved in the political plot. The identities of those other narrators is hazy until the end, but part of what did pull me into this story was trying to figure out who each of those nefarious personalities were. 
ARC provided by the publisher 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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Our 4 to 4.5 star reviews

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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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…

Shattered Duty (Deadly Ops #3)

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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…


A Covert Affair  (Deadly Ops #5)
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Expected March 2016

She’s the only woman he ever loved…

Returning to duty after being wounded in action, NSA Agent Nathan Ortiz has returned home to Miami, eager to get back in the game. But he doesn't expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over.

A beautiful, successful restauranteur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially struggling women. A woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and unfortunately, she isn't the first to go missing.

Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world working side by side with Nathan, the only man she's ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy who is out to destroy them. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to make it out alive.

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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