Release Review: Taking Fire: Cindy Gerard

Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks #4)
Cindy Gerard 
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Expected February 23, 2016

Betrayal. Retribution. Redemption?

Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damn sure he’s been played for a fool...

Six years ago Bobby "Boom Boom" Taggart and Talia Levine shared a week of comfort and lust and in the end he was left used, betrayed, angry, and as heartbroken as a bad a** alpha can get. She had her secrets, sense of duty, and agenda already in place before she knew him and had to go through with it. 

In the present their lives are different and they meet again only to find themselves in a seriously dangerous situation. They have to work together and trust each other. Their lives and someone else's depends on it. It is a race to find her enemies, stay alive, and perform the most important rescue of their lives.

Talia is tough, smart, and has her own set of survival skills. But she is full of anxiety, grief, and worry. She has guilt about the past and about the situation in the present. It is easy to want to rely on Bobby who she felt a connection with and who is a good protector and strategist. And it is hard to ignore that she has still has feelings for him.

But Bobby still has lingering issues of anger and betrayal. He is struggling with trust, forgiveness, and his own fear regarding the situation.  He is guarded and times strives to be unreachable, but he has an inner vulnerability and it is hard to resist their intense chemistry.

She needs Bobby by her side during this ordeal and he has much needed assets. He calls in his team for reinforcements on this important mission. The team has their work cut out for them to get in and get the job done and keep everyone safe. There's threats, revenge, kidnapping, killing, and plenty of guns and bombs.

And even after the major action slows down, there is still more relationship development that needs to occur. It will take a lot for Bobby to be able to trust, forgive and let her in again. It is a big risk. He let her in once against his better judgment, and her secrets, betrayal, and abandonment left him feeling like a fool and had big consequences. Talia is willing to fight, but takes rejection hard. She knows trying to get another chance will not be an easy task. And there are also other individuals involved that impact both of their lives and need attention.

This was a romantic suspense, second chance love story full of action and danger, but also humor, emotions,  and steam. Bobby and Talia had a strong connection that was broken and damaged, but was hard to resist. 

But is there something that can repair it and give them a fighting chance at a future together?

I enjoyed the team camaraderie and banter. There are visits from many of his friends from the One-Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams. But it also works as a stand-alone story. I liked both Bobby and Talia even though he could be really stubborn and she made some unpopular choices. I was able to understand her motivations at the time. I felt like they were a good match and really wanted to see them succeed and move forward from the past. This story did not just focus on the mission, but also relationship building, healing, and forgiveness. There was plenty of sexual tension, chemistry, passion, and emotions mixed in with the pulse pounding action and danger.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

An exciting new series featuring Mike "Primetown" Brown, a character from her popular "Black Ops, Inc." series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different--until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan.

CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike's team--which included her husband--in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she's determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn't trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can't live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

The Way Home (One-Eyed Jacks #2)
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Kim's 4 star  review

A heartwarming Christmas story from the New York Timesbestselling “true master of romantic suspense” (Romantic Times). 

Four years ago Jess Albert got the news that her husband Jeff was killed in action in Afghanistan, and a painful void entered her life. The more time passed, the more acutely she felt that emptiness. But when Tyler Brown, former military hero and all-around alpha male, shows up a year after she’d last seen him, Jess gradually begins to realize there is one thing that can make her feel whole again—love.

As they’re planning their wedding and new life together, Jess receives shocking news: her husband is alive, under the care of a young Afghani woman hiding him from the Taliban. Even as he sees their happily-ever-after slip away, Ty arranges for the One Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams to make a daring and dangerous rescue mission to bring Jeff home. The hardest thing Ty or Jess has ever done is to let the other go.

When Jeff returns to Jess, broken physically and emotionally and with no memory of their history, they try to heal their marriage and each other. But as time brings them together more as friends than lovers, an unexpected development helps them see the true way home, to the people they love.

Running Blind (One-Eyed Jacks #3)
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Tension sizzles in this new book in the One-Eyed Jacks series by New York Times bestseller Cindy Gerard: a sexy, pulse-pounding story featuring special ops agent Jamie Cooper and a female cyber analyst as they fight for justice and fall in love.

No commitments, no promises, no looking back. Those are her rules. They used to be his rules, too. Counterterrorism operative and shameless playboy Jamie Cooper has gone head-to-head with some formidable opponents, but none so quick-witted, free-spirited, and smokin’ hot as security analyst Rhonda Burns. She lives up to her name, all fiery passion and zero inhibitions. 

In the wake of a sniper attack that leaves a close friend clinging to life, the duo is pegged to undertake the One-Eyed Jacks’ latest security mission alone—an assignment that leads them to a top-secret desert military facility. Almost immediately, the sexual tension that has been brewing for months erupts, blindsiding Rhonda and Jamie with the intensity of their feelings. They try to play it cool, but when an elite terrorist team makes the future uncertain, they ask themselves: is it now or never?

One-Eyed Jacks Series is a spin off from the Black Ops series

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Cindy Gerard has forty plus titles in print. In addition to 7 RITA nominations and 2 Rita wins, Cindy has numerous RT nominations and various awards to her credit. Each book of her single title romantic suspense series, Black Ops Inc, has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller top 20 list. Cindy writes sexy, heart-pounding romantic suspense and has had her work twice featured in COSMOPOLITAN Magazine as Red Hot Reads.


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