Release Reviews: A Covert Affair: Katie Reus

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

The explosively passionate new Deadly Ops novel from Katie Reus, the New York Times bestselling author of Edge of Danger.

After being wounded in action, NSA agent Nathan Ortiz comes home to Miami, eager to return to duty. 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 restaurateur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially to struggling women. Then 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 preying on the poor and weak. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to survive.

Recently off the injured list, Nathan Ortiz is chosen for an off-the-books op in his old stomping ground of Miami. He has no idea that the pursuit of missing women will bring him face to face with his first love, Amelia. She is a hard-working restaurant owner trying to give women in need a chance. But now some mysterious disappearances are leading back to her restaurants and a foundation run by Cade's wife, Maria. So the team begins an investigation where they are not sure where all the pieces will lead.

It takes them into a dark world where young women vanish to unknown ends. They are trying to stay ahead of those involved and out of harm's way. There are multiple possible antagonists, motives and mysteries.

Nathan is a hot protective alpha. Having a near death experience recently made him realize what he was missing. But he has a lot of resentment, questions, and pain stemming from their past. Amelia is sassy, smart, resourceful, and brave. But she still carries guilt from their past and fear of being rejected. The situation they find themselves lends itself to mistrust and wondering what hidden agendas there might be.

Nathan and Amelia are also trying to come to terms with being reunited and deal with the ghosts, pain, and guilt from their past while finding their connection and attraction has not waned. But there are secrets, trust issues, and lingering regrets and anger. It's a mix of lust and passion with a need for protection and forgiveness.

They had chemistry, passion and a long standing connection that neither of them ever forgot or could truly replace in their lives. But the secrets, hurt feelings and anger regarding their break up and lost years will have to be addressed to even find their footing in the present or move onto a possible future. And they also have to face the threats and danger and solve the mystery that the team is working on. Amelia seems to find herself getting deeper and deeper into the danger and Nathan is determined to keep her safe.

There were quite a few cameos from other team members: featured were Dax, Elliott, Karen, Wesley, Selene, Cade and his wife Maria. And a few other filtered in as the team hits Miami to take down the people responsible for crimes against women. I like the camaraderie and all of the skills of the team members. It was  a big mystery with several possible perpetrators. It was fast-paced and full of action, danger, suspense, and surprises. But it was also a sweet, sexy, second-chance love story.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nathan Ortiz is in Miami posing as one of his covers in order to keep a new crime power from stepping into the skin trade. He and his team are looking for any way they can get closer to those at the top of their list, and will use any means necessary to find what they are looking for.

Amelia Rios own 2 popular restaurants and has worked hard to have the stability she was missing as a child. Dating has never been a priority, as her focus was on her restaurants. But now that things are setting, she is taking a chance by going on a date with an antiquities dealer who has frequented her restaurant. That date puts her square in the sights of Nathan’s team, and Nathan -- her first love.

The history between these two added an interesting element to the story. Their reactions, built from that history, spoke volumes to to the connection they once had and the hurt between them that had not been addressed.

Their chemistry in the present was off the charts from the very first glance and only flamed hotter as they began working together. I actually had a hard time believing that Amelia’s original date didn’t recognize the fire burning between them, especially since several other characters commented on it. But it was not difficult to imagine they had both held the hurt from 12 years before while also feeling the heat in the present -- and that combination made me love them all the more.

The twists and turns in this story had me diving in headfirst and hardly looking up. Those surprise twists drive the story in such a way that you can’t help but hold on and enjoy the ride. Beyond the heat between the characters, the investigation they are a part of was full of suspense and mystery. I had my own suspicions (which were partially correct) but I loved watching how little clues would jump out, often long after I had read a particular clue.

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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…

Edge of Danger (Deadly Ops #4)
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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

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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