Revenge came at a heavy price.
Valkyrie hacker Amber Brown is deadly in her own right, but her preferred weapon is a keyboard. So after her teammates left her for dead, she took her revenge the way she was trained to—swiftly and brutally. Except one of her targets might be innocent. To right that wrong, Amber vows to rescue the at-risk Valkyrie no matter the cost, and this time she's working alone. So when a sexy stranger shows up in the middle of a firefight and announces he's been sent by her sister, it's going to take a whole lot more than his word to make her trust him.
Chasing redemption may prove deadly.
Elite gun for hire Jesse Cordova lives on the edge of the law. When a new job offer sets off warning bells, he digs deeper and finds the startling truth. The woman he's been tasked with capturing is a secret government assassin, and Amber Brown is unlike any target he's gone after before. But bringing her in opens them up to a whole new level of danger, pitting them against one of the most ruthless assassins in the world. Now that the sexy Valkyrie has stolen his heart, Jesse will risk everything to see their mission through—knowing that the only way this ends is with one of them dying.
dramatic story of deception and retribution
COVERT VENGEANCE is the second instalment in Kaylea Cross’ contemporary, adult VENGEANCE romantic suspense series focusing on a group of women once known as the Valkyrie-members of a secret CIA government project. This is thirty-four year old, hacker and Valkyrie Amber Brown, and former Marine Raider now assassin for hire Jesse Cordova’s story line. COVERT VENGEANCE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary but I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion as there is an ongoing arc throughout. The VENGEANCE series is a spin-off from the author’s HOSTAGE RESCUE TEAM series. You do not have to have read the original series to follow or understand but it is recommended to read DISAVOWED (Hostage Rescue Team #4).
Told from several third person perspectives including Amber and Jesse COVERT VENGEANCE follows Jesse Cordova as he is one of four assassins for hire looking to take down our story line heroine. Amber Brown’s past has finally caught up with her and in this, the take down of a former Valkyrie has placed a target on our heroine’s back. Unaware of what was about to transpire Amber finds herself on the run when more than one assailant is hoping to earn a hefty payday. Enter former Marine Raider and assassin for hire Jesse Cordova, the man with whom Amber will fall in love. On a search and rescue mission of her own, Amber will come face to face with her former roommate and training partner Kiyomi, as well as the woman Amber was hoping to extract. What ensues is the building relationship between Amber and Jesse, and the potential fall-out as the new group of Valkyrie survivors must enact a plan to protect one of their own.
Amber Brown has been betrayed by one or more of her former Valkyrie but recent information has our heroine believing she may have been set up to destroy the women with whom she once worked. Jesse Cordova knew something wasn’t right with the latest assassin request, something that forced our hero to pull back and protect the woman with whom he would fall in love
The relationship between Jesse and Amber begins acrimoniously when Amber suspects Jesse to be one of four assassins but to Amber’s surprise Jesse will do an about face and help our heroine take down the man who placed the target on her back. The slow building romance struggles with Amber’s inability to trust due to years of betrayal at the hands of her handers, as well as her need for independence and striking out on her own, something instilled in the Valkyrie program. The $ex scenes are passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters. We are reintroduced to former SAS veteran Marcus Laidlaw; Valkyrie Megan and her significant other Tyler Durant (Stealing Vengeance #1), as well as consultant and retired SF and NSA agent Alex Rycroft, Trinity, and Miguel and Georgia Bautista (Hostage Rescue Team Series).
COVERT VENGEANCE is a story of betrayal, secrets, and retribution; of family, sisterhood, second chances and love. The premise is intriguing and entertaining; the romance is intimate; the characters are spirited and edgy. COVERT VENGEANCE is a dramatic story of deception, retribution and love.