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.
Reus follows Targeted with a fast-paced high-stakes romantic thriller. Maria Cervantes, who turned her back on family wealth to become a children's advocate, attends a ritzy party and accidentally overhears a plot to blow up American landmarks. As she flees, the building explodes, killing dozens of Miami's elite. Maria, the only survivor, becomes both a target and a suspect: the bombers think she's a government snitch, and the government thinks she might be in on the plot. To make matters worse, her assigned NSA investigator is Cade O'Reilly, former Marine buddy of her late brother. Even though it's been eight years, Maria's still smarting from the abrupt way Cade dumped her after her brother's death. Reus cleverly complicates the plot with not-your-run-of-the-mill terrorists, a brief cameo by Targeted's Jack Stone, and plenty of ice, fire and steam between the damaged lovers. Strong characterization and steadily mounting tension are powerful weapons in this talented author's arsenal.
Bound To Danger
I'm just transitioning to the Rom suspense genre and couldn't have come across a better author than Katie Reus to relish in this new-to-me genre. She scored big in my "book" with this story.
Cade and Maria are reunited after a bomb attack kills Maria's mother and causes Maria's life to enter some kind of life and death situation. Cade, a NSA special agent, jumps at the opportunity to help and see Maria Cervantes, and old friend who could've been more than that at one time but decided to break ties with her following her brother's death while they were both deployed in Afghanistan. She never forgot how he just left her to deal with her brother's death when they were such good friends, keeping up the friendship through emails and mailed gifts. The build up of their relationship was created consistently and very believable. Of course we know they would end up together in the end but the tension was always welcomed ;)
I always start my reviews with the interaction of the main characters because that is a very important part of the book for me. However, the action packed, adventure, fast-paced, suspense-filled plot that you find from page one will leave you wanting more. The antagonists are not one-dimensional as may be in other stories. Sometimes you can even feel their pain and understand the reason behind their vendettas. Other characters filled out the pages superbly, convincingly and again, very believable. I mean, I'm no expert when it comes to how any governmental agent should act but the way they are presented gives me no reason to think they would react differently given the same circumstances. I feel there is not a moment wasted in meaningless scenes and it all belong in the book. Totally enjoyable and entertaining read.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Although I like your writing style, I was very disappointed at the very same plot as "Targeted." I was looking forward to reading more of your books but now I'm very turned off 😔
Great Suspense and Romance
Bound to Danger is the second book in the Deadly Ops Series by Katie Reus. This book followed the premise of the first one in that a solider, who has nothing to lose, is offered the opportunity to work for a top secret part of the NSA – the catch – they need to give up their old life. In a perfect world, that would work, however it seems that their old lives have a way of colliding with their new employment. Six years ago, Cade O’Reilly was a marine with pretty much nothing to lose – he was at the top of his game, he was preforming top secret missions for the CIA and at his peak. His record singles him out as someone who would be an asset to the Black Ops team operated by the NSA. Since Cade has no family, he can keep his name and his past (unlike the others in the Unit), if he decides to work for the NSA. Maria Cervantes is a part of Cade’s past. Maria overhears a terrorist plot but before she can inform anyone, she witnesses an explosion, which causes her to have amnesia. Enter Cade. Cade knew Maria when he and her brother were in the same marine unit. Cade and Maria’s brother were best friends. After Maria’s brother dies Cade cuts her out of his life as feels responsible for her brother’s death. After the explosion, Cade shows up, in Maria’s hospital’s room to ask her questions about the incident, as many influential people were killed. Maria, of course, is angry and hurt. She has not heard from Cade in eight years (since her brother died) and he shows up asking her questions on the day her mother is killed in the explosion. Cade and Maria have a lot of history to get through. The character interaction is great. The suspense keeps you on the edge. The plot is well developed and believable. Will Maria remember? Will Cade and Maria find their way to each other? Can Cade protect Maria from the terrorists? Are they the only ones with an agenda or are there others? There was some heat to the book but it was not over the top. I would recommend this book and give a sold 4 and ½ stars. Ms. Reus is one of my go to authors for a good read – and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a lot of action and suspense with romance thrown in.
I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.