They were partners once
After an attack on the job that nearly killed her, Special Agent Celida Morales is determined to salvage her reputation in the FBI and get back to the career she loves. Domestic terrorism has left its mark on her—literally—and now she’s more determined than ever to leave her mark on it. But when a hostage situation takes an unexpected turn she’s confronted with the realization that she may not only lose the hostages, but also the only man she’s lost her heart to.
To be together now, this time they’ll have to risk it all
Hostage Rescue Team assault team leader Brad Tucker has always wanted Celida but professional conduct and her unwillingness to commit stood in the way. For more than a year he’s been juggling the increasing demands of his job and personal life, but after Celida was almost killed, none of those reasons matter anymore. Tuck knows it’s time to claim her and he’s ready to lay it all on the line. Then an op turns deadly and it’s a race to bring down a well-trained enemy bent on settling an old score, a man who doesn’t care how many innocent people get in his way.
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A great book
This is a great book and series. I can't wait for the next one. A must read.
Great follow up to MARKED. More emotional than suspenseful.
Tags: Romantic Suspense, FBI, Heroine: 29, Hero: 31, Interracial/Multicultural, Friends to Lovers
This was a great follow-up to the first book with yet another interracial couple, something I’m enjoying immensely. A bit of Celida (29) and Tucker’s (31) history was already touched upon in Marked, but even if you read these books out of order, you wouldn’t feel lost (however, past couples make cameos. If you don’t want the surprise to be ruined of who ends up with who, then read these in order).
I liked Celida’s confidence and tough chick persona when she was introduced in Marked and assigned to guard Rachel. She had a sweet side that no one got to see aside from her best friend, Zoe, Tuck’s cousin. Her near brush with death didn’t stop her from wanting to do her job, however nightmares, insomnia and self doubt plagued her off the clock. And then there was the matter with Tuck. Celida didn’t think she knew how to do long-term, but she was willing to try, for him.
Tuck was the perfect partner for Celida. I think the fact that they’d once been partners professionally and made a great team helped with their current predicament. They were already attracted, and they knew they could trust and rely on one another if they only managed to cross the last remaining hurdle. I loved that he wasn’t willing to compromise his wants and goals just to sleep with Celida. Nearly losing her twice made him decide it was worth risking rejection for a relationship rather than just sex, and he only hoped the fiercely independent woman would want him enough to give them a chance at love.
I loved them as a couple because they were both strong characters, respected among their peers, dedicated to their jobs, and yet they still had vulnerabilities to show they didn’t have everything figured out and planed to a T. Naturally, Celida was embarrassed about showing weaknesses, however she surprised me by letting Tuck in once he found out. I loved seeing the support, the tenderness and nonjudgmental side of him. When she pushed, he stayed strong, letting her know she could rely on him. I teared up a lot during the moments with Tuck’s father.
The suspense was great, especially seeing the HRT in action once again. Even though there are no surprises as to who the villains are or what their endgame is in this series, it didn’t lessen the excitement of seeing the story through till the end. I was more vested in how the main characters would deal with their worst fears coming true rather than mulling over the execution of evil plots. Next up, Zoe and Clay!