Review: Targeted by Katie Reus

Tuesday, October 22

Title:  Targeted*
Author:  Katie Reus
Series: Deadly Ops, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Signet
Format: ebook
Date/Year: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

TARGETED is the first in a new series by Katie Reus titled Deadly Ops and it is an excellent beginning.  Both Jack and Sophie are strong, likable characters and the storyline of espionage and rescue is engrossing.

I can’t actually say Sophie stumbles on the criminal dealings taking place in her office because she goes looking when her suspicions are raised.  And that is a good description of her personality.  If things aren’t right, Sophie wants to know why and what can be done to fix them.  Unfortunately, this time she has gotten into something that is going to get her killed.

Enter the NSA and Jack Stone.  The NSA was already investigating Sophie’s employer and wants the information she has found.  Jack is the perfect agent to send because he is actually the young man Sophie loved when she was a teenager and has thought dead for many years.  The agency has changed Jack’s appearance enough that he is unrecognizable, but there is something about his eyes.

TARGETED is primarily a series of scenes in which Jack has to save Sophie from the bad guys, but more importantly, it is the story of two people who have always loved one another discovering each other again.  I felt so sorry for Jack because he still loves Sophie, but he cannot tell her that he is really Sam.  He wants to comfort her as a lover, but has to act like they are two people who have just met.  I really liked that Jack’s feelings were shown to be just as strong as Sophie’s.

Two additional characters are interested and I really hope book two will be about them.  I cannot find any information about the sequel, but I will be buying it as soon as it is available.


Overall: 4 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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