A favorite theme of mine is when two people must flee a dicey threat and end up in a jungle setting, where they must tackle the hostile environment along with their mounting desire. Countless suspenseful dilemmas plus unanticipated emotional attachments make the first book in the ICE: Black Ops Defenders miniseries totally engrossing, as one riveting situation after another has been created by Melissa Cutler. Every heartfelt scene of TEMPTED INTO DANGER is absolutely amazing.
The secretive missions that Diego Santero and his black ops team become involved in for ICE are often risky. However, he thinks their latest assignment in Panama will be trouble-free but will still take precautions just in case. All they have to do is transport a female bank employee named Vanessa Crosby from her home to a secure location. The U.S. government needs the new program the analyst has developed in order to stop terrorist activities, but they want the meeting kept undisclosed.
When the seemingly simple task turns into a fight to stay alive for Diego and Vanessa, it takes all his skills to get them away from the mercenaries who want their plan to succeed. Hiding out in a rain forest seems like the only way to keep them alive, but even it has hidden dangers. Diego does not plan for his current mission to be a failure, especially when watching out for Vanessa’s welfare seems like more than his duty. Before the undertaking is over, this couple will have to face numerous trials and surprising feelings.
Melissa Cutler writes romantic suspense stories that immediately grab you and never let go. The beginning of TEMPTED INTO DANGER has plenty of intrigue and hostile danger quickly arises. When the physical threats to the main couple become all too real, the story becomes action-packed with hardly a moment for either the characters or the reader to take a calming breath. There is no way I could have stopped reading on several occasions, as the intensity of the moment compelled me to discover how everything would finally conclude. Ms. Cutler never failed to keep my full interest during every single second of TEMPTED INTO DANGER, and I could not stop thinking about Diego and Vanessa even after finishing. These two seem so believable, and their conversations are some of the most convincing I have ever read. They are both intelligent, and their witty remarks are clever and often caused some big chuckles. How they reacted to the various incidents that occur throughout the story proved there is much more to each of them than even they know. While I could tell Diego and Vanessa are very strong-minded individuals and have followed paths of their own making, they bring out the best in each other when they work together. He may be one tough, alpha guy, but he definitely has another side when it comes to those for whom he cares. Ms. Cutler has crafted a hero whom I would certainly want by my side when things go wrong and undeniably would love to wake up beside him each morning. Vanessa is also someone whom I would like in my life, as I see her as a loyal friend. Much of the story takes place in a hot, steamy rain forest, but the atmosphere where Diego and Vanessa make love is even more heated because of their explosive desire. The story is vividly described on every page, making it exceedingly easy to visualize details and feel as though I was right there, too. The adventures in TEMPTED INTO DANGER are realistic and nonstop, while the characters are particularly genuine. Do not know what future ICE: Black Ops Defenders books will be about, but I know they will be mesmerizing if they are anything like the first novel.
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All the adventures in the three books of The Hunted miniseries have been packed with dangerous threats, and the peril in the last story repeatedly takes a deadly turn. There are also plenty of tricky circumstances that must be dealt with correctly by the hero and heroine or justice may never be served. SPECIAL OPS EXCLUSIVE has everything you could want in a romantic suspense story. It has bad guys, plenty of secrets, lots of emotional altercations and powerful desire. Elle Kennedy writes from the heart and creates an enthralling novel.
Did the American government betray his Special Ops team and if true, who was responsible? These are the questions that Nick Prescott wants answered, and he has come to the country of Cortega in order to hopefully get the actual facts from an informant. He and two other Air Force soldiers have been hiding out for almost a year, and he wants this episode in his life to be over. A demonstration related to a recent election is taking place in the capital city, and although Nick is trying to stay clear of the huge crowd, he jumps in to rescue a female reporter who gets caught up in the violent mass of people.
Although Rebecca Parker will tackle any situation where she believes a news story needs to be reported, the TV journalist did find herself in trouble and is grateful to the handsome American who helped her. She comes to the conclusion there is also something about Nick that justifies her questioning him further, and they do talk for a short spell. When it comes time to leave, he emphatically tells her to forget about their time together and not to say anything about meeting him. The reporter in Rebecca cannot leave her doubts about Nick alone, and her inquiry brings threats into both their lives.
The bravely fearless heroine of SPECIAL OPS EXCLUSIVE certainly ruffles the generally calm nature of the hero, and this leads to numerous exchanges packed with intense emotional outbursts. Elle Kennedy has brought two individuals together whose extremely different personalities cause captivating scenes. While Rebecca does swap ideas with Nick, she is also remarkably good at instigating a course of action on her own and may not always follow the directions given to her. But I must say, while she does not always think through what she is going to do and its possible consequences, she can improvise on the spot and never gives up. Rebecca is a courageous woman whom I came to really admire. As for Nick, I have respected him from the moment he was met in the first book because of his outstanding personal traits. A true gentleman who is courteous and thoughtful, he also has a daring side and does what is required if needed. The relationship between Nick and Rebecca definitely starts off rocky, as their dissimilar views result in much friction. This does not keep their conversations from being smartly intelligent, and a number of their comments are very clever. While they may not always agree on what path to take, even when it comes to the sexual awareness of the other, there are some feelings they just cannot ignore. When they finally explore their desire, heatedly explosive responses are quickly ignited. Since this is the final book in the trilogy, ongoing secrets are ultimately exposed while other surprising revelations come to light. Nick and Rebecca are continuously being sought, and the uncertainty of when they will be threatened upped my immersion in the story. SPECIAL OPS EXCLUSIVE perfectly combines gripping conspiracies with steamy passion. An exceptional ending to The Hunted miniseries.
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Three teenage girls saw something horrendous while they were runaways, and they never told any of the facts to anyone. Yet someone does realize they know too much, and these unidentified individuals do not want the truth exposed even fifteen years later. Plenty of suspense makes the first book of the Buried Secrets trilogy constantly riveting, while the opposing views of the main characters draw you into their increasingly conflicted lives. FATAL EXPOSURE has perilous threats that result in impulsive decisions and heart-pounding moments.
A recent picture in a Baltimore newspaper sets a chain of events in motion which have far-reaching consequences. Although he is a cold-case detective, Parker McCall has never been able to find the woman he thinks is connected to the murder of his brother. But when he sees a picture of the famous photojournalist, B. K. (“Brynn”) Elliot, whose work pertains to those who live on the streets, he feels his search could almost be over.
While her photos are well-known, Brynn has kept her identity hidden because of an incident that occurred fifteen years ago when she was a young runaway. Now she fears the nameless persons who know her secret will come looking for her. When Parker manages to catch up with her, he has to keep reminding himself to think of her as a suspect and not someone who is vulnerable. Brynn does offer the detective some answers, yet neither is sure just how truthful the other is being or if important details are still being concealed.
FATAL EXPOSURE is one of those books where I accepted every aspect as being true, because there is believability is each detail written by Gail Barrett. When Ms. Barrett creates a scene, any emotions are genuine while the action is credible. Her characters are also very realistic with true-to-life responses, especially those of Parker and Brynn. These two have such mixed feelings about the other when they meet, and their opinions continuously change as they spend more time together. There are many uncertainties in both their lives, and these unknowns cause a number of doubts to keep popping up and make them wonder if trust can ever be freely given. Ms. Barrett gives much insight into the lives of this couple, and several of their reactions are definitely touching since the reasons are packed with realism. A few times, I was deeply moved because of adept writing by the author, as I could visualize all too well what was being heartbreakingly described. It takes a skilled writer to affect me so profoundly, and Ms. Barrett does so quite a few times. There is much tension between Parker and Brynn, and their sexual craving for the other is often what drives up the stress. Sincere feelings are behind any physical expressions of longing, and their desire seems openly honest. The danger that comes into the lives of this couple could often turn deadly in an instant, and sometimes surprising truths are also disclosed. I never knew what would happen or who would be involved, and this made the whole story totally entertaining. A friend of Brynn gets her story told next, and I cannot wait. FATAL EXPOSURE is an enthralling story of dangerous intrigue and intense passion.
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A great deal of the story is centered on the fact that someone is innocent until their guilt is proven in a court of law. Until all the details are brought out in the open, two individuals must face numerous obstacles that deeply affect their current relationship and often cause much anguish. Virna DePaul gives the hero and heroine plenty of life experiences, especially when they must search for answers relating to physical threats while moments of unexpected happiness also take place. DEADLY CHARADE has escalating danger and one emotional confrontation after another.
Although Tony Cooper knows he will never again be in the life of Linda Delaney, he still thinks about the future they could have shared if his actions would not have caused her to doubt him. It has been a long time since they spoke, but they once again see each other when he is blamed for killing a well-known drug dealer. Now Tony is in court for arraignment proceedings and she is to be his criminal prosecutor. Upon discovering one of the defendants in court is the man whom she once loved, Linda gets another lawyer to take over for her as she is too close to the accused.
Since Tony is really an undercover police officer but is pretending to have committed criminal acts, he must get everyone to believe he is a changed man with a ruthless personality. He may be taking a chance with his own life, but is willing to do so in order to hopefully find out who is selling a very dangerous drug. While he may not care about himself, he will not risk Linda being harmed and does all he can to push her away. He may hurt her emotionally, but at least she can remain safe unless she is too stubborn.
Using knowledge she learned as an actual criminal prosecutor, Virna DePaul makes her story totally convincing when it comes to legal procedures. The emotional conflicts between her main couple are also very realistic, as these problems could very well happen in the life of an average person. I lost count of the times I became profoundly involved in the lives of Tony and Linda, since so much goes wrong in their relationship. They frequently cannot hide the distress they feel when the other says something hurtful or a certain deed causes inner despair. Ms. DePaul had me understanding the feelings of these two on quite a few occasions, and I particularly wanted to cry for Tony when he had to keep how he really felt a secret. He is definitely a tortured hero because he wants to do what is right, but the cost to him is exceedingly high and each agonizing moment clearly comes across through skillful writing. I just wanted to hug this amazing man so many times for all he had prevailed over. Both he and Linda had been introduced in an earlier book by Ms. DePaul, but plenty about their background is given throughout the story so that nothing feels like it has been missed. While they may be able to keep a lot about their lives a secret from the other, the one area where Tony and Linda are extremely compatible plus honest is when they have sex. These encounters are often adventurous and always satisfying. Between threatening incidents in their lives and feelings that must remain unspoken, I never knew what type of situation would crop up next. DEADLY CHARADE is a passionate romance filled with unpredicted peril.
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Elle Kennedy states in her note to readers that she wishes the hero of SPECIAL FORCES RENDEZVOUS could actually be real, and I wholeheartedly agree with her after reading the story. A more ideal man could not have been written for the extremely feisty heroine, as this couple fights to keep others safe while their own feelings unexpectedly change with each passing day.
When Sebastian Stone arrives at the remote clinic in San Marquez where Dr. Julia Davenport works, he hopes to get some much needed answers. He was once a sergeant in a U.S. Special Forces unit, but a mission not only went wrong in this country but also continued to affect his life once back in the states. Now he and two other team members are hiding out until they can uncover who wants them dead. They think their problems are connected to a virus that was given to local residents in San Marquez, and Sebastian is in search of new facts before they can make any decisive choices.
At first, it appears Julia does not have any information that will help Sebastian. However, when her life becomes involved in a nearby medical crisis, he also becomes caught up in the harrowing situation. Now they are both hunted by someone who does not want what they know ever revealed. Sebastian and Julia try to unearth more data about the virus, as they fear additional innocent people may die. On a secret mission to obtain these answers, danger is constantly present along with their growing need for the other.
There is so much to love about SPECIAL FORCES RENDEZVOUS, as it flawlessly balances the suspense and romance. Elle Kennedy carries out the imaginative plot in The Hunted miniseries with chilling accuracy, as power and greed could possibly make the threat from this type of biological weapon become a reality in our time. The jeopardy to Sebastian and Julia because of circumstances related to this unthinkable scheme is frighteningly believable, and it definitely takes plenty of shrewd thinking on their part to stay one step ahead of those who do not want their secret exposed. At the beginning of the book, an event causes Julia much anguish. I was astonished by how well she kept herself together and did not fall apart. She continues to show this strong side of her nature in every situation, regardless of how hopeless things seem, and my respect for her only continued to go up with each new incident. While Julia and Sebastian are both upfront with the other when it comes to their opinions, his outlook on life is much darker than hers. When the reasons behind his behavior become known, I just wanted to hug this emotionally wounded man. Although these two could have had some arguments over what action they would take, they managed to work out any differences in rational ways and I liked them all the more for this trait. The sex between Sebastian and Julia is always passionately steamy, and either one will gladly relinquish control when it means they will receive an abundance of heated touches and overwhelming kisses. There are quite a few heart-pounding moments in the book as they seek the truth, and while several details are eventually learned, there is still more to discover when The Hunted miniseries continues with Nick’s story. SPECIAL FORCES RENDEZVOUS is a notably written Harlequin Romantic Suspense story because scenes are constantly gripping with danger yet often emotionally moving at the same time.
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