Series: Deadly Ops #2
Published by Signet on August 5th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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.
I love Katie Reus’ Red Stone Security series, but since that series is complete, I decided to try some of her books from her Deadly Ops series. I have just been loving Romantic Suspense lately, and Katie Reus does good romantic suspense. Bound to Danger is the second book in the Deadly Ops series, and I actually ended up liking this more than I was expecting to.
Bound to Danger is about Maria Cervantes, a community activist in Miami. At a benefit dinner, there is an explosion, and Maria is the only one to survive. The explosion is an attack, and the NSA is working to investigate this attack, and to stop future attacks. So Maria is of super interest to them. Here is were the hero comes in. Cade O’Reilly is the NSA agent that is working with Maria to protect her, and to figure out what is going on. Cade and Maria knew each other when they were younger. Cade was friends with her brother, and they both served in the military. When Maria’s brother was killed, Cade didn’t handle it well, and they drifted apart. Now Cade is back, and it brings back all the feels!
Maria was so easy to love. I felt so bad for her after the attack. She has survivor’s guilt, being the only survivor of the attack, and not recalling the events leading up to the explosion. But her mother also was killed in the attack, so it’s made so much worse for Maria. She’s doing her best to grieve, and to remember what happened right before the explosion so she can help the NSA. She’s also having to deal with her unresolved feelings for Cade.
I liked Cade a lot too. I understood why he didn’t handle things so well after his best friend (Maria’s brother) died. Grief is hard on everyone. Cade is the strong capable type, and you guys, that so works for me. He’s super protective of Maria, and he is trying to help her deal with everything.
It was so easy to root for Cade and Maria. I liked them so much, and I complete bought into their chemistry and connection. I couldn’t wait for them to figure things out. The action is fast-paced, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. But I did have some issues.
The one thing that really brought me out of the story, though, was all the time spent with the bad guys. I mean, I just don’t care about that, and didn’t really feel like it was necessary. Also, I got real sick of the definitions at the beginning of each chapter. These words or phrases aren’t exactly unknown. And as much as I enjoyed reading this one, it didn’t stick with me at all. In fact, I wrote almost the whole review before I realized I was reviewing a different book.
That said, Bound to Danger by Katie Reus surprised me. I liked this so much more than I was expecting. If you love Romantic Suspense, with lots of action and a stand-up hero, you should totally give this one a try.
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