Audio Review: Edge of Danger by Katie Reus

Audio Review: Edge of Danger by Katie ReusEdge of Danger by Katie Reus
Series: Deadly Ops #4
Published by Signet on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

The new Deadly Ops novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shattered Duty—in the series that delivers “fast-paced romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat!”

When an assassin tries to kill undercover DEA agent Tucker Pankov the same week his boss is taken out, Tucker has good reason to be paranoid. And when other members of his elite team are not only targeted, but stripped of top-secret security clearance, Tucker has one shot at discovering who wants them dead—and why. So he kidnaps the only woman he thinks can save them.

Brilliant NSA analyst Karen Stafford doesn’t like being forced into anything, especially by someone she doesn’t trust. Yet after a hijacked US-owned drone starts attacking government installations resulting in mass casualties, Karen has to take Tucker’s side.  Now, two unlikely allies must unite to prevent an escalating and unthinkable terrorist conspiracy. But as Tucker and Karen grow intimate, they realize the conspiracy runs deep, and their enemies are closer than anyone realized.

Katie Reus is an author I turn to when I’m not sure what to read. I usually enjoy her books, and I find then engrossing, but not really emotionally stressful. I was in the mood for a unstressful read at the end of December and so I jumped into a Katie Reus’s Deadly Ops series. Edge of Danger was exactly what I was expecting: fast paced, relatively stress-less, with great characters.

Edge of Danger is the 4th book of Katie Reus’s Deadly Ops series. This novel focuses on Karen Stafford, who is a brilliant NSA Analyst, and DEA Agent Tucker Pankov. When Tucker’s boss at the DEA is killed, and an attempt to kill Tucker and other DEA agents occurs, Tucker and the other agents go into hiding while they try to figure out what is going. They realize they need the help of Karen, and so they kidnap her, although they do feel bad about scaring her. After they convince her to help them, they work together to figure out what’s happening. And of course Tucker and Karen fall for each other, because this is a romance novel (seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way).

I loved Karen. I met her in the previous Deadly Ops books, and I liked her right away. She’s very intelligent, thinks fast, and has great instincts. But Karen can also be vulnerable and frightened, and I thought that Reus showed that well in Edge of Danger.

Tucker was a great, typical Reus hero. He’s strong, and super awesome at his job as an undercover DEA agent. He feels really guilty about kidnapping Karen, but he also feels like he doesn’t have any choice. And of course, he isn’t going to actually hurt it. Not that it’s okay to kidnap someone, but I was willing to go with it.

Look, I realize that starting a romantic relationship under these circumstances is not at all realistic, but I was soo here for it. Tucker and Karen just meshed well together. I loved them together, and really just want them together forever.

As with the other Deadly Ops books I’ve read, there is definitely too much time spent with the bad guys, though. I don’t need to see their motivation or their planning. I also didn’t love the vocab lesson at the beginning of every chapter. Especially because I recently read some others from this series that had the same vocabulary.

If you like romatnic suspense, you should definitely look into Katie Reus’s novels. They are fast-paced and fun, and the romances are ususally great. That said, I like her Red Stone Security series more than this series.

three-half-stars

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4 Responses to “Audio Review: Edge of Danger by Katie Reus”

  1. Nick

    Kidnapping romances can be a bit iffy for me, but if they are handled well, I enjoy them. It sounds like it’s definitely written well here.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    You’ve got this series firmly on my TBR. I love romantic suspense though I don’t read nearly enough of it. I’m iffy on the kidnapping plot. I’ve come across a few that work and this sounds like one of them. I really need to check this series out!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Kidnapping plots don’t always work, that’s for sure. I didn’t mind it here, because I knew how conflicted the guys were about it, and that they never wanted to hurt her. But still, she didn’t know that.

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