Series: Deadly Ops #1
Published by Signet on October 1st 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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.
I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy Katie Reus’s romantic suspense novels. Her Red Stone Security series is my favorite, but I have been enjoying her Deadly Ops series lately. So I decided to give Targeted, the first book in the Deadly Ops, series a try. While I am glad I read Targeted, I wasn’t completely sold on this novel.
Targeted is about NSA agent Jack Stone and Sophie Moreno. Jack (although he went by a different name at the time) and Sophie were very close when they were in high school. They were a couple, but ended up splitting up. Jack signed up for the military, and they lost touch. Then Jack was recruited for the NSA, and literally given a new face and a new identity, and Sophie was notified that Jack was dead. Years later, Jack is assigned to a case that involves Sophie’s employer. When he sees Sophie again he is still super into her, and Sophie is into Jack, but she doesn’t realize that he was her former boyfriend. And then there is danger, and trying to solve the mystery and of course they fall for each other.
Okay, so there was a lot I liked about Targeted. I really liked both Sophie and Jack. They are both good people that I could root for. Jack was really swoony, super good looking and knows how to handle himself in a dangerous situation. Jack is still so in love with Sophie, even after all these years, but he’s staying away because he thinks that is what she wants. Sophie is a heroine I can get behind. She wants to do the right thing when she discovers her boss may be up to something fishy. She’s also confused because whenever she’s around Jack, she is reminded of her old boyfriend (whom she believes is dead), and she doesn’t know how to feel about that.
I was definitely here for Jack and Sophie’s romance. They have chemistry, but their connection is about more than just physical attraction. Targeted is also very fast-paced with lots of action. That said, sometimes the story got bogged down with time spent with the baddies. I also thought that some of the storylines were left unfinished, which was a bit disappointing.
My biggest issue, though, was all about this “new face” that Jack has. It really made no sense whatsoever for Jack to have a new face. He is the only one in his secret section of the NSA, and it was really just a plot device to add conflict to the romance. It was really silly, and I could never completely forget about it.
Still, Targeted by Katie Reus was a fun read. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was enjoyable. If you like romantic suspense, with a swoony hero, look into this one.