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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: Edge of Danger by Katie Reus



Katie Reus is one of only four romantic suspense authors who is an "Auto-Buy" for me. Her female characters are amazing and are NEVER TSTL.


Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Release Date: November 3, 2015

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.


Yippee another Deadly Ops novel!!




The same week his boss is murdered, undercover DEA agent Tucker Pankov and the men of his elite team are stripped of their security clearance and almost assassinated. Finding out who and why is going to be risky to say the least and he isn’t wasting any time. So he kidnaps a woman he thinks can help him and his men clear their names and find out who is behind the murder of a man they all loved and respected.

NSA analyst Karen Stafford becomes the unwilling hostage of a man who says he was framed for a murder of his boss. She’s reluctant to believe him but as more facts present themselves, Karen can’t help but think that he’s telling the truth. Working together brings them closer personally even as they begin to uncover an even bigger terrorist conspiracy than they ever imagined.

I love how Katie Reus doesn't waste a reader's time with a slow setup of events, her books just plunge into the deep end of the action and they don't stop until the end.

I was hoping that Edge of Danger was Tucker’s book because after meeting him in the previous book where he was undercover along with one of his buddies, I couldn’t get him out of my mind. He was definitely worth the curiosity and the wait since his real name hadn’t even been revealed until now. Think tall, sexy teddy bear… With a gun. And a score to settle.

Edge of Danger is a romantic suspense and Reus seems to know when to dial down the romance and when to amp it up in order to get the best possible response from a reader in each scene. I loved that there was plenty of action and danger but I appreciated that the romance wasn’t left out completely nor did it overshadow the real conflicts of the story. Her characters are always memorable without overpowering the supporting cast.

Reus is one of the very few authors who can write a damn good romantic suspense novel without sacrificing the intelligence, strength and usefulness of her female characters. Karen was spunky and fun but she was also an invaluable employee to the NSA. She wasn’t a field operative but she had nerves of steel! No hysterics from this woman even though one fit would have been justified. Karen pulled her weight every step of the way and never acted like she couldn’t do anything for herself. Talk about a self sufficient woman!

There was one thing that stood out for me about Edge of Danger though. It wasn’t as intense as previous books in the series. There isn’t any undercover work being done here, it’s a duck and run kind of story with plenty of twists and turns along the way. It had a different feel to it, the good kind!

Final Verdict: With Tucker’s story told, I have to wonder, will his team mates, especially that yummy Cole get their stories next? What exactly are these men going to do with themselves after an event like this?


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