About Emmy Curtis
When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab.
All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: March 1, 2016
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But when her wedding erupts in gunfire, Sadie Walker realizes this is not the life she wants-her fiancé's work with Delta Force will always cast a shadow over their relationship. After leaving the hard-muscled hero at the altar, she thinks she'll never see him again . . . until a chance encounter reveals that he still has a strong grip on her heart.
On a covert assignment overseas, Simon Tennant is shocked when he spots Sadie with another man. Jealousy flares, as does an irresistible urge to keep her protected. Amid a dangerous game of international espionage, he'll have to convince Sadie just how perfect they've always been together. This time, nothing will take precedence over winning her back, no matter the cost to his cover-or his life . . .
But wait! Almost a year passes from that fateful day to the present and in that time Sade did a total reversal of her former personality. Since her wedding day, she had applied for, been accepted and was already on an assignment for the CIA! Granted, it was a beginner’s assignment but still, Sadie managed to uncover something more sinister that brings her right back into Simon’s life. So how did she match up to Simon?
In a word: Awesome. The mousy, whiny Sadie was gone and in her place was a passionate, fiery, intelligent woman that wasn’t going to take crap from anyone, especially her ex-fiance. I had my “Team Sadie” banner out and waving waaaay before I reached the halfway mark. She was more than enough to stand with Simon, not behind him. She held her own in tough spots and knew how to defend herself. She may have lost some fights but she never let anyone make her a victim or a damsel in distress. I loved how she threw Simon off his game with all her changes, both physical and mental. It’s rare when a heroine truly leaves the hero off balance and unsure of her so I just couldn’t help but be impressed by her.
But how about Simon? He was a tricky one to figure out for most of the book. It was clear he wanted Sadie back but the question was, did he want her back the way he remembered her or did he want the new and improved Sadie? No doubt about it, she messed with this guy’s head and it may make me seem mean but I loved that he was so off balance with her! Simon was so sure about pretty much everything in his professional life, it was great to see him vulnerable and unsure about his personal life. It evened the playing field between him and Sadie.
The action scenes and suspense in Compromised began from the first page and didn’t let up until the last moment creating a brisk but smooth pace that kept me up late several times. If it hadn’t been for that darn “Adulting” I would have been able to finish this book in about two days. You can always tell how much I’m enjoying a book by how cranky I get when I have to put it down. I would rate my crankiness level an 8 out of 10 with this book. Basically a “Duck and Cover!” Situation where if you have a death wish then go ahead and interrupt but be ready to duck any objects thrown at your head. This is the first book I’ve read by Emmy Curtis but Compromised is the fifth book in the Alpha Ops series. It can be read as a standalone but this book hoarder needs to get her hands on the previous ones. It’s a good thing there’s such thing as “Throwback Thursday Reviews” on the blog!
Seriously though, I got so wrapped up in this book, over the course of a week that I 1.) Lost track of time. 2.) Burned my dinner twice and 3.) Got put on Mr. Pud’s “Poo List” for stepping on his tail (aka “Larry”) and ignoring the pile of shoes he was building from all the closets in the house (which he then exchanges for snacks).
Final Verdict: I got what I wanted out of this well written romantic suspense novel: A dangerous setting, a dashing hero and best of all, a totally independent, kick ass female who wasn’t going to be a damsel in order for a man to feel like a hero. Simon and Sadie were both heroes and most importantly, they were partners. This is a series I will definitely be following from now on.
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