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Monday, February 29, 2016

Early Review: A Covert Affair by Katie Reus

I can't get enough of Katie Reus' books! It seems like she's got a series for everyone! Plus she's one of the few authors who writes the type of heroines I LOVE to read about in romantic suspense!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: March 1, 2016

After being wounded in action, NSA agent Nathan Ortiz comes home to Miami, eager to return to duty. But he doesn't expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over.

A beautiful, successful restaurateur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially to struggling women. Then a woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and, unfortunately, she isn’t the first to go missing.

Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world, working side by side with Nathan, the only man she’s ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy preying on the poor and weak. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to survive.

Being back on active duty after being injured on a previous job is all NSA agent Nathan Ortiz thought he wanted until he comes face to face with Amelia Rios, the girl he loved and lost when he was a teen. Amelia is caught in the middle of an investigation involving missing women. One of the women had been recently employed at one of Amelia's popular restaurants so she's naturally the right person to help Nathan find out who is taking the women. With the unresolved history between them and an even stronger attraction between them, Nathan and Amelia have a lot to deal with

I’ve yet to be disappointed in a Deadly Ops novel because Katie Reus knows just how to put together a tight, edge of your seat, hot as hell romantic suspense!

I love how each book in the series is connected but only slightly so that if a reader (i.e. Me) wants to jump right in with the most current release, the story is easy to follow and nothing about previous books is spoiled to the point where there’s no enjoyment in going back to the beginning.

Nathan’s such a good guy, a genuinely good, caring guy but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he probably knows fifty ways to kill someone quietly. He’s pretty confident and freely admitted to himself that while Amelia broke his heart when they were younger, he still cared deeply for her and there was never a moment where he acted like he resented her which was different. It made him the more emotionally invested one between the two. There was something so stable and secure about Nathan that up until now wasn’t the case with this series’ heroes. They usual had some bad baggage they had to dump before falling in love but Nathan was already there. Definitely gave A Covert Affair a different feel emotionally and it worked for me.

With Nathan being the more emotionally invested character, it was Amelia who held back and with good reason. She carried a lot of regret for the way her relationship with Nathan ended but she still had strong feelings for him. I really did like the role reversal here because it changed the dynamic of the relationship between the characters and did away with the obstinate hero in denial over his feelings. Amelia was such a likable woman, warm and caring but when pushed she could deliver a set down like a pro. She wasn’t a pushover but she wasn’t completely unreasonable. Her passionate nature fit so well with Nathan’s slow simmer persona.

A Covert Affair brought the mystery and suspense with Nathan and Amelia working together with their friends to find out why women are disappearing without a trace in Miami. This book, like its predecessors moves at a brisk, even pace, making it feel like a romantic suspense. There really isn’t a dull moment in the entire story, Reus’ focus is either on the missing women or on building a new relationship between Nathan and Amelia out of the ashes of their old one. Both aspects blended together to make me lose track of time.

There were a few quick scenes involving some characters from previous books, Levi and Selene are one of my favorite couples in the series so when they had a few brief moments in A Covert Affair I felt like I was visiting old friends.

Final Verdict: Each book in the Deadly Ops series is a pleasure to read. Katie Reus is one of the few romantic suspense authors who understands the appeal of a strong heroine who does her best to fight her own battles which is why A Covert Affair was such a good read for me. It’s the fifth book and I hope the series continues for a very long time.

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