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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: Risk of Exposure by Emmy Curtis

Can I just reiterate how much I love this series! I still have like two books to catch up on but still, they've been winners so far!

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: May 3, 2016

He is a trained professional—but nothing can prepare him for the hottest mission of his life. Assigned to protect his boss’s daughter, British former SAS operative Malone Garrett breaks the first rule of covert surveillance—don’t make contact. And especially don’t take your mark out to dinner, then agree to a rooftop quickie. But now that Mal has Abby in his arms, he has no intention of ever letting her go.

Abby Baston told herself it was a hit and quit, a one-nighter with a hot, handsome stranger whose hands were trained to take action. Working undercover for the CIA, she can’t risk anything more. But when an international crisis ignites, Abby must make a call: trust Mal with her secret—and her heart—and partner up, or lose everything in a split second

What sounds so simple is usually the most complicated! Basically Malone Garrett has been assigned to COVERTLY protect his boss’s daughter but instead he makes contact, takes her to dinner and then things get physical and way more complicated because Abby isn’t who she seems and isn’t interested in more than a one and done with Mal but when a situation turns deadly she has to choose whether to trust Mal to help her or not.

Malone Garrett could be described as a jaded but charming smart ass with more than a touch of a hero complex. That means I loved him! No matter how dangerous a situation was, Mal always had some kind of sarcastic remark to make that would lighten the situation just a wee bit. And is there anything sexier than a British accent? Come on, I can’t be the only one who is a sucker for that particular accent.

What’s not to like about Abby? She’s not the defenseless woman she seems to be, she’s smart, she’s tough, and she’s brave. Most importantly, she was in charge of her own mission. She didn’t hand it off to Mal when things got tough, she made sure he knew it was her op and if he wanted to help then he had to follow her lead. Can you say boss? I love her take charge attitude and her competency as a CIA agent. It wasn’t all talk on Abby’s part; she backed it up with some serious skills. And enough sarcasm to match Mal!

Every time Mal and Abby were in a scene together it was like a ping pong match with them trying to outdo each other in the snappy comeback department. These two were so entertaining but at the same time their sarcasm contest was like foreplay to them and they’re such crazy characters that it worked! They were hot and heavy and it was totally believable. I mean, sarcasm is the key to physical attraction right? Or is that just me? Anyway, these two really complimented one another because they’re so much alike. Mal and Abby are both tough, resilient and exciting characters who are willing to fight for what they believe in. They challenged each other and that was part of what made them such a good couple.

I love Emmy Curtis, I really do because she totally gets that a heroine should have an active part in a romantic suspense and that it’s still totally hot, sexy, and a romance novel if the heroine is a spy/government agent/soldier once in a while. Curtis doesn’t seem to do useless damsels in distress who need a man to save her from every little thing and that’s what initially put this author on my radar. What’s kept her there is the great stories that she tells. The kind that can take me out of my head space and toss me into the middle of a high stakes, action packed plot with likable characters and plenty of memorable lines. Curtis also understands that in order to relay the urgency the characters are feeling to readers, a romantic suspense needs to move faster than say, a contemporary romance. There’s not time or space for unnecessary scenes, dialogue or characters and I really do think this author gets that because I have yet to be bored with this series.

Final Verdict: Risk of Exposure and the rest of the Alpha Ops series fit nicely into my idea of a damn good romantic suspense. This book and author Emmy Curtis have definitely joined my very small list of “Authors who write my kind of heroine.” I hope to see a lot more from this series and this author.

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