TAKING FIRE by Cindy Gerard: Review

Posted February 24, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

TAKING FIRE by Cindy Gerard: ReviewTaking Fire by Cindy Gerard
Series: One-Eyed Jacks #4
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

Betrayal. Retribution. Redemption?

Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damn sure he’s been played for a fool.

Now, a covert security mission for the U.S. Embassy in Oman unexpectedly reunites him with Talia Levine, the woman who betrayed him and broke his heart. And there’s one more secret she hasn’t told him—one that will change his world. But as the heat of anger mixes with a still-simmering passion, dangerous forces close in, their sights set on Talia. Trust is the only way they will survive—but with their lives in the balance, can Bobby risk trusting her again?

 

Review

Cindy Gerard does not disappoint! High stakes and tender passion go hand in hand in this exciting installment of the One-Eyed Jacks. My favorite thing about Ms. Gerard’s books is her ability to write such tough but sensitive characters and in a lineup of impressive heroines, Talia is special – both a fierce warrior and a vulnerable woman hungry for an emotional connection, two seemingly incompatible sides that make her such a great character.

Six years ago, Talia Levine met the man of her dreams in war-torn Afghanistan, only she was on a mission and he was her target. Her mission was a success, but she never expected to fall in love and her life was changed forever by that mission. Now she is reunited with the man she betrayed and she needs his help, but the secret she has kept all this time could do even more damage to their already difficult relationship.

Bobby Taggart has lived with his guilt about losing a valuable intelligence asset because he let his hormones do the talking and fell into bed with a spy and he would prefer to forget that it was more than just sex. However, he doesn’t have that luxury anymore because for the first time in six years, he’s face to face with the woman who played him and the circumstances are less than ideal.

Anyone who has read Ms. Gerard’s books knows to expect a thrilling, action-filled ride as well as sizzling passion with every book, but TAKING FIRE does even better by blending fast-paced action seamlessly with intense emotions – betrayal, regret, love, hope, fear, desire and so on. Readers are sure to experience a gamut of emotions.

Both Talia and Bobby just grabbed hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go. In spite of how deep her betrayal I couldn’t hate Talia for any of her actions and I love how fearless and honest she was when she opened herself up to Bobby even though the chance of being rejected was high. Bobby is such a sweetheart. He’s the hardened special operator with a gooey soft heart who can’t hold on to his hurt feelings in the face of unconditional love. 

I love everything about this book, especially how the author took the time to wrap up their happy ending satisfactorily. Lovers of romantic suspense will love TAKING FIRE and even newcomers to the genre are sure to get a thrill from reading it.

 

 

 

About Cindy Gerard

Cindy Gerard is a New York Times bestselling author of many contemporary romance novels including To the Brink, To the Edge, To the Limit, Over the Line, Under the Wire, and Into the Dark (all available from St. Martin’s Press). She is also the author of the Black Ops, Inc. series, every one of which has appeared on The New York Times top 20 list. Along with numerous industry award nominations, Cindy is the recipient of The National Reader’s Choice Award and two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s coveted RITA Award.


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