Series: Steele Ops #1
Published by Forever
Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Someone is watching their every move.
After a lifetime spent in and out of hospitals, Zoey Wright is tired of playing it safe. She’s ready to take charge of her own life and get out of her comfort zone, starting with a new job as a CSI agent. But when her childhood crush Knox Steele gets pulled onto her case, Zoey needs to put her feelings for him aside or more women will die at the hands of the serial killer preying on her hometown.
Former Army Ranger Knox Steele is back in Washington to help his brothers open an elite private security firm. He never expected to stumble onto a crime scene, or see his best friend’s little sister working it. Zoey is all grown up now, and the attraction between them is electric, despite his best efforts to resist it. But all that changes for Knox when he realizes the victims have one thing in common . . . and Zoey might be next.
Knox Steele is back home after staying away for so long and he’s determined not to stick around, but only one person can throw a wrench in his plans – Zoey Wright- and now that it’s obvious that someone dangerous is fixated on her, he’s determined to make sure that she is safe before he leaves.
Zoey is fighting for normalcy after a lifetime of being sick and while her bid for independence is understandable, the over-protectiveness of her brother and the Steele boys is also something a reader can empathize with. In fact, my favorite thing about this book is that even though Zoey is cleared cherished by her brother and the Steele boys, they still give her room to explore what and how she wants but are ready to step in and protect her if needed.
This book is literally the best thing I’ve read all year and it’s not even close. Ms. Hunt combined a number of tropes – best friend’s younger sister, ex-military black ops, security firm, stalker – but somehow it worked, and the creepy factor was especially through the roof.
Knox’s rationale for staying away from his family could have been explored a little deeper than was done, but it did not really impact the overall story in my opinion. The story was straightforward, and the stalker was easy to guess, but I think it served to draw me into the story and it was like screaming at the TV when characters cannot see the danger lurking, but you can.
First books in a series can be a hit or miss since there is a heavy focus on building the series up, but this was a hit in every way and Zoey and Knox’s storyline did not suffer at all while the author was laying the foundation for the series. If anything, I’m counting down the days to the next book in the series and I’ve been inspired to go back and re-read the author’s back list.