Friday, August 8, 2014

Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

Title: Bound to Danger
Author: Katie Reus
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Deadly Ops #2
Main Characters: Maria and Cade
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Signet
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.
Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved that Cade and Maria had a history, even though it ended badly eight years ago. That connection between them is still there despite time and distance, which always works for me as a reader. The suspense of not knowing exactly what happened with Cade and Maria's brother, Riel, kept me wondering throughout the whole book. I also really enjoyed the emails that were sprinkled throughout the book. Because of their unresolved issues and emotions, I sunk into their romance rather quickly and could see the chemistry between them. 

I liked both of their characters. Even though Maria comes from money, her devotion and dedication to the center she works at was front and center from the very beginning, showing that there was so much more to her. For Cade, his depth of character shows every single time he is around Maria. Despite the years, he still has so many emotions for her and those come across the story page in and out. 

The suspense line in this was also rather good, although it's never a secret who the main bad guys are. I liked the back story behind the terrorists and how personal it was to them rather than just being some blanket religious quest for revenge. The personal twist for it with the bad guys made their motivation and actions more understandable, although still reprehensible. The love for two women and the pain they a romance reader, I could understand that reasoning.

There was a glimpse of another shadowy character in this book...the rogue agent Levi. His about some angst. I'm seriously hoping that Katie Reus is setting him up for more, because I loved the glimpses we saw of him. 

The book was good. The suspense, while not that suspenseful, was action-packed from page one. I think that this one could probably classify as more a military/government adventure than a suspense because the action and explosions were there throughout the entire story...whoa, these two went through a LOT of harrowing scenes in just a couple of days. If Maria was a real person, she'd be dealing with PTSD for loud bangs for absolutely the rest of her life. A girl can only survive so many explosions before having a nervous breakdown. But that's what makes her an awesome fictional heroine. Not only did she survive, but she managed to seduce the hot alpha tattooed male who was in charge of protecting her. Rawr...I approve! (And if I'm ever in an explosion I hope that I can pull off a little of her strength.)

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