Targeted: Deadly Ops, Book 1


TargetedAuthor: Katie Reus
Book Name: Targeted
Series: Deadly Ops
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Good


Blurb:  Hidden in plain sight…

Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories – which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her – if only she weren’t under suspicion.

When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling – and worse – she doesn’t know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company – a man with hauntingly familiar eyes.

As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people – starting with them.

Review:  This just didn’t wow me all that much.  It was definitely good, but not really good or great.

I did enjoy the characters as they were solid and well written with one major exception. It just kind of bugged me that a good 90% of the thoughts between the two revolved around absolutely nothing but sex.  Don’t get  me wrong, I love sex as much as the next gal, but it made both of these characters seem like hormonal teenagers.  Especially in several of the situations they were in.  Writing “Even though it was totally inappropriate in that moment, I still couldn’t help thinking…” doesn’t absolve your characters of being ridiculous in those thoughts.  When your mature, adult characters come across that way, it kind of negates whatever other positive characteristics they may have.

There were also a couple of hiccups in the plot line that, while minor in one case, still kind of stood out like a neon sign.  One point it talked about Sophie grabbing her purse out of the car.  This is after a big deal was made about the fact that the purse got left in a car that sank to the bottom of the bay.  The other, bigger one was when her boss found out that Sophie had been in the hanger and had taken pictures.  This was actually written at two totally different points in the story.  Either it happened early or it happened later, you cannot have it happen twice.

So, yeah.  This was decent but not great.

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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