Author: Katie Reus
Book Name: Primal Possession
Series: Moon Shifter
Blurb: To protect her, he will unleash the beast within…
As his pack’s second-in-command, lupine shifter Liam Armstrong gives orders and takes what he wants—until he meets red-headed, blue-eyed December McIntyre. Liam knows the human beauty is his intended mate the moment he sees her, but December is far too strong-willed to accept his protection.
December, whose brother is the town sheriff, has every reason to mistrust shifters after one killed her youngest sibling. But the forceful and handsome Liam has gotten under her skin in a way she hadn’t thought possible, and the desire she feels for him is almost too much to bear.
When a radical hate group targets all humans known to sympathize with paranormal beings, December is attacked in her bookstore. Reluctantly, she turns to the only one who can help her: Liam. And he is going to take her to places within herself she never knew existed.
Review: There was nothing about this book that really made it stand out as being all that different than just about any other shifter book on the market. You have your standard pushy, arrogant, alpha male shifter that isn’t all that smart and the weak, ineffective human female that he is stupidly determined to protect, even from himself. That isn’t such a horrible concept, but it is just so typical and common and over done. I didn’t hate this but I also probably won’t remember it a month from now.
Author: Katie Reus
Book Name: Targeted
Series: Deadly Ops
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.