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 their 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?
Cindy Gerard’s books are everything I want in romantic suspense. She writes in the real world rather than trotting out a gang of super-duper, interchangeable male stripper lookalikes as her heroes. She uses her realistic characters to tackle real world issues, rather than the more popular route authors in this subgenre take: inventing over-the-top convoluted situations.
I haven’t read all of the books in this series yet, but this one is self-contained enough for it not to matter, and Gerard doesn’t force lots of past couples on us to distract us from the story.
Taking Fire is full of angst and anger and danger and real human emotion, and it reminded me exactly why I have always considered this author one of the best at what she does. Even through the extreme situations the characters are in, there’s an element of reality to it, so it doesn’t seem ridiculous. Our characters deal with real-life terrorist groups and real-life secret agencies.
Our hero and heroine in this one have made huge sacrifices, and there have been huge – necessary – lies between them as they worked for different agencies. The conflicts in their relationship are massive, and yet it never slips into melodrama.
I don’t really know what to say without giving the plot away, but this is the author you should be reading if you want to understand what the romantic suspense/military romance genre is all about.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.