Monday, March 29, 2010

FEEL THE HEAT by Cindy Gerard

Publisher: Pocket
Date published: November 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4391-5360-4
Romantic Suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained via: Library
Reviewed by Gina

B.J. Chase is her own woman. Period. And don't ever say otherwise. End of discussion. Despite a figure that is every man's wet dream and curly blonde hair that hints at an angelic halo, she's a by the book, black and white, survivor. Did I say survivor? I meant woman warrior. Yes, B.J. has some secrets in her past but no one is going to know them. Not ever.

Raphael Mendoza aka Choirboy, has the kind of face women can't help but fall for. He looks for all intents and purposes like the most innocent of boys. But Raphael -- Rafe -- is not only all man, he's the hot Latin lover that makes your heart beat faster and your toes curl at just the thought of being in his arms. You don't want to mess with Raphael. A member of BOI -- Black Ops, Inc., he is a lethal and deadly killing machine. Don't mess with him or those he loves. And don't ask him to feel remorse if his op interferes with yours. Black ops wins, hands down.

When B.J. and Rafe meet, again, something's got to give, but with the security of the United States at stake and hours to go before an E-bomb can take out a major city and then some, the pair are forced to work together. Will their growing attraction for each other survive the quick moving attack? From the orderly streets of Washington, D.C. to the opulence of a drug lord's lair in Columbia they manage, only barely, to stay a step ahead of their pursuers.

Cindy Gerard just gets better and better. When she first announced her Body Guard series had run its course I was stymied. How could she say goodbye to the Garretts if I wasn't ready to? And then she moved into Black Ops, Inc. where she pushes her own personal suspense envelope just a bit further. There are still occasional "visits" with the Garrets and I still hope to see another of their stories along the way, but for now Black Ops, Inc. has me on a white-knuckled roller coaster of thrills and excitement.

In FEEL THE HEAT you once again hit the ground with her characters, start running and don't stop until you've turned the last page. You then look at your favorite sources to see when the next book will be out. If I were to find one fault with Ms. Gerard's writing it is that she isn't churning out a book every few weeks. With well-done, in depth research, complex characters, fun side stories and dramatic action she is one of the most compelling and memorable authors I've read. Each character has his or her own very distinct personality. When you have a group of five or more studly alpha males and their timeless female counterparts it becomes easy to blend their traits. Not so for Ms. Gerard, each is unique and their personalities are carried through in each new book.

If you haven't read a Cindy Gerard romantic suspense you don't know what you are missing. If you have, you know what I mean about non-stop, heart pounding action and characters that stay with you long after the last page is read.


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