Sunday, March 20, 2016


Deadly Ops Series #5
Signet Books, March 2016
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN:  0451475461
ISBN13: 9780451475466
Romantic Suspense

Katie Reus is back with another Deadly Ops romantic suspense, A COVERT AFFAIR, a book about second chances, looking beneath the surface and never giving up.

Undercover NSA agent Nathan Ortiz has come home to Miami after being wounded in action; healed and ready to get back in the game.  He is shocked when his new mission finds him working with his one love who got away and he has yet to get over.  A successful restaurateur, Amelia Rios, has never forgotten her roots and makes sure she does what she can to help struggling women.  When yet another woman in a string of women she hired fails to show up for work, Amelia is forced to realize Nathan might be on to something.  Together they must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy preying on the weak and defenseless.

Katie Reus is a wonderful storyteller and her Deadly Ops series is fast paced, romantic and exciting.  In A COVERT AFFAIR, we have two storylines running parallel to each other.  Firstly, there is the main story why the NSA has been called in; the missing women.  While it appears that a gentleman with questionable ethics is dating Amelia, the NSA’s “in” with him, everything about him points to his innocence.  Still, the thread must be followed and she is willing to go along with their plan, especially since she recognizes their operative from years ago.  The other story is of course is the story of how they know each other and if there is any chance of kindling that romance again as the sparks are definitely still there.  As these two stories run simultaneously, the tension runs high for both characters and questions just keep popping up everywhere.  As facts are uncovered, the picture becomes more and more disturbing.  Reus really did a magnificent job of keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout the story.

The only disappointing part of this story for this reader was that I really sort of liked the NSA’s target bad guy and he was sort of just left dangling at the end of the book.  He deserved better from everyone involved.  Perhaps he was a criminal, perhaps not.  Still, he treated Amelia very well and really deserved better treatment in return.  If nothing else, he deserved some closure that never came.  Enough said.

That aside, Katie Reus A COVERT AFFAIR was a fast paced and very suspenseful romance that had this reader guessing right up until the big reveal.  This a series worth every penny spent.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."


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