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 a 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?
Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard is a romantic suspense story that is part of the ‘One-Eyed Jack’ series and centers around Talia Levine and Robert (Bobby or Boom Boom) Taggart, who cross paths again after a searingly uncomfortable end to their last encounter. Each has experienced radical changes in life, but the need to depend on one another to achieve a common goal brings back to life all of the issues that each has buried. They need to figure out whether they can have a future together, but the problem is staying alive long enough to do so.
One of the reasons I love romantic suspense stories is the opportunity to vicariously experience the rush of adrenaline engendered by the extremely risky situations that are involved while comfortably realizing that I will never be anywhere near as competent as the characters portrayed. This author does a wonderful job of putting the reader right in the middle of tension-filled scenes while gradually revealing clues that flesh out the characters and making them both real and appealing. The wrenching dilemma that characterizes the first relationship between the hero and heroine and the subsequent fallout are deftly portrayed while enthralling one on a roller-coaster ride reminiscent of a James Bond story. There are delightful ‘aw’ moments as well, provided by a pivotal secondary character, as well as wonderfully sensual interludes between Talia and Bobby. The camaraderie between Bobby and his ‘brothers’ only adds to the appeal of the book and, despite having no familiarity with the series (which I definitely want to rectify by reading the other three books that preceded this one), I had no trouble reading this as a stand-alone story. This was a fun and exciting read and I look forward to enjoying other stories from this talented author!
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