Series: Deadly Ops

Targeted by Katie Reus

Posted April 5, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Targeted by Katie ReusTargeted by Katie Reus
Series: Deadly Ops #1
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Published by Tanor Media on Dec 16, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 10 hrs 5 min
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
three-stars
three-flames

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.

After skipping Targeted to start my reading experience with Katie Reus’ Deadly Ops with Shattered Duty #2) and Bound to Danger (#3), I decided it was time to finally go back and read/listen to the first book. After reading 2 and 3 I purchased Targeted on my Nook, then the series was released on audio so I decided to give it a go on audio instead.

While I didn’t fall in love with Sophie Eastlake the first I heard her narrate another book I thought I’d give her another go. Sophie does a good job with Targeted. Her voice for the characters was strong, her pacing and emotions of the characters. I’ll listen to more of Sophie in the future.

Soap opera plastic surgery trope

I’ve seen this during my soap opera watching days but Targeted is the first book I’ve read/listen to that uses this plot device to hide the identity of the hero from the heroine. I thought, “Oh she’s [Sophie] going to be pissed/hurt when she finds out.” Sam aka Jack Stone (total soap opera name LOL) left Sophie when they were teens to join the Marines

Sam aka Jack Stone (total soap opera name LOL) left Sophie when they were teens to join the Marines. Well, Sam didn’t exactly left her, he went to boot camp but something happened to Sophie while he away and she blamed him because he wasn’t there to protect her and she didn’t want to see him again. Now thirteen years later, Jack is in Sophia’s life under cover with the NSA.

 

Onward and Upward

Even though Targeted wasn’t my favorite in the series I’m glad that I backtrack to listen to it, I can now move on to the next two books on my shelf in the series, Edge of Danger (#4) and A Covert Affair (#5).

 

Review Breakdown
Characters
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

About Sophie Eastlake

An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find, while on a never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

About Katie Reus

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

Review Breakdown
Characters
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
three-stars
Overall: three-stars

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