Series: One-Eyed Jacks

Taking Fire by Cindy Girard

Posted August 8, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Taking Fire by Cindy GirardTaking Fire by Cindy Gerard
Series: One-Eyed Jacks #4
Published by Pocket Books on February 23, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?


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The story begins six years prior to present day with Bobby Taggart, former member of the One-Eyed Jacks unit, working in Kabul as an independent contractor for a private security firm. He encounters Talia Levine who was undercover as a war correspondent. Despite his reservations, he spends a week with Talia where he fell hard. It all falls apart when she disappears after having used him to take out her target.

Back to present day and the two reconnect in Oman following a bombing of the US embassy. She’s the target and the terrorists have taken something precious of hers to force her submission. They must work together and against the clock to take them out before they kill her. 

I enjoyed the tension in this story, both that created by the mission operations and Talia’s betrayal. The team dynamics are what keep me interested in the series, along with the realities of the execution of op plans…something always goes wrong. Bobby’s struggle to find a way to forgive Talia was realistic, going through each phase to reach that end. It rang authentic. 

This was a welcome change from the previous book in the series, which was just okay. It has all the elements I’m used to reading from this author. I’m unsure if this is the last book and if it is, it ended on a good note. 

About Cindy Gerard

Cindy Gerard began writing category romance novels with Bantam’s Loveswept line and Silhouette Desire before trying her hand at writing single title romantic suspense action novels. Gerard’s risk took off with her hugely successful series, The Bodyguards, about the men and women of E.D.E.N Securities, Inc.

Her other series, Black Ops Inc., has been on the New York Times Best Seller list multiple times. The fifth book in the series, Risk No Secrets, won the Readers Crown award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011. Gerard’s latest in the Black Ops Inc. series, Last Man Standing, was released in January 2012 and hit #14 on the New York Times Best Seller List, #11 on Publisher’s Weekly, and #36 on USA Today. She is a passionate animal-rights advocate and loves to travel.

Cindy Gerard has won the 2003 RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense novel for Taming the Outlaw. She is the author of the bestselling Black Ops. Inc, series, the bestselling Bodyguards series, and more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She lives in the Midwest with her husband.

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Posted October 9, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Review: Killing Time by Cindy Gerard

Posted February 1, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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