Thursday, March 6, 2014

Secure Target

Author: Rebecca Crowley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-923-6
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: Recommended Read
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Bronnik Mason is a hostage rescue operative with the South African government.  He and his partner have been trailing a serial killer for a year, even getting stabbed in their last encounter. Bronnik’s determined there won’t be a fifth victim but doesn’t realize how Lacey Cross in Kansas will engage his emotions as never before and change his life.

Lacey is nothing like her troublemaking brothers. She’s stable, responsible, quiet and has a boring receptionist job. When Bronnik and his partner accompany a local policeman into the dental office where she works with the news that a serial killer is after her, Lacey thinks its nuts. But it’s true. Bronnik’s promise to keep her safe is difficult to accomplish with his emotions getting in the way and with a determined killer on their trail.

Secure Target is the first release in the new Elite Operators series by Rebecca Crowley.  It’s a well written and entertaining romance filled with breathtaking, action-packed moments that propel you from one page to the next. It’s attention grabbing. The author kept me on the edge of my seat with her suspense-filled plot and richly developed characters. I love the vivid descriptions of the various locales as the story moves from the near blizzard conditions of Kansas to the heat of Cape Town. All the details really give the story a great background, but it’s the intense growing relationship between Lacey and Bronnik as they try to stay ahead of the serial killer that makes the story come alive.

These two characters have a sizzling chemistry from the moment they meet and it’s a juggling act to keep their attraction from getting in the way of keeping Lacey safe. Ms. Crowley did a nice job tackling this issue and made the physical part of their relationship work without making Bronnik appear irresponsible. That’s where his partner is so crucial. He’s a great secondary character and friend, helping Bronnik keep his head on straight and fleshing out the law enforcement role. So, as you can see, I really enjoyed this one and didn’t have any major complaints at the end. 

There’s so much going for this story that I don’t know how Ms. Crowley’s going to equal or top the following books in this new series. Secure Target is going to be a tough act to follow and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Watch for it. 

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