Title: Shattered Duty
Series: Deadly Ops #3
Author: Katie Reus
Format: Ebook/Paperback, 336 pages
Published: June 2nd 2015 by Signet
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.
Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.
As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice: either put aside his need for revenge, or save the woman who’s reawakened his soul…
“She wanted to know what it was like to be completely possessed by this man. Instead of scaring her, the thought sent the most erotic thrill racing through her. If she was stupid enough to sleep with him, she knew that things between them would end badly, but she wanted Levi in a way that defied logic, and probably her sanity, and she wanted everything he had to offer. Even if she got burned in the end.”
SHATTERED DUTY by Katie Reus is the third book in the author's Deadly Ops series. Each of the books in this series can be fully enjoyed as a standalone if that is your druthers. This book tells the story of Special Agent Levi Lazaro and Special Agent Selene Wolfe.
When his pregnant wife was brutally murdered two years ago, Levi left everything behind to exact revenge. Now he finally has the names of those who took everything from him that mattered. Nothing will thwart his vengeance and he doesn't care if he dies wreaking it or not as he has zilch to live for once those responsible have paid the ultimate price.
Special Agent Selene Wolfe is hot on the trail of some very bad dudes when Levi interferes with her case. Selene had known that Levi was in the area, but she'd hoped to have completed her mission before Levi appeared. However, while Levi knows the names, Selene has the connections and already has a scheduled meeting with the top villain. Levi and Selene will have to find a way to work together if they want to bring down their common enemy. Selene offers him a deal to work with her, be her backup, and once she gets what she needs, Levi can do whatever to those left. They reach an uneasy truce - neither truly trusting the other. Levi doesn't know it, but Selene owes Levi and his murdered wife for her life.
I can't get enough of Katie's books! This one kept me up till almost 5am in the morning finishing it. Thank goodness I didn't have to go to work that day!
Ooh la la! This was one hot tamale emotional read! I loved both the characters and their chemistry was sweet and hot, hot, hot! Levi was the epitome of a tortured hero. As the book opened, he reminded me of a hunky version of James Bond in an operation that had me on the edge of my seat. Shortly after, we learn about his wife and the competent and loyal soldier we had met had lost his mojo and had walked away from his career. I had no sympathy for the criminals and was pulling for him to find some peace. Selene had a tragic story of her own. She was a prodigy - one smart, talented cookie! I loved them together; they made a great team. I just hoped that they didn't kill each other or get killed in the process.
After all was said and done, I have to say that Levi and Selene's story was my favorite to date. They were each such strong, relatable, compelling characters. Just thinking of how fate connected them in the past and the present still boggles my mind.
I had one very small complaint about the book. It started off with a wham-bang... then there was a lull that I now understand was needed to fill in background info - but it was a bit confusing for me at the time and the pacing threw me for a loop after such a fast beginning. Thank goodness, the pace picked back up shortly after and then held my attention never letting go until the very end.
Previous characters from former books make an appearance including Jack Stone from TARGETED, Deadly Ops Book #1. Wesley Burkhart, Dax Costas, Nathan Ortiz, and Karen Stafford are other NSA agents who played a part in this one.
I can't resist sharing two favorite quotes showing the humor (yes, there was humor!) and the raw emotion in this tale - but since we're also sharing an excerpt, I'll keep them really short:
“If you wanted a peek at my dick I would have sent pictures," Levi growled.”
“You strip away every ounce of civility in me, Selene” - Levi”
The surprising finale made me totally forget to breathe. I can honestly say that I never anticipated the twists at the end. AND the epilogue was wrap-up perfection. (Thank you, Katie!) The action sequences were heart-stopping amazing with well-orchestrated build-ups to lots of danger and excitement. This one had it all: murder, bio-terrorism, kidnapping, rescue missions, and tit for tat retribution. I highly recommend SHATTERED DUTY to anyone who enjoys the adrenaline rush of a very good tale of romantic suspense.
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