Search and Destroy – Julie Rowe

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2UxVYRv
3rd Person Dual POV
Heroine: CDC Task force Director
Hero: Ex Army, Assigned to be Heroine’s Bodyguard
Second Chance Romance, book 4 in a series (spin off of the Biological Response team Series).
Romantic Suspense

Thoroughly enjoying this series and the way Julie puts together these Heroes/Heroines. I’m a sucker for a grumpy hero, especially set alongside an also grumpy heroine who has no time for anyone’s shenanigans.
The longer story arc across the series is becoming more and more intense.
This specific story feels relevant and pertinent in light of changes in the Western Hemisphere’s loss of herd immunity to contagious diseases over the past decade.
You can tell that the Author knows their science and how it plays out in the real world.

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“Secrets Never Die” – Melinda Leigh

AMAZON LINK: https://amzn.to/2DRCqkm
Morgan Dane – Book 5

Melinda Leigh is one of my top recs for Suspense with Romantic Elements. As the couple in the Morgan Dane Series are together after book 3? It’s not really romantic Suspense.

These and Kendra Elliott are books I stack up when I’m travelling as I know the Audiobooks (whispersynced for KU) will keep me entertained for long journeys.

I love the exploration of Morgan and Lance’s Relationship as they figure out working together, Lance’s relationship with Morgan’s Kids (3 young girls), plus Morgan’s extended Family.

There are longer story arcs going on with Morgan & Lance’s dealing with the town bureaucracy (there’s a particular thing I want to have happen in that regard, & if I does I’ll shout from the rooftops).
The secondary story line of Sharp’s ongoing tete a tete with the reporter is delicious gravy.

I happily take the ride that Gray’s Hollow and Scarlett Falls are small towns with plenty o’murders in a Jessica Fletcher kind of way.

As long as Ms Leigh keeps writing, I’ll keep devouring and subscribing to Kindle Unlimited.

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“The Conspiracy” – Kat Martin

AMAZON Link: https://amzn.to/2Ro16cj

Book 1 in a new series: 3rd Person, Dual POV (with a smidge (<5%) of other POVs)

This felt like a book of two halves. International and Domestic

The first half was Harper (Heroine) roping in Chase (her Brother’s former best friend who runs a security company) to track down her missing brother in the Caribbean.

The second half all took place in the US.

Then we have all the tropes, Brother’s Best Friend, Girl Next Door, Unrequited Love, Fish out of Water, Bodyguard etc etc.

The ebb and flow of Harper and Chase’s relationship, on again off again for *reasons* was good, but expected within this sub-genre. Although I’m not sure his grovel was enough.

It was just *A Lot* to be crammed into this story, is it the downside of book 1 in a series? Possibly, it felt like I was meeting not only the character base of this new series (the team at Maximum security), but maybe the characters for another series (the other Garrett brothers)?

I did like the attention to detail for 1) the International section, how travelling round Caribbean Islands & rescue ops in Jungles work, having to exchange money is a PITA etc 2) How Harper’s job/company/employees are impacted by the search for her brother. Although having $$$$ and private jets sure come in handy.

It just felt like it could have been “snappier”. The best analogy I can give is; If this were a film I might have gotten bored, but if it were a TV series, I’m sure I’d be happy with the ground work being done.

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