Monday, April 7, 2014

Targeted by Katie Reus

(Deadly Ops, #1)
by Katie Reus
Released |October 1st 2013 by Signet|
Edition |eBook|

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Hidden in plain sight…
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.
I've read quite a few books by Katie Reus before and I'm glad to say that I enjoyed them all. Targeted did not disappoint. I enjoyed the story and found myself flying through the book. I finished it in a day, which completely surprised me. I love books that deal with military in any way, shape, or form because it runs deep in my family. Targeted was filled with it and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. There were some pretty awesome action scenes and the pacing was great and it held a pretty good balance, not too fast and not too slow. So overall I definitely enjoyed the book :)

Jack was my favorite of the two characters. He's a former marine sniper, but with his new face and identity he had to leave that behind. The old him, Sam Kelly, is now dead and Jack now works for NSA, a secret branch of the government. Jack was awesome! He was bad ass and all that former military training really showed. With his new assignment, he is reconnected with a person from his past, Sophie. Sophie, on the other hand, I found to be very annoying. she wasn't weak or the 'damsel in distress', but she did need protecting. I found that she wanted to catch an attitude or be defiant at the most dangerous of times. Why are you arguing when he's trying to protect you? People are shooting and you want to hold a conversation? No ma'am!

But even though I found Sophie to be a little bit annoying, I did enjoy the romance between them. Sophie and Jack (Sam) dated as teenagers and haven't seen each other since. Sophie believes Sam to be dead because he supposedly died in a road side bomb in Afghanistan. She keeps seeing all the similarities that Jack had to Sam and keeps trying to figure it out, but Jack couldn't just come out and say 'I'm really Sam' because he's undercover. I found the whole thing to be interesting and I like how they didn't just jump into a relationship. You could feel the attraction between the two and you could see the feelings that the two were trying to contain, but it didn't get forced on you in the beginning. I find that a lot of books I read when the two characters already know each other or have dated in the past, the romance gets thrown on you really fast. But yeah, overall, the book was pretty good and I'd definitely like to see what the next installment will be about.


  1. Yay for a quick, awesome read :) Jack seems awesome indeed, but come on, Sophie! "I found that she wanted to catch an attitude or be defiant at the most dangerous of times." THIS annoys the hell out of me. So tired of heroines like that. Whoa! So it's like a re-connecting story? Oooh, I have to recommend this to Aman. She loves those. Ok, I'll look around for more reviews since this sounds awesome. So happy you enjoyed this, Janina :)

    1. Sophie is one of characters where you can't help but roll your eyes. It's like you know it's coming lol

  2. Great review Janina! Glad you liked the book the romance aspect!

    Happpy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  3. The synopsis kind of reminds me of Wild Card by Leigh something lol i can't remember her last name. I see a few differences in this book from it but overall i think the main idea is sort of the same. I have to admit I am still intrigued by this one LOL and want to read it! Great review Janina! These types of romance books are my guilty pleasures ;)
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    1. I've not heard of Wild Card so I have no idea lol But yeah, books like these are my guilty pleasure as well!

  4. I like the sound of Jack and think I would really like him

  5. Yay, a 4 star read! With so many bad books these days, 4-5 star reads should be celebrated with cheese and wine! ;) With that said, I find this premise really cute, and gives us this feeling that if we're meant for each other, we really are meant for each other, other identities and all. I feel like getting this book now thanks to your review! Well done :)

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews