Author: Katie Reus
Series: A Deadly Ops Novel (Book 2)
Publication: Signet (August 5, 2014)
Description: At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.
Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.
My Thoughts: This story starts with Maria Cervantes attending a party that she doesn't want to attend. She's sick but she needs to talk to some potential donors for the community club that she volunteers at. She is taken ill and is directed to a quiet bedroom and bathroom while a friend goes to find her mother. Maria overhears some men talking about some planned terrorist activities. She decides that she has to get out of the bedroom and let someone know what she has heard. Before she gets further than the yard outside the house, there is a massive explosion that wrecks the house and kills a large number of people including her mother.
Next, Maria wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what she overheard. An old boyfriend and a friend of her dead brothers, now with the NSA, is there to interview her. Though she definitely has other things on her mind, she is still drawn to Cade O'Reilly despite the fact that he ended their friendship after her brother's death. When Cade heard that Maria was involved in the bombing, he decided that he had to be the one to question her and to protect her too.
Things get pretty dangerous pretty fast when the terrorists decide they need to find out what Maria heard. Maria and Cade get close again as he protects her from those terrorists. Maria makes one TSTL (too stupid to live) move when a friend is kidnapped to draw her out but it doesn't last long.
I thought that he story was well-written and filled with suspense. I liked the relationship between Maria and Cade. I thought Cade made a great hero. He was hot, dangerous, and very protective. He didn't feel that he could have a relationship with Maria because of their different social statuses. But, most of all, he felt guilty in regards to the death of her brother. He has to overcome both of those things before he and Maria can have their happy ending.
"What? If I don't even remember being at the party, how the hell would I know why I was outside?" Now she was definitely shouting.I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
The question was insulting, like something those stupid news reporters asked people after they'd suffered a tragedy. Like "How do you feel now that your home is destroyed and you've lost all your earthly belongings?" Did they really expect people to say "Great, freaking fantastic!" Her hands and voice shook as she turned to her bag. She didn't give a crap if she gave him a show of bare ass.