They were partners once
After an attack on the job that nearly killed her, Special Agent Celida Morales is determined to salvage her reputation in the FBI and get back to the career she loves. Domestic terrorism has left its mark on her—literally—and now she’s more determined than ever to leave her mark on it. But when a hostage situation takes an unexpected turn she’s confronted with the realization that she may not only lose the hostages, but also the only man she’s lost her heart to.
To be together now, this time they’ll have to risk it all
Hostage Rescue Team assault team leader Brad Tucker has always wanted Celida but professional conduct and her unwillingness to commit stood in the way. For more than a year he’s been juggling the increasing demands of his job and personal life, but after Celida was almost killed, none of those reasons matter anymore. Tuck knows it’s time to claim her and he’s ready to lay it all on the line. Then an op turns deadly and it’s a race to bring down a well-trained enemy bent on settling an old score, a man who doesn’t care how many innocent people get in his way.
Kaylea Cross writes breathtaking romantic suspense stories, that are thrilling, vivid, and steamy sweet.
In Targeted the suspense is building, tension rising, as the FBI's finest are targeted for unknown reason. Part of the story is told by the villain's point of view, and in this story I felt the sorrow and agony of the offender, that drove him to desperate attempt of revenge. His skills and experience gave all the crime fighters a challenge, building up the pressure.
Tuck, the powerful, yet gentle and tender hearted, alpha male is willing to fight for committed 'forever' relationship with Celida. I loved the chemistry and connection between them. The fact that it was Tuck who was willing and able to love and commit, but Celinda was challenged with deeper emotions and long term, committed relationship gave the story an interesting twist to the 'norm', The loyalty towards each other, how they took care of each other when facing the sorrows and hardship of life was swoon worthy.
Both Tuck and Celida are kick-ass, dominant, highly professional agents, with pressures and stress of the dangerous profession. And the storyline with PTSD was welcomed and weighty reminder of the impact these professions have on these heroes.
The other secondary storyline with Alzheimer's disease was touching, raw, and real. I want to just thank the author for writing such a lifelike and eloquent story around it.
I adored and enjoyed every single word of this story, and it deserves at least all the five spoons in the drawer!! Can't wait for the next one in the series.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me