This intense romantic thriller combines a searing set of events with the challenge of ethics and justice, which may or not be compatible. The escalating tension combined with the cat and mouse game being played on several fronts provides a shifting perception of several characters and draws one into the story immediately. The characters are intriguing and, despite my unfamiliarity with all of the previous tales in this series, I had no problem establishing a connection with them. I was intrigued by the author’s ability to make one somewhat sympathetic to a character who is essentially steeped in villainy even as she established a squeaky clean character who is virtually pushed over to the darker side by his experiences. The action and the searing attraction that develops combine to form a mesmerizing story and will keep you anxious to see what is going to happen next, so don’t start this story unless you have nothing else pressing to take care of! I look forward to seeing what other exciting tales will be added to this enjoyable series!
“Shattered Duty” by Katie Reus is part of the ‘Deadly Ops’ series, and follows former marine Levi Lazarus as he attempts to live up to his name and pick up the pieces of his life after everything is destroyed. Selene Wolfe has her own agenda, partly assigned by her boss and mentor, but also compelled by the desire to assuage some of Levi’s suffering and to achieve justice for the woman she considered a friend. Unfortunately, it is impossible for everyone to get everything they want, especially when one is constrained by rules and others aren’t. As the stakes get higher and higher, each will have to decide what is important and what is vital.
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 at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?