Dark of Night

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Dark of Night

Troubleshooters Series #14

Jimmie Nash is dead or that’s what most people believe. In actuality, he’s alive and hurting at a safe house rented by actor, Robin and his husband, FBI agent Jules. Also, in this elaborate ploy is Nash’s fiancée, Tess and good friend, Lawrence Decker, better known as Deck or Decker. Nash’s death is necessary as his friends, co-workers and members of the SEALS try to figure out who wants him dead and why. Clues point to the Agency where Nash once worked.
Decker came to Tess’s house to gather some clothes for Nash under the guise of getting some clothes for Tess. He’s found out by the office receptionist, Tracy. Everyone seems to underestimate Tracy as a big boobed airhead when in fact Tracy is extremely smart. Once Decker realizes that Tracy has figured out that Nash is alive, he decided to move her to the safe house. He doesn’t expect any problems but was he wrong!
Dave and Sophia have been friends for a long time. After learning of Nash’s death, they turn to each other for comfort and find love.  When Dave is attacked and it appears that someone is trying to frame him, they learn that there is something someone doesn’t want known. Could it tie in with what is going on with Nash or does it concern some past history of Dave’s?
As I started this book I became slightly confused, possibly due to the many characters making up the plot. However, I quickly got everyone in their places and settled down to a gripping story that I didn’t want to put down. This plot had more twists, turns and reverses that kept me wondering if anyone on was going to live much less find the bad guys! The fact that there were a couple of great love stories being developed during all of this was fantastic. 
With so many “main” characters you would think that their development would be lacking but you would be so wrong. These characters had unique personalities and charm. They had histories that played into their depth and gave them a well rounded feel.  At points, their humorous sides would come out while at other points a much more serious side was shown, very similar to a real person. With so many macho men, you might expect some stereotyping but not with these guys!
As Tracy kept stressing, there is no wrong way to make love and that is reflected in the many couples that are in this book. Each couple is different yet each is committed to their partner. The gay FBI agent and his actor husband are willing to rearrange their jobs for each other and give the other support however they can. One man works for his wife while another has a wife that works across the country. There is even a little kink when one of the most respected males is aroused by being ordered around by the little woman. It’s all good and accepted among this group.
Modern day skills and technology highlighted throughout this book. Tess is an excellent computer hacker. Remote observations via cameras are used. High tech security systems are put into use. And the acknowledgement that this weeks toys may be obsolete next week. This fast paced novel incorporates this and runs for all it’s worth.
I found this book very enjoyable. It is part of a series of books but can be read by itself. The biggest problem with that is wanting to read the previous books and waiting on the next! I loved watching the pieces to the puzzle come together. Watching Decker and Tracy figure out their relationship at points was painful but the end was worth it. Nash calling people to say hey I’m alive was so clear that I could almost see expressions of surprise. 
This book is a romance, an adventure, a mystery and much more. There are hot men, smart women and stuff blowing up. I found death and destruction and love and rebuilding. In all, I can’t think of anything that I missed in this book. It was all there.

Book Blurb for Dark of Night

For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missions for The Agency, but when he decides to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancée, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries and strategize their next move.

Only a handful of people know that Nash is still alive — and fellow Troubleshooters Dave Malkoff, Sophia Ghaffari, and receptionist Tracy Shapiro aren't among them. Believing that Nash is dead and that Decker has begun a romantic relationship with Tess, Sophia settles for second best and begins a love affair with Dave, who has adored her for years. But Tracy puts two and two together, discovering the truth about Nash — much to Decker's dismay.

As passions flare, Decker struggles to keep his scheme afloat, and to keep Nash alive. But when he finds himself targeted for death, the game turns even more perilous, and Sophia, Tracy, and Dave are swept into the deadly play. Under fire and racing to unmask their relentless adversary, the Troubleshooters know that the closer they get, the greater the risks. But sacrifices and consequences come with the territory. Forced to choose between love and loyalty, they are no longer just solving a crime — they're fighting for survival.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 4.75