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I Belong

Review: Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

Bound to DangerTitle: Bound to Danger

Author: Katie Reus

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Deadly Ops (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Paperback, 354 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451419227 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451419224 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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.

Quick & Dirty: A deadly race against time with a former Marine and sister of his fallen friend.

Opening Sentence: “Cade O’Reilly ran full force through the triple-canopy jungle, the unbearable summer heat and giant mosquitos barely a blip on his radar as he dodged low-hanging vines and branches.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Maria is at a benefit dinner when she gets ill, she’s taken to a back bedroom where she overhears a conversation about a deadly terrorist attack in Miami, before she has a chance to react there is a deadly explosion and she wakes up in the hospital remembering nothing. Cade is the best friend of her brother and he shows up to help protect Maria, as they try to figure out who set off the explosion that killed her mother and many others.

Maria can’t understand why Cade cut her out of his life when Riel died all those years ago, and she can’t remember what happened before the explosion at the benefit dinner. As things begin to heat up between them and another attempt is made on her life, they realize they are in a race against time to figure who is behind the attacks and why they want her dead. Will Cade be able to save Maria, or will the terrorist kill her first?

I haven’t read this series before or anything by this author. I have always enjoyed history between main characters in romance novels, it almost always makes the relationship feel more believable! This was a fast paced read full of action. The mystery wasn’t too much of a mystery because some chapters are told from the bad guy’s point of view. So you as a reader have almost all of the knowledge upfront, and you know what she has forgotten. That doesn’t detract from the story, it really adds to it because you are on the edge of your seat wondering if they are going to figure it all out before it’s too late.

I also really loved how a majority of the chapter’s end with emails that Maria had messaged to Cade when he was a Marine deployed to Afghanistan. It really allows you to get a feel for their previous relationship without to many flashbacks or time wasted in the past. It is super cute and just enhances the present relationship as they try to get past the past and make things work now! Cade is a total badass, and he really takes the time to work on regaining her trust and apologizing for what happened.

I am not giving that way because it may not be too much of a spoiler, but it is one of those things you enjoy finding out and appreciate when it is all revealed to Maria. I have to say that I loved, loved her reaction to it! It was superb!!! And on that note go forth and enjoy, I will also add that I didn’t feel lost, so this appears to be the kind of series you can jump in wherever you feel!

Notable Scene:

“He hadn’t planned on needing the extra firepower, but as a United States Marine, he was always prepared for an apocalypse-type situation.”

“With one act Mihails was going to remind them they were just like everyone else.”

“Then when the time was right, he’d strike and eliminate her.”

“Even if he hurt her, she wasn’t going to walk away before they had a chance to see if things could work between them.”

“The bastard had come to her mother’s funeral when he’d been involved.”

“She tried to respond but was cut off as two big hands reached through the broken window and started choking her.”

Deadly Ops Series:

1. Targeted

2. Bound to Danger

2.5 Chasing Danger

3. Shattered Duty

4. Edge of Danger

5. A Covert Affair


FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Bound to Danger. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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