ARC Review: Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

25967464Title: Taking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks, #4)

Author: Cindy Gerard

Publisher: Pocket Books

Expected Publication: February 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance Suspense 

Format: eBook

Page Count: 384

Rating: 4.5 Stars


“The more you trust, the greater the betrayal.
The more you love, the greater the harm.”

Taking Fire is a fast-paced story of duty, love, betrayal, retribution and redemption. It is by far the best book in One-Eyed Jacks series. I so didn’t regret having to go back and read book #1-#3 prior to reading this one!

On the first part of the story, the author brought together the third One-Eyed Jacks member still alive, Bobby Taggart, with Talia Levine in war-torn Kabul. Their sort yet sizzling affairs had left both with bad taste and broken heart. Which didn’t help matter when they bumped into each other in Muscat, seconds before things escalated and blew up on them. Literally.

Now, I usually abhorred deception in a character. And Talia here came with a couple of them. Call it a duty, necessity, or whatever, but she chose to do it. But I could understand where she’s coming from and symphatized.

I also usually hated the inability to move on from a character. Bobby did that. As much as he loved Talia, he had a hard time to move on from that ugly past and resent her for it. Again, I could totally get him and didn’t envy his plight.

The circumstances and these two (characters) made the story more real and gripping, made these two fictional people real ones, facing what people involved in conflict areas could be facing. They made hard choices, lived with them, owned them.

The story was told in alternate POVs between the MCs as third persons. So readers got to see inside their head, their hurt, frustration, their feeling; and they were not pretty. Again, these present them as real couple.

Although, as much as I’m on board with the author making Bobby and Talia not as super operatives, I was a bit miffed that Bobby took most of casualty role in the pictures. Both were bad ass professionals and, perhaps being the male, Bobby stepped up more to the plate. Still, I wished he’s hurt less than shown here. 😉

On emotional level, the deep feeling they had for each other might seem too soon if not for the background situation. The premises made it believable. I would probably argue were this to happen in different setting with less action-packed scenes. But here, perfectly understandable. And the mix of emotions Bobby and Talia had with their dilemma? It got to me. Heck, I sniffled one or two times during reading!

Another thing that I loved about this series was the brotherhood always had portions on the story. Of course, thecliché was there: the elite team with state of the art equipment who got the job done. Still, I loved how the team always pull through together, even with scars and bruises.

Now I feel like going further back and read Cindy Gerard‘s Black Ops series and get to know the other team member and their partner/spouse better. 🙂

ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.


Betrayal. Retribution. Redemption?

Six years ago, tough-as-nails military contractor Bobby Taggart met the woman of his dreams in war-torn Kabul—a sexy, whip-smart war correspondent who approached him at a local bar, took him to bed, made him fall in love…and then mysteriously disappeared. In her wake, the terrorist leader he’d been mining for valuable intel was assassinated—then Bobby discovered his phone had been bugged. And he’s pretty damn sure he’s been played for a fool.

Now, a covert security mission for the U.S. Embassy in Oman unexpectedly reunites him with Talia Levine, the woman who betrayed him and broke his heart. And there’s one more secret she hasn’t told him—one that will change his world. But as the heat of anger mixes with a still-simmering passion, dangerous forces close in, their sights set on Talia. Trust is the only way they will survive—but with their lives in the balance, can Bobby risk trusting her again?

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