This Chick Read: A Covert Affair by Katie Reus

A Covert Affair is the Fifth book in the Deadly Ops series by Katie Reus.  Normally I don’t like to read a book in the middle of a series, but recently I had purchased a book in the middle of another of her series, Breaking Her Rules (Red Stone Security), and tweeted at the author asking her if I needed to read the others before this book.  She responded back, assuring me that it was not necessary, her books could be read as stand alone novels.  Great!  I dug in, and found myself immediately immersed in a great storyline, with two characters who were real, flawed, honest and passionate.

The following synopsis is taken from the authors website

After being wounded in action, NSA agent Nathan Ortiz comes home to Miami, eager to return to duty. But he doesn’t expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over.

 A beautiful, successful restauranteur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially to struggling women. Then a woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and, unfortunately, she isn’t the first to go missing.

 Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world, working side by side with Nathan, the only man she’s ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy preying on the poor and weak. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to survive.

If you have read any of my book reviews, you’ll probably notice that I like a strong female character.  I don’t mean bodybuilder type strength, but a strength of character where they are driven to face adversity, overcome a character flaw or rise above a poor upbringing.  Amelia Rios definitely fit the bill on all three of the above and I loved reading how she conquered all of those things in this story.  She finds herself in the middle of an operation investigating the mysterious disappearance of women in the Miami area.  Not her comfort zone, by any means, and to top it off, leading the investigation, is a long lost love of hers.  She has to face emotions from the past, while trying to help him resolve these mysterious disappearances.  As she put herself on the frontline to solve the mystery, her emotions were also put on the frontline as she had to face some of her past decisions and the realization that her choices may have not been the best.  Luckily she has a second chance to make things right.

Out of the two main characters, I enjoyed reading Amelia’s story, more than I did Nathan’s.  He was handsome, strong, honest, and did show a hint of vulnerability, but in my eyes, when the author wrote from his perspective, his emotions, while strong and honest, were a bit cave man-ish.  I will cut his character a little slack.  He went into the military when he was 18, and the military doesn’t have a reputation for building conversational skills, and showing emotion isn’t encouraged.  Nathan showed emotion by wanting to protect Amelia at the cost of the investigation, he may have grunted his feelings a bit, but his passion for her was exhibited by his actions.  Passion was not something this book lacked at all.   Luckily, the author found the right balance between the story and that passion.

I was given a pre-release copy of A Covert Affair by Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley for my honest and unbiased review.
Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved.

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