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.
Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5--though limited
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Okay so I had some quibbles with this part of the book. There were some things that hit some of my hot buttons but might not bother others. Figure I might as well get this little bit over with then on to the things I lurved. heh.
This one was more heavily suspense than romance. Not a horrible thing... I just prefer a more evenly balanced romantic-suspense fusion personally unless really done well so there are surprises and action to keep me glued to the page. And from the start you pretty much know who and what the bad guys are about since their POV is given as well. So just wasn't quite my thing.
The action was pretty good though. There are some oh my god no way! moments that had my palms sweating and my gut churning. The heartbreak and stress that Maria was put through came across the pages incredibly well as they tried to keep her safe from the terrorists.
But I did think it overall started to drag a little but that could be because I just needed a little more on the romance side of things. I also had a little gripe with the terrorists and how they were portrayed in some spots in a way that seemed to be trying to make them sympathetic and their actions understandable. That just...rubbed me the wrong way when that tone came out.
Now this was the part of the book that so did it for me. I loved the romance! And that these two had some history with the beginnings of a romance years earlier then the two started exchanging letters--that were so perfect and sweet--while he was deployed overseas. And that crashed when tragedy struck--stealing someone they both loved--and Cade mucked it all up by turning tail and running. *hangs head* Men, right?
It was pretty entertaining watching them deal with that. Edging around his abandonment and what they still meant to each other after all this time. There was some oh-so-very-nice chemistry happening and a little bit of sheet time that while it wasn't too hot and heavy was working too.
I seriously loved that their letters back and forth were included. There is just something so powerful about written letters. I really looked forward to the ends of chapters when they were included and, okay, I may have skipped ahead sometimes to read just the letters and then gone back for the story. I am a total sucker for "real" letters like that.
He hadn't planned on needing the extra firepower, but as a United States Marine, he was always prepared for an apocalypse-type situation. Like the fucking Boy Scouts, only well armed.
I really liked both of them as well. Cade's all yummy alpha male and sexy as all get out. Capable, sweet, rocking some decent moves. Works for me! And Maria was a strong heroine that only on occasion had a tstl moment. I did appreciate that when she had those moments she usually got called out and realized oh hell that was really stupid. lol But other than that I liked her and the fire in her. Two two really paired off nicely. There was a little bit of humor thrown in and just somethings like the fucking Boy Scouts that totally tickled me.
All in all Bound to Danger was a nice read. While I wasn't completely won over by the suspense side of things the bits and pieces that did work for me way outweighed my quibbles and left me still wanting to go back and check out the first book in the series. So, not bad.
Have you read Reus? What did you think?Do you prefer your rom-suspense more suspense or romance heavy? Or an equal balance?