Paperback: 384 pages
Source of my copy: from the publisher Hachette for review
A-Tac is an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets.
TORN BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE
Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field partner and the only woman he ever loved. Annie betrayed him when he needed her most, then vanished without a trace. Now suddenly she's back in the game - this time as a suspected traitor and threat to national security.
Annie's son has been kidnapped by political terrorists. The price for his life? Assassinate a UN ambassador. When Nash and his group find her, the smoldering passion between Annie and the man she swore she'd never contact again blazes out of control. But can Nash trust her? The stakes couldn't be higher: Their enemy's endgame is personal, and one false move could cost them their lives.
I do love a good romantic suspense and if you add espionage to the mix, all the better. I like the idea of A-Tac, a secret branch of the CIA whose headquarter is located on a college campus and the people who worked in it are college professors by day and spies taking on dangerous missions by night. I also like the fact that A-Tac is comprised of both men and women and there wasn't any "you're a woman therefore you're weaker" mentality. The story was predictable, the villains easy to figure out and a bit slow at times but when it gets going you're treated to explosions, big guns, a car chase, sneaking around and other stuff along that line that I got a kick out of reading.
I like the heroine Annie--she's smart, brave, strong and can handle a gun. She loves her son Adam and is willing to go at any lengths to make sure he is safe. My biggest grievance with this book goes to the hero, Nash. The biggest issue in the book between Annie and Nash was trust. Nash thought and kept on thinking until about the last fourth of the book that Annie betrayed him on their last mission together. I thought him not trusting Annie went on too long--I wanted Nash to champion Annie, to be the first to believe in her, to recognize Adam as his son... Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed on the hero and heroine's relationship part of the story and in the end their HEA came too quickly and I didn't quite believe in it. However, I did enjoy the scenes between Annie and her son Adam and scenes with Annie, Nash and Adam together.
This book has great secondary characters, especially the men and women of A-Tac and I am interested in reading their own stories in the upcoming books of series. What makes it more interesting was that it was revealed in the end that there might be a possible mole within the A-Tac. I have my guess as to who it is and I want to read more of the progression of that storyline to see if I'm right or if I'll have to change my guess--guessing who the villain just might be is my favorite part of reading suspense novels. This book has enough excitement to grab my attention and all in all a good read. 3 out of 5 stars