Flash of Fury by Lea Griffith

Posted in Action/Adventure/ Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 17th December 2016
Flash of Fury by Lea GriffithFlash of Fury by Lea Griffith
Series: Endgame Ops, #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 17th 2017
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Their spark is immediate
Kingston McNally lost men when someone betrayed his team, and now he's out for retribution. His quest for the enemy's courier leads him to Cameroon and Allie Redding, a petite Peace Corps volunteer as stubborn as she is brave. Their attraction is immediate, but Allie has secrets of her own...and she's not giving them up easily.
But their secrets could burn them both
Allie's life has been spent hiding in plain sight, but she's had enough of her cloak-and-dagger existence. On her way home, her plane is hijacked-and King saves her life. But that doesn't mean she owes him anything...even if he is the most damnably sexy man she's ever laid eyes on. He's got black ops and secrets written all over him, and trust is a two-way street.

The moment I got my hands on ‘War Games’, I knew that Endgames Ops was a series I needed to sink my teeth into.

‘Flash of Fury’ harks back to what I’ll probably always think of as classic, romantic suspense: gritty and fast-paced, with over the top tangled webs of conspiracy-theories wrapped up in shadowy figures, a larger-than-life plot, and exotic locations matched only by near picture-perfect characters who are the right amount of screwed up and in need of revenge in some way. And I lapped it all up: pawns, baits, the game of chess in the shady world of political manoeuvring and all.

Lea Griffith’s writing does bring back the good ol’ days of Cindy Gerard and Suzanne Brockmann—just to name a few—and there really isn’t a moment to breathe from the start. The pace is deliciously unrelenting, along with a dialled-up amount of mutual lust and breathless gasps with every touch coupled with the amount of intrigue that’s present with characters hit their stride when the going gets tough. I did like King and Allie enough; there didn’t seem to be any particular TSTL moment or inexplicable scenes where one acted (too much) out of character or like a Marvel/DC superhero impervious to injury or emotional fallout. I thought it only faltered towards the end, where it felt a bit rushed, particularly when King and Allie hadn’t gotten their act together by the last few pages, and then suddenly did by the time the last page was turned.

But as the first book in a new series, ‘Flash of Fury’ has a very foundational feel to it still; there were times I simply felt I was thrust straight into a complicated situation and was more confused than the characters trying to make sense of the bigger picture that still eludes us all. There’s already a setup for Jude’s story that I can’t wait to read, but above all, I think I’m itching to know just what the overarching narrative will be as the series rolls on.

four-stars

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