Author: Cindy Gerard

Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

Taking Fire by Cindy GerardTaking Fire (One-Eyed Jacks, #4) by Cindy Gerard
Series: One-Eyed Jacks #4
Published by Pocket Books on February 23rd 2016
Pages: 384
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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...

I’ve not read the rest of the One-eyed Jacks books, but from what I can surmise, it’s pretty much a BOI team add on that still goes on mission after mission–only sort of sanctioned this time– with some of the beloved old crew still in attendance.

For all the updated details on world politics and counterterrorism, ‘Taking Fire’ is in fact, quite a simple one without convoluted plots and sub-plots that tend to ruin many a book in the romantic suspense genre.

Played for a fool 6 years ago, an untimely reunion with the woman responsible for that brings too many revelations that Bobby Taggart isn’t quite able to take in when an embassy bombing quite literally threw them back together. But discovering that he has actually had a son with her takes the cake…and getting that son back has to take priority above the betrayal he’s never been able to forget, despite the turmoil that her return brings.

I’ve always liked Cindy Gerard’s action-packed writing and the soulful characters she creates. Bobby Taggart is another winner, written with an admirable load of maturity, even if I couldn’t say the same for Talia Levine, whose deceptions, all-too-late-remorse and tendency to get into hysterics at times just didn’t really endear me to her. It was however, good to see the rest of the BOI team again but having jumped straight into this book, I felt as though I missed out a load of vital details and context that could have made me appreciate the book a lot more


Into the Dark by Cindy Gerard

Into the Dark by Cindy GerardInto the Dark by Cindy Gerard
Series: The Bodyguards, #6
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on July 20th 2010
Pages: 352
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Amy Walker endured unspeakable horrors while being held as a hostage before she was rescued by Dallas Garrett and his brothers from E.D.E.N., Inc. Amy is determined to leave the past behind…but only after she gets some answers to the questions that haunt her: Why was she abducted by the terrorists? Why is her mother locked up in a mental institution?
Dallas wants Amy to know he's a man she can trust. He's incapable of offering her his love but promises his sworn protection while she embarks on her quest to discover the truth about her family…and herself.
Working on a lead, Amy and Dallas team up with an investigative journalist and an unlikely accomplice whose motives are as murky as his past. Soon they are drawn into the depths of a secret organization that practices non-consensual mind-control experimentation—one that Amy's own grandfather appears to be involved in. With a ruthless enemy closing in fast Amy and Dallas race against time and risk their lives to expose these crimes against humanity…and share a passion neither of them could have expected.

Amy and Dallas’s story begins way back in ‘To the Brink’ (book 3) and culminates in this explosive, action-packed novel that ties up the entire series. I’d hesitated picking up this book because I wondered what Cindy Gerard could accomplish with a victim (and her rescuer) who had been taken captive for months in the jungles of the Philippines.

But I was more than pleasantly surprised to see how Amy had done a hundred-and-eighty in the months after we see her running away and I loved every moment that showed how different she’d become. The storytelling is solid and we finally learn the reasons for Amy’s initial capture in the Philippines.

Amy and Dallas work wonderfully together and providing a hilarious counterpoint to them are Jenna and Gabriel, whose barmy relationship finally made sense because I’d actually read ‘Show No Mercy’ first.