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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

4/5 Review: Shattered Duty: A Deadly Ops Novel by Katie Reus




When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.
As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?



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This book centers around Levi and Selene. Levi is a rouge NSA agent. He was one of the best until his wife and unborn child were killed. Now the only thing he cares about his revenge. He's on the trail of the man who he thinks ordered his wife's murder. That man is planning an attack on US soil and Selene is also out to take him down. However, Selene is an active NSA agent who wants to stop the bad guy but by doing it the "right" way while Levi just wants to kill him. Selene feels like she owes Levi and doesn't want him to be arrested. Despite the fact that they have different missions they both want the same bad guy and end up working together, although they don't trust each other.This was my first book by this author. It was definitely a bit darker than some of the military/black ops type books I've read. As it's typical for this genre, the language was rough and the sex was front and center. There were many aspects of torture and kidnapping throughout the book. Warnings out of the way, the story had a lot of action and characters with a lot of depth and history. The plot was believable and the chemistry was immediate and super hot. The violence and sex weren't gratuitous or glorified but instead were a necessary part of the plot used to show the depravity of the villain. Selene changes a lot throughout the book and becomes more adult and less like an awkard teenager. Levy was strong and caring and they brought out the best in eash other.I loved how competent Selene was. She knew her worth, she knew her skills and she was confident enough to go toe to toe with Levi whenever she felt she had to. Author Katie Reus delivers a strong female character throughout the whole book. I love it when an author allows a  female characters  to be just as tough as the hero,In the real world, women like Selene are are very much a kick ass equal to the hero. I enjoyed the book and will definitely read more in the series