Alpha One (Shadow Agents, #1) by Cynthia Eden
Series: Shadow Agents #1
Publisher: Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue
Publication Date: January 2nd 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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"Julie's missing. You have to get her back."
The minute he got the message, undercover agent Logan Quinn sprang into action. Getting Juliana James out of Mexico alive was the Elite Ops covert agent's only priority. But once the senator's daughter was safely back in their Mississippi hometown, Logan had a new mission: to get another chance with the woman he couldn't lose again.
Juliana had never forgotten the day, ten years ago, when Logan left her heart in pieces. Now he was back in her life, sworn to protect her from the ruthless weapons dealer who wanted her dead. As passion blindsided her --and she was once again thrust into danger -- Julie realized how much she'd risk for one more day in Logan's arms.
They’re “shadow agents” and they have the fear-inducing knack of getting in and getting out without anyone knowing they’re coming or that they’ve even been there. Ten years ago they rescued the senator’s daughter, saving her from a burning building. She worried for years about the other prisoner who was being harrassed and tortured by the leader of a weapons cartel. Yet she never knew what happened to him. Now she is once again in the sites of that ruthless criminal and once again Logan is called upon, with his team, to protect her and keep her alive. What comes alive once again is the passion they shared and the possibilities Logan walked away from a decade ago.
This is another cover-ops suspense novel but it is so very well done. There are mysteries galore here, unanswered questions piling up as the story proceeds and in the middle is a woman’s life that Logan and his team never seem to be able to get out of range of those who would destroy her. And in the midst of all this tension and secrets, there is the sexual tension between these old lovers, both of whom still know that a greater portion of their hearts belongs to the other. It’s a fast a furious read, never letting the reader get comfortable, not taking up a great deal of time as it is not an overly long story. But the author has packed every page with action and tension and suspense while pairing it with the frustration these lovers are experiencing as they try to find their way back to one another. Juliana also makes some discoveries that upend everything she thought she knew about herself and her life so that there are twists and turns, secrets revealed and some of those are life-threatening.
This could be classified as a short novel, but this line of novels has been one of Harlequin’s best in recent years. It’s the kind of novel that you can read in a relatively short space of time and one that will never be boring. As a fan of that curious mixture known as romantic suspense fiction, I was delighted to find this novel and as one who has enjoyed Ms Eden’s work in the past, it was really great to find out that once more she has nailed the genre and given her readers a terrific story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I give it a rating of 4 out of 5.
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