Killing Time

Cindy Gerard
Killing Time
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Pocket Books
Release Date
January 2013
Book 1 of One-Eyed Jacks
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

"We can do this easy," she whispered close to his ear as he groaned in agony, "or it can go real hard on you."

Well, of course he wasn't going to go easy.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cindy Gerard plunges readers into the heart of a seductive contest of wills between a hard-living hero and a beautiful rogue operative who is on a mission to dig up the secrets of his past. Tension sizzles in this pulse-pounding first adventure in Gerard's action-packed new series as Eva Salinas lures Mike Brown from the sultry streets of Lima, Peru, to the desolate Idaho wilderness on the hunt for the cold-blooded traitor behind a fatal military operation that haunts them both.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 27, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
90 people found the following review helpful
Cindy Gerard opens a new series with an explosive first book, guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat with spine-tingling excitement, romance and adventure!

Operation Slam Dunk had gone wrong, and eight years later, Michael Brown was still paying the price for it. His career shot to hell, his life gone to pieces. That is...until Eva Salinas showed up, insisting that there was a conspiracy and asking him to help her investigate, to get to the truth to honor the men who had died, and to get his life back.

Mike Brown is an innocent man accused wrongly, and as a reader, you'd really feel for him. It was great to see him change, as his life begins to fill with purpose again--to clear his name, to discover the truth, and to find love. I love that he bonded with the Black Ops guys in the previous books and that they readily extended him a helping hand. I think there's something about danger that bonded the men and women who went through it together.

Eva Salinas is an intriguing heroine. The widow of one of the men who'd died when Operation Slam Dunk went awry, she was a fascinating combination of vulnerability and guts and spunk.

KILLING TIME is vintage Cindy Gerard, a great combination of mystery, romance and action. I enjoyed reading the book very much, and I finished it pretty much in one go. That said, I do have one minor quibble. I read romantic suspense, especially books featuring military heroes, only sporadically, and hence, the meaning of some of the terms elude me. I'm pretty sure they weren't explained in the story, and I couldn't also divine the meaning from the context. It wasn't until I googled up the word that I understood what they were talking about. So, while an explanation inside the story might be jarring, as the characters would certainly know what the terms mean, a glossary of terms for the beginner reader would certainly be appreciated. I read the advance copy, so maybe it wasn't included.

Though I haven't read the Black Ops books, I'm intrigued enough by the mention of the previous characters to hunt their books up. Yes, series fans will be happy to see cameo appearances from Joe Green, Gabe and Jenna. And oh yes, to read about Mike Brown, of course. I only hope he's featured in those books.
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