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April 6, 2015

Suped Up: The Way Home & Running Blind by Cindy Gerard

 
The Way Home | Running Blind
Cindy Gerard
One-Eyed Jacks 2 & 3
October 29, 2014 | February 24, 2015
Gallery Books | Pocket Books
Romantic Suspense-Military





And to think I almost skipped Cindy Gerard! Oh what a crying shame if I actually did! See, I got THE WAY HOME last year, but because I wasn't feeling romantic suspense at that time (really I didn't know who CGerard is. Ignorant, right?), I conveniently put it in a box and forgot all about it. Thank the book gods for Spring Cleaning otherwise these gems would be sitting ignored and I would've missed out on something truly awesome.

One-Eyed Jacks series is a spin-off of CGerard's other series, The Bodyguards followed by Black Ops Inc.. None of which I've read, including the first Jack book, Killing Time. It didn't damper my interest for these though, nor did I feel lost in the story. CGerard provided brief backstories about the characters and previous events so I was pretty much filled in. 

THE WAY HOME is my favorite of the two, and one of the best military romantic suspense I've read in possibly EVER! The story was two-fold, one part was stateside involving Jess, a widow, and her sweet romance with former military man, Tyler Brown. Unbeknownst to Jess, her husband J.R. is still alive in Afghanistan, but severely injured, has amnesia, and PTSD. J.R. is being nursed and hidden from the Taliban by, Rabia, an Afghan whom he has fallen in love with. Jess and Tyler were made aware of the situation while planning their wedding, and as if this wasn't enough, Tyler volunteered to help with J.R.'s rescue resulting to a heartpounding and nail biting military extraction complete with conspiracies, and other hair raising revelations.

As you can tell, THE WAY HOME's plot is beyond complex. I had anxiety over this love-square because it felt so unfair that these people had to deal with this, while feeling relieved that J.R. is alive and surviving the horrors of his campaign in Afghanistan. I was flying through the pages because I would like to know how the heck CGerard is going to untangle the kinks out of the situation. Obviously she did it brilliantly! Oh my poor heart was tugged, pulled and stretched in different directions. I felt like my chest did yoga because I was emotionally spent after reading this, but in a good way. I know the cover looks Christmasy, THE WAY HOME wasn't overflowing with holiday stuff. The resolution just happened right around Christmas so the message about peace and harmony was more meaningful than the usual for the characters. 


RUNNING BLIND is totally different from The Way Home in that it's less emotional, more action-packed, and adrenalin drenched. Here we have a gorgeous couple complete with model good looks, and brains & brawn to boot! It was lust at first sight for Jamie Cooper and Rhonda Burns, and out of professionalism, they tried to fight their attraction, but to no avail. Eventually they gave in and it was quite obvious that they belong together. 

I love the sinister plot of RUNNING BLIND. Aside from the MC's POV, we're also treated to the One-Eyed Jacks's would be assassin's plot to kill the Jacks. I admit it was a little anti-climactic because we're spared the guesswork of who the villain is. CGerard made up for this by providing us with high-powered chases involving Russian counter-intelligence, a secret project in Area 51, and a revenge plot that goes back as far as the Jack's inception in the Middle East. There's a lot of history involved here and past couples made powerful cameos that were really touching. I enjoyed Coop and Rhonda's fiery romance. Rhonda in particular captured my heart because this buxom beauty is not only a computer genius, she can handle and dish out major firepower too! Rhonda saved Coop from a Russian ambush and I love that little role reversal. 

One-Eyed Jacks has everything I love about the romantic suspense genre, plus it doesn't hurt that our heroes and heroines are part of the armed forces. A little terrorist action never hurt a book like this, and CGerard dealt it in spades. The romances are always tender and spicy, but not overly lusty that one would doubt the emotional connections of the couples. So if you want to give your heart a little work out, try this series. It's sure to sensitize your desensitized palate. These HEA's will shake you to the core and will linger on your mind long after you've put down the book. 








37 comments:

  1. Like the sound of the military suspense. And those are two very different covers for spinoffs

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    1. I know right? The Way home is the odd ball in the series.

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  2. You know I haven't read any of her book either...think I'm the only one left, lols. Love the reviews chica!

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    1. You should try at least The Way Home, Sharonda. It's the bomb.com

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  3. If I were just browsing I wouldn't have known the books are related; the covers are so different. I haven't read many suspense this year but hopefully I'll find something soon. Nice reviews!

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    1. right? I think The Way Home was supposed to be the Christmas special thingy. you should definitely try suspense, YA has a few ones I like. Let me know if you want recs.

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  4. Okay, I'm ignorant, I have no clue who this author is. I'll have to correct that soon! Great reviews :D

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    1. I feel you, that's why I felt the need to share this gem with everyone!

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  5. I'm ignorant too, lmao! I don't know this author, but if I had seen both of these books back to back, I would not think they are in the same series at all. I'm loving the romantic suspense here lately and definitely want to look into this author :D

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    1. And here is an example why series covers should look similar.

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  6. Oh I think it's the first time I hear about this author but she sounds good! I'm not that much into military romance and all because of the military but it can be good so maybe one day. Great review!

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    1. I feel you, there are certain sub genre's that doesn't draw me in like sports romance and rock stars in general.

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  7. Well, I guess I'm also ignorant, because I've never heard of CGerard. From your review, I'm getting a sense of an experienced author, with more than a few tricks up her sleeve, and that's enough to get my attention. The second book sounds interesting too, though in a completely different way. So what - you're reviewing two books at a time now?! I mean, don't you ever sleep, woman??? :)))

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    1. I'm so surprised that not a lot of people know her. I thought it's just me!

      I sleep, believe me, I do. Haven't you noticed how much I've been slacking off lately?

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  8. I don't know that I've heard of CGerard, Braine, but I will be making some time for her. I especially like the sound of The Way Home. I really like romantic suspense and I read so little of it, they both sound great. Thanks for introducing me to a new author! :)

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  9. My palate most definitely needs to be sensitized, lol :D They sound awesome, even if I'm not always game with military romantic suspense. Maybe these babies will change that :D

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    1. Time to step outside that comfort zone, Livia ;)

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  10. Thanks for bringing these two to my attention! I have a few of her books somewhere, but haven't gotten them yet. I love military romantic suspense!

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    1. Dig them out, you'll be glad you did

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  11. They both sound good :D

    But ugh snow ;)

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  12. I like how you do the double review :) I haven't heard of either of these, but they do sound good!

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    1. Ha! Glad you think so, it's what I call lazy review.

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  13. I'm not really so big on the military aspect usually, but I don't know, the rest sounds pretty good and I tend to often like romantic suspense. I'm glad you were able to squeeze these in and loved them!

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    1. It's sports and rockstar romances I can't get into. I don't know why. But I totally get why this might not be your thing. Thanks for checking it out though.

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  14. I'm not really a military romantic suspense person, but I can't deny how good The Way Home sounds!

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    1. Well then Ihope you make an exception for The Way Home. You won't regret it.

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  15. Wow! Spring clean more often if it results in these sorts of finds. I haven't read Cindy Gerard yet, but I have her books on the pile so I can fix that. The Way Home sounds fantastic.

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  16. Oh I need to try her! I've heard others rave but just not made it there yet. I think The Way Home needs to come home with me :D

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    1. You will love it! It'll make you want to try and bake cupcakes!

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  17. Both these books sound great. The second is a bit less emotional but seems to follow on ok. Glad you enjoyed them, bring on the next one??

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  18. I do like romantic suspense. I would've walked passed it too. I stopped when I saw you had a review for two books, one Suped up and one Loved it. That caught my attention. I'll have to check it out. Thanks :-)

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  19. Both of these books sound good. I'm always looking for something new to try. I'm trying to branch out more. Great way to get people to stop by, by featuring two reviews together.

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  20. I have yet to read Gerard but I do have a book of hers in my TBR pile. Both of these books sound wonderful; the love-square (great term!) sounds emotional. I may see if my library has these.

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  21. Cindy Gerard is an amaing author and friend. I have read every series she has read. Some several times. These books are amazing. The One-Eyes Jacks which Running Blind is part of don't miss that book...
    The Way Home is emotional but oh so good..Laugh out loud with these books. The guys and women in these books are just really great, and once the series ends you don't want to say goodbye. Cindy will surprise you...So buy her books.

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