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March 14, 2016

Suped Up: Taking Fire by Cindy Gerard

Series: One-Eyed Jacks 4
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 23, 2016 
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romantic Suspense


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.




And we have another hit from the one and only, Cindy Gerard! I'm fairly new to the One-Eyed Jacks series and so far, all the books are solid 5s! 

TAKING FIRE is the 4th installment in the series and its fresh, it's exciting, a definite white-knuckle adventure from start to finish. I felt like I was reading a "movie" because I was very much engaged and found it impossible to put down the book, motion sickness be damned! CGerard made my roadtrip to Chicago felt shorter (and better) thanks to Bobby and Talia's suspenseful story. 

Book-ended by a fast, furious, and sizzling romance, TAKING FIRE takes us to war-ridden Middle East, from Afghanistan to Oman. This novel was more adventure than love story. The situation Bobby and Talia find themselves in is gut wrenching and mortally terrifying. Fighting off terrorists, doing x-ops work, dodging assassinations, abduction, rabid car chases, the list goes on! CGerard took a page off Jason Bourne with this one from the looks of it. My heart is in my throat the entire time, the pace is heart stopping and the bad guys are such formidable foes! 

The romance is just as good even if it didn't take a lot of pages to tell. CGerard told Bobby and Talia's love story in so few words but it didn't diminish the depth and complexity of their relationship. Bobby was Talia's mark and things moved fast in a couple of days. Not necessarily insta-love, more like #YOLO and because of the nature of their jobs (both are soldiers), their carpe diem attitude is justified. But things didn't flow smoothly, their assignments got in the way of things and things got VERY complicated. The romance overall is moving and I love how the entire thing was drawn out and resolved. 

TAKING FIRE is one hell of a romantic suspense! Every One-Eyed Jack novel has a different theme and flavor that's why it never gets boring. Another incentive is you can read the books either out of order, because there's no series arc and each story is independent from the rest; or as standalone, however, I strongly discourage this because all the books are good and you'll be missing out on a lot if you skip any. 

53 comments:

  1. Soooo I need to get my act together and get her read it sounds like.

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  2. Looks like a good read! My first time hearing of this series. hmm, romantic suspense... interesting genre.

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    1. It's really good! Pushes the adrenaline rush several levels up

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  3. Thanks for sharing. that's great you've loved all these books so far. That's awesome and kind of rare.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  4. lol! I like how you described the romance. And the fact that it reads like a movie really has me interested.

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    1. Since I'm comparing it to a movie, I might as well borrow the cliche phrase hehehe

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  5. Romantic suspense with a side of carpe diem love entanglements - you do make it sound appealing, lovely... :D I would really like to try out this series and here's to hoping. Hope your week is going well... Hugs <3

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    1. Ramona my love, how I've missed you!! I hope things are okay on your end :)

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  6. SOOOLD. I'm getting this series. I love action-packed romance!!

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  7. Fun!

    P.S. I sent you a tweet last week - I read Flirting with Fire and loved it...thanks :-)

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. It or buried. I was away last week & im glad you loved it! You have to try her series with Entangled too

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  8. I'm always looking for more romantic suspense because I've read so few. And how have I not heard of this series?? Some of the rom suspense I've tried didn't have a good balance between the romance and the action, more often than not I wanted more action, but this sounds great! I'm off to check this series out!
    Great review, Braine! :)

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    1. You will love this series, it's a romantic buffet!

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  9. I love a good romantic suspense series!

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  10. I love that all are solid fives with you. That almost NEVER happens except with my absolute favorite authors :) I really need to pick up this author one of these days and give her a shot!

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    1. I got hooked right away. Cindy speaks my book Romance language; subtle but powerful

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  11. Good to know I can pick this up and jump in without reading the others. I love the sound of the mystery and the supsense. Plus a five star rating! Sold.

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    1. Don't forget her when you next have a craving for romantic suspense!

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  12. Great review. This was definitely a good read when you are looking something action packed. It definitely felt like a movie when reading it.

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    1. Yup, my imaginary male lead was Matt Damon hahahahaha

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  13. it's great that it's like that for this series! so much fun to find one so good! I'm curious!

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  14. I bet if I show my bf this book cover he'd know what gun it was *shakes head* Maybe I can convince him to read one of these books mwhahaha

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  15. Taking Fire sounds fabulous and a little mouth-watering, Braine! I love those kinds of stories, and I'm not sure why, but ex-military guys make awesome heroes ;)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Oh they do! I kept thinking to myself that I want my own soldier! Although I think it's nerve wracking when they're deployed so I might not be able to handle the anxiety

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  16. She's on the list - the long, long list. LOL

    Glad it was riveting. I love when a story does that to me.

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    1. I feel you, all of our lists are taller than us

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  17. I love reading books and thinking that it would make a great movie or that what you're reading is as action packed as a movie. Really easy to get drawn into a book like that.

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    1. Right? It instantly transports you in a very vivid space

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  18. This sounds fabulous, glad you love it so much. Definitely something I should look into more.

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    1. I know you're burned out, but just in case you want to try something different, I suggest you pick up this series

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  19. I like books like that, where you have to keep reading cause you NEED answers. Glad you loved it!

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    1. Yes! Books that keeps you engaged! And for big readers like us, that's a big comment because we're desensitized to an extent. We've read it all.

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  20. I went to a conference where she did a panel on learning stuff to write it correctly. I got her books after that. She is really good :)

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    1. This is the only series of hers that I read, have you tried the Ones you got? Any good?

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  21. Alrighty I added book one to my Amazon wishlist...this sounds like it has so many elements I love in romantic suspense. I am excited!!

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    1. You get a different kind with every book. Hard to get tired with this

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  22. Sounds like a good series with how they all have been solid 5 stars for you so far! Sounds like there is a lot of action, danger and adventure besides the romance. I am still new to the romantic suspense genre and not sure yet what kind of books I like, but I might check out this one as it sounds good. Great review!

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  23. Oh hello. 5 Stars! That's a rare occurrence. ;) I love me some romantic suspense, so I need to add these books to my repertoire.

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    1. OH I really hope you enjoy this series, Joy, it's so good!

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  24. I have Killing Time - guess this is a series I should get to sooner rather than later! I'm happy it helped make your road trip happier, Braine! ;)

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  25. I am so relieved to see how much you enjoyed this one!! I just love this genre and I am very curious about this author.

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  26. Sounds like this was such a great read Braine! I love it when an author can sweep you away like that!! And for Talia to fall for her mark... yup, sounds like a helluva lot of fun!

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  27. This sounds like an awesome book. I'm thinking that I need to read more romantic Suspense novels this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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