Aug 5 2014 8:30am

First Look: Katie Reus’s Bound to Danger (August 5, 2014)

Bound to Danger by Katie ReusKatie Reus
Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2)
Signet / August 5, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

In Bound to Danger, the second book of Katie Reus’s Deadly Ops series, terrorists are bombing Miami. They have a message that they want to make sure everyone remembers—but there's one woman who might actually know too much.

Maria Cervantes has been sick as a dog for the last week, but she still needs to attend the Westwood’s gala. The Bayside Community Center that Maria runs needs the donations of many of the people in attendance so she has to suck back the nausea, put on her party smile and hope to make it through the night without vomiting on someone important.

By the time she makes the drive to the party, she is ready to crawl back into her bed. Her mother’s friend finds Maria pale and shaky and leads her to a private room in the back of the mansion and goes in search of Maria’s mother. Good thing there was a bathroom off the suite since Maria isn’t able to hold off the nausea any longer.

When she is finally able to return to the room to await her mother, she hears several men arguing loudly and making plans to bomb Miami landmarks and residences. She has to tell someone, call the FBI, something, but first she had to get away before these men see her. She is able to sneak out and slip over the balcony but as she is running across the lawn looking for someone working security, the night turns into day.

As she tried to find an opening small enough that she could shove through, a rumble, then a horrific blast filled the air. She spun around, heart in her throat. Not truly comprehending what she was seeing, she felt her stomach pitch when a giant ball of orange flames tore through the sky, engulfing the west and east side of the mansion.

Another rumble ripped through the air as the place started crumbling in on itself. Her mouth opened, but no sound came out as the knowledge that her mother had been in there pierced through her numbed mind. Darkness edged her vision, but she started to run toward the fire, needing to get to her mom, when another ball of flames tore through the night sky. Her entire body trembled under the impact, heat warming her despite the distance from the building. She blindly reached for something to hold her up but collapsed to her knees as her legs gave way. Tears streamed down her face as, unable to help, unable to breathe, she watched the place implode on itself.

Though she tried to fight it off, the darkness that had threatened to overtake her earlier suddenly claimed her as she passed out.

Maria wakes up in the hospital. Her first thought is that she had to tell someone…who? well she had to tell them…something…something important. But the only thing anyone wants to know is why was she the only one to survive? Why was she so far away from the mansion when it exploded. Because…wait, why was she out in the yard? She had to get somewhere…but where?

God, why couldn’t she remember anything? The doctors said her mind was blocking out what she’d seen as a defense mechanism and that she might eventually get her memories back. Eventually wasn’t good enough.

Unmercifully, Maria does remember the explosion and the fact that her mother was inside at the time, as well as the fact that the FBI agent walking into her hospital room broke her heart years ago.

Her eyes widened in recognition. The tattoos were new, but the thug was Cade O’Reilly. He’d served in the Marines with her brother. They’d been best friends and her brother, Riel, named after her father, had even brought him home a few times. But that was years ago. Eight to be exact. It was hard to forget the man who’d completely cut her out of his life when her brother died, as if she meant nothing to him.

Maria might not be happy to have Cade walk back into her life to be her government appointed babysitter, but she knows that there is something important that she has to tell someone and it is better to have that someone close by. Whenever she closes her eyes, flashes come back to her. Now it is even more important that she needs her memory to come back soon since every moment spent with Cade brings back all the pain of how he walked away from her, leaving her alone to grieve for her brother and for him.

The government isn’t the only one who believes Maria knows more than she is telling them. The bombers also want to know why she wasn’t in the mansion, what she knows, and more importantly, what she might have told anyone about their plans. They have an agenda and if they have to torture those answers out of Maria before they kill her, well, what is one more death of an innocent who stands in the path of their great cause?

Bound to Danger is both romantic and suspenseful, a fast-paced sexy book full of high stakes action.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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