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After being wounded in action, NSA agent Nathan Ortiz comes home to Miami, eager to return to duty. But he doesn't expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over. A beautiful, successful restaurateur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially to struggling women. Then a woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and, unfortunately, she isn’t the first to go missing. Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world, working side by side with Nathan, the only man she’s ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy preying on the poor and weak. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to survive.
This story is one of those you won’t remember that much after you read it because nothing really stands out. This is a book 5 in an established series by a really good writer yet it was wrought with cliché after cliché.
First of all, the whole trope of special ops going investigating a missing girls ring is so common. Second, the second chance love where the characters were separated over some lame reason is another overdone story-line. Third, the lovers from the opposite walks of life theme was just the icing on this predictable installment.
I have read Katie Reus in other series and find her work highly engaging and enjoying. This book fell below those standards for me. The actual writing was entertaining, the chemistry between the main character Nathan Ortiz and Amelia Rios felt authentic. I just had a hard time grasping is how such an agent of Nathan’s caliber never bothered looking Amelia up all this time. She is a business owner and has done well for herself but she never bothered checking on the man whom she claimed she never stopped loving. I always roll my eyes because it rings hollow.
I hope the next book brings more flavor to this genre.
*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.