Series: Shadow Agents #3
Published by Harlequin, Intrigue on July 23, 2013
Genres: Contemp Romance, Rom-Suspense
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
Heart-pounding action meets smoldering desire in USA TODAY bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents miniseries! Two years ago Gunner Ortez saved Sydney Sloan's life on a mission gone wrong. And ever since then, he's been watching her back. Now a hostage-rescue mission is about to blow the Elite Ops agents' lives apart once again.
Working side by side back in the jungles of Peru, the heat between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever-and so are the threats to their lives. With the danger escalating, Sydney knows Gunner is her only hope at successfully completing their assignment. But the ex-SEAL who arouses passion she'd only dreamed about also poses the greatest risk to the secret she carries in her heart...and in her belly.
In this third installment of Cynthia Eden’s Shadow Agents series, we finally get to see Sydney and Gunner’s story. If you haven’t been following the series, it’s okay because this can be read as a stand-alone, and if you have, then you know that Sydney was once engaged to Slade, Gunner’s brother. 2 years ago, he was killed in a mission in Peru, and Sydney is ready to move on. Gunner, however, blames himself for the not saving Slade, and thinks Sydney must still be in love with him.
But Sydney has moved on, and she wants to move on with Gunner. But he’s not willing. Not until she finally decides to stop waiting on him.
From the first time Gunner saw Sydney, he knew she could never be his. How could she? He hid the fact his brother cheated on her, and he tried to have her back as much as possible, but he knew that friends and partners were all they could ever be. If he hadn’t forgiven himself for Slade’s death, how could she?
But when he sees her dancing with tall, hot and blond in a club, Gunner can barely drag her out of there fast enough. One thing leads to another, and they finally combust!
Their next mission throws that all out the window, however when they find out who they’re supposed to rescue. They wind up back in Peru, and everything from the target they have to rescue to their time back in the States is thrown into jeopardy.
Between their newfound relationship, and the fact that someone is still ordering hits on Shadow Agents (remember from Guardian Ranger? That bad guy was never caught!), Sydney and Gunner have a hard road in front of them. But with Sydney in the assassin’s sights, can Gunner save her? Or will their past continue to haunt them.
I’ve really enjoyed Cynthia Eden’s Harlequin Intrigues, and I absolutely recommend them to anyone in the mood for a good romantic suspense with an alpha hero.
***ARC courtesy of Harlequin via netgalley