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Hard Target: Elite Ops - Book One

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Good

    I liked it

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    a really great story

    recommended...

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    The first book in the Elite Ops series is a fast action packed t

    The first book in the Elite Ops series is a fast action packed thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
    Recovering from a drug bust gone wrong, Leeland wants nothing more than to rebuild his life.  But when a woman and her son are threatened, he can’t ignore his instincts.  When her son is kidnapped, Anna has no choice but to trust this stranger to protect her and her son deep in cartel territory.
    The author does a great job of conveying all the emotional turmoil of the characters in this intriguing book with strong captivating characters that draw the reader deeper into the story and are easily related to.  The action and drama is defined in vivid detail making seem like the reader is there right along with Leeland and Anna as they fight for their lives and the life of her son.
    The romance between Leeland and Anna slowly build throughout the book and is appropriately paced with the events taking place.  The suspense builds throughout the fast paced plot with lots of believable action and engaging characters. The book starts off with a glimpse of the major characters lives at the beginning before the major conflict of the story starts.  This gives the reader a great feel for the characters personalities and motivations and adds depth to the book.
    This book is well written with lots of suspense and drama that keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end.  The author has created an agency full of compelling characters that leave the reader wanting to know more about them and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Romantic suspense 4.5 stars! I have just finished reading HARD T

    Romantic suspense 4.5 stars!
    I have just finished reading HARD TARGET by Kay Thomas. This is the first installment in the Elite Ops series, which are ex-military men and the women that will share their lives. This is the first book that I read by Ms. Thomas. I am so glad to have won this thrilling book! Wow, this was a fast-paced suspense! It had everything I needed in a romantic suspense! I loved her characters Leland Hollis, a former DEA agent and Anna Mercado. It's a beautiful love story and a captivating adventure filled with action and intrigue. This story was well written and I really enjoyed it! I recommend this book if you are a fan of a romantic suspense and I will surely watch for her second book in the Elite Ops series. I had fun reading it

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Leland Hollis character is not your typical sexy alpha ex-milita

    Leland Hollis character is not your typical sexy alpha ex-military guy. He’s fighting some heavy guilt over things in his past and struggling with a physical injuries that have him dependent on medication. Leland is ill-prepared to rescue a woman and her child fighting for their life. But that is exactly what he does. I love that he doesn’t hesitate to help, even though he’s injured and definitely not on the job. His sense of honor and integrity propel him to step up. And he doesn’t stop there. He proves himself a worthy hero over and over again to you, putting himself in situations most people would balk at. Even as he’s doing all this, he’s not a perfect guy. You see him struggle with a possible addiction and waffle with his decision to continue on this dangerous situation to help people he doesn’t even know.

    Anna Mercado is nearing the end of her marriage. She’s ready to move and and deal with the realities of a sick child. But things about about to get much worse for her when her ex-husband attacks her. At first I was annoyed with Anna’s character. The fact she was letting her jerk of a husband into her life again after knowing what a sleaze he is bothered me. But that opinion changes pretty quick once she has to protect her only child from the one person who is suppose to love him the most. Anna comes off as a quiet and meek person, but complete shatters that stereotype, coming out of these crazy situations as a stronger person. There is a certain point in the book that has tears rolling down my face. The sacrifice Anna is willing to make for her son really touched me. Being a parent myself, I felt all the emotions she felt having to make a decision like this.

    Hard Target keeps you edging toward the end of your chair as you read. Just when you think they’re out of the woods, Leland and Anna are propelled into another gut wrenching scene. I liked that Kay used the Mexican cartels as a plot point. Since these cartels are in the news, you feel the deep sense of danger and foreboding with these scary characters.

    The romance between Anna and Leland slowly builds as these two going through this crisis together. Their attraction to each other is immediate, but they don’t act on it until they cannot resist each other any longer, even as lives are being threatened. I love that Leland doesn’t take advantage of Anna when she clearly wants him but it’s not right to act on his libido. It made me love him even more.

    I enjoyed Hard Target. The actions scenes are well-written and detailed making you feel like you’re right in the action. I also like that it’s written in third person. It helps me get into the character’s heads and understand their thoughts and actions. I’ll definitely read the future books in this series based on this book. I give Hard Target 4 out of 5 stars. Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz

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