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Posted December 9, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As the 3rd book in the Taskforce
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As the 3rd book in the Taskforce Series we had met Tobias Burke before. We have had a taste of his brand of humor in the t-shirts he likes to wear. He goes undercover to sweet talk Dylan into giving up secrets about the militia she commands to determine if she is in fact involved in the murder of the Secretary of Defense. The romance is NOT smooth and is at times very tense. It would be too easy were he able to go in and talk her socks off and much more. I love Marliss Melton's writing style. She has a wonderful understanding of what soldiers go through and uses her knowledge of soldier life in her books. Love is not easy and when you put two strong people like Tobias and Dylan together sparks are going to fly! When they finally ignite it is like an explosion. Hard to handle and sometimes takes time to come to terms, but in the end you know where you should be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2013
Ms. Melton delivers - again
Marliss Melton is one of my favorite authors. I can hardly wait for another book to come out. This was not one of my favorites, but I'm glad I read it. It had actin, romance, a good story line, and the tee shirts were memorable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2013
Opposites attract...and that is a beautiful thing. You've probab
Opposites attract...and that is a beautiful thing. You've probably never met a hero and heroine who, at first glance, seem less likely to become soul mates than Tobias Burke and Dylan Connelly, but that is the beauty of this book; by the end, you will be certain that they were made for each other. As the story begins, Tobias is sent to Harper's Ferry, WV, to infiltrate the Second Amendment Militia, whose leader, former Army captain Dylan Connelly, is suspected of planting the car bomb that killed the Secretary of Defense. Tobias, an ATF agent on loan to the Interagency Counterterrorism Taskforce, has read Dylan's file and he knows she has a Constructionist view of the US Constitution, an ingrained distrust of the federal government and a raging case of post-traumatic stress disorder, so he expects her to be unstable. What he's not prepared for is her vulnerability and his reaction to it. His specialty is charming women into revealing secrets, mostly about their gun-running or drug-smuggling husbands or boyfriends, and he's not above faking his feelings to do it. But the more he gets to know Dylan, the idea of seducing such a wounded soul under false pretenses rankles more than ever before. Still, orders are orders...until Tobias begins to suspect that Dylan is being framed. While evidence mounts to the contraty, Tobias refuses to believe the woman he is falling for is a killer. Even his bomb-sniffing dog, Milly, loves her, so she can't be guilty...right? Well, of course right, but the path Ms. Melton takes to get her characters from adversaries to lovers is as curvy as the streets of Harper's Ferry are steep. The plot twists keep the pages turning, but it was the motivations behind Dylan's and the real villain's actions that I found truly unique, yet completely believable. So, can a federal agent and an anti-government militia leader really live happily ever after? If anybody can do it, these two can.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As with the two previous books in this series, Ms. Melton gives us a variety of engaging secondary characters, the most memorable of which is Dylan's executive officer, Lt. Terrence Ashby. He and Dylan have a very special bond forged under the most traumatic of circumstances. Also, be on the lookout for TJ Hamilton, a new member of the Taskforce who I, for one, hope is featured prominently in the next book. We only get a glimpse of him here, but he leaves a lasting impression. Taskforce leader Ike Calhoun and former FBI agent Jackson Maddox are back as well, and we get to see them evolve a bit, too, which makes me look forward to another book in this series even more.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention Tobias' vast t-shirt collection. The man has a shirt for every occasion and/or attitude one can imagine. My personal favorite is 'IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, DON'T TICKLE THE DRAGON', and yes, there is plenty of heat between Dylan and Tobias to keep this dragon happy. I read this book on my NOOK, but when the paperback comes out, it already has a spot reserved on my 'keeper' shelf.
Posted July 31, 2013
The Enforcer is the third book in Marliss Melton¿s Taskforce ser
The Enforcer is the third book in Marliss Melton’s Taskforce series. It tells the story of Special Agent Tobias Burke, an undercover agent working with the Counterterrorist Taskforce to protect the USA from terrorists, both foreign and domestic. Toby is a former Army Ranger who believes that his work with the Taskforce is important and necessary. On the other side of the coin is Captain Dylan Connelly, a former Marine Quartermaster who currently leads a militia group….not the best job for someone suffering from a severe case of PTSD.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Taskforce believes, based on her psych profile and reputation, that Dylan is their prime suspect in the murder of the Secretary of Defense. They send Toby in, undercover, to infiltrate the group and to get closer to Dylan. Toby is surprised at the attraction he feels towards the beautiful yet fragile Dylan. As he uses his considerable charms to get closer to Dylan, Toby is conflicted over his growing feelings for his prime suspect. As their attraction grows and his feelings for Dylan deepen, Toby realizes that she is being framed.
Convinced that she is innocent, even as evidence to the contrary grows, Toby does whatever it takes to protect Dylan and show everyone that she in innocent.
As an avid reader, I can usually tell from the first chapter or so if I am going to enjoy a book. Marliss Melton had posted the 1st chapter on her web site prior to the release of The Enforcer and I can say I was waiting eagerly to read it! I’ve read all of her books and loved them and fully expected The Enforcer to meet my high standards……….I was not disappointed!!! Melton has a way of drawing the reader in and letting them really get to know her characters, even the secondary characters.
It didn’t take me long to fall just a little in love with Toby. The conflict he felt between his job and the woman he was developing deep feelings for was profound….as a reader, you could feel how hard it was for him when he realized his feelings for this woman were more than just lust.
I have to admit, I’m still not sure if I really, really like Dylan or if I dislike her on some level. As a reader of Romantic Suspense that’s a rarity for me, to be conflicted over a main character. Usually I fall in love with the “to root for” couple. With Dylan, I went back and forth. She has a lot of characteristics that I admire and respect in my heroines ---- intelligence, strength of character, loyalty, integrity. Dylan really is a fantastic character. I just don’t know if I like her.
As a couple, Toby and Dylan have worked very hard to be together, these are two people who are damaged emotionally, Dylan much more so than Toby. Because of their clear philosophical differences, they will have to work hard every day to remain a couple…..and I liked that, while they got their “happily ever after”, the readers know that it will not be all sunshine and roses going forward.
The conflicted feelings that I have for Dylan is what makes Marliss Melton such a great writer. It was actually refreshing for me to not fall immediately in love with the “to root for” couple.
The storyline itself was well written, captivating and, at times, very thought provoking. I enjoyed Toby and Dylan’s journey immensely!! It didn’t take me very long to read it because I just couldn’t put it down!
For fans of Melton’s work, The Enforcer is a must read. If you’ve never read her work I highly encourage you to grab up The Enforcer. It may be part of the Taskforce series, but it is a stand - alone novel so you don’t have to read the books that came before it (although you should as they are great books!!).
Posted March 10, 2014
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