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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780373697045
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Harlequin Intrigue Series , #1437
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of romantic suspense novels and paranormal romances. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel, DEADLY FEAR, was named a RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia lives in the Deep South, loves horror movies, and has an addiction to chocolate. More information about Cynthia may be found on her website (www.cynthiaeden.com) or on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cynthiaedenfanpage).

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The kidnapper had a gun pressed to Sydney's head.

Gunner Ortez stopped breathing when he saw Sydney's beautiful face fill his scope. So perfect. Delicate, high cheekbones. The soft curve of her nose. The full, red lips…

And the green eyes that stared straight back at him. Seeming to know where he was. Her green gaze that showed no fear even as that soon-to-be-dead man jammed the gun harder into her temple.

"Do you have the shot?" a low voice asked in his ear. The earpiece wouldn't even be noticed by most people. Uncle Sam was great at inventing gear that his soldiers could use anytime, anyplace.

With a minimum of fuss and a maximum of damage.

Gunner's finger was curled over the trigger, but he wasn't taking the shot. "Negative, Alpha One," he told his team leader. "Sydney isn't clear."

And he was sweating, feeling a tendril of fear—when he never felt fear. There was no room for emotion on any of their missions.

He worked with a group far off the grid. The Elite Ops Division wasn't on any books anywhere in the U.S. government. They took the jobs that the rest of the world wasn't meant to know about. In particular, his EOD team—code-named the Shadow Agents—had a reputation for deadly accuracy when it came to taking out their targets.

And this guy…that jerk with the trembling finger, he was going down. The man had kidnapped an ambassador's daughter. Held her for ransom, and when the ransom had been paid, he'd still killed her.

He'd thought he could hide from justice.

He'd thought wrong.

Sydney's intel had led them to Jonathan Hall. Led them to his hideout just over the border in Mexico.

Sydney had volunteered to go in, to make sure that Hall was holding no civilians.

Now she was the one being held.

"He can't leave the scene," Logan Quinn said, the faint drawl of the South sliding beneath the team leader's words as they carried easily over the transmitter. "You know our orders."

Containment or death. Yeah, Gunner knew the drill, because the ambassador's daughter hadn't been the first victim. Hall liked to kill.

Gunner stared down at the man, at Sydney. You won't kill her.

Sydney's face was emotionless. Like a pale canvas, waiting for life. That wasn't her. She was always brimming with emotion, letting it spill over onto everything and everyone.

It was only on the missions that she changed.

How many more missions would she take? She seemed to be putting herself at risk more these days. He hated that.

He shifted his position, testing the wind. Hall wouldn't see him. He was too far away. Gunner's specialty was attacking from a distance.

There was no target that he couldn't reach.

He could take out that man right now. A perfect shot…if he hadn't been worried that Hall's finger would jerk on that trigger at impact.

"I want the gun away from her head," Gunner snapped into his mouthpiece.

But even as he said the words, he saw Sydney's lips moving.

Take. The. Shot.

Hall was outside the small house, his gaze frantically searching the area even as he kept Sydney killing-close. The man wasn't stupid. He'd eluded capture for over a year because he understood how the game was played.

Hall knew Sydney hadn't come in alone. The guy just didn't see her backup. When he hunted like this, Gunner's prey never saw him, not unless he wanted to be seen.

This time, he wanted to be seen because that gun was coming away from Sydney's head.

Take. The. Shot. Her lips moved again.

He shook his head, even though he realized she'd never see the movement. Then he took two steps to the right. He knew that, in this particular position, the sunlight would glint off his weapon. When he saw that flash of light, Hall would fire—

And he did. The man yanked the gun away from Sydney's head and shot at Gunner. Too late.

Gunner had already taken his own shot.

The second the gun moved away from her temple, Sydney shoved back against Hall with her elbow, and then she'd jerked away from her captor and threw herself down.

Before she even hit the ground, Gunner's bullet slammed into Hall. The man stumbled back and fell.

"Converge," Logan's hard order came in Gunner's ear.

The other EOD team members rushed from the shadows. Not that they needed to rush. Hall wasn't going to be a threat to anyone, not anymore.

Gunner's breath eased out. He watched as Sydney pushed to her knees, then rose to her feet.

Cale Lane, the newest team member, crouched over Hall as Sydney looked toward Gunner's position.

He'd put the weapon down, so he couldn't see her face clearly, not with the distance that separated them. But he was aware that his heart beat too fast. His hands had been sweating.

A sharpshooter wasn't supposed to get nervous, wasn't supposed to feel on the mission.

But whenever he was close to Sydney, all he could do was feel.

He packed up his weapon and hurried down to her. Because lately, it was always about her.

Day and night. Whether he was awake or asleep, he was obsessed with the woman.

Cale and Logan had secured the scene by the time he got down to the front of the house, and Cale was leading some sobbing redhead from the cabin. So Sydney had been right. Hall had already taken his next victim. If they hadn't moved then, would she have been dead by nightfall?

"Good shot." Sydney's voice was quiet.

Gunner's body tensed. He knew he should hold on to his control, but… the gun had been at her temple. If Hall hadn't hesitated, Gunner would have watched while the man put a hole in her head.

So he ignored the wide stare that Logan gave him and stalked to Sydney. He grabbed her wrist, pulled her against him. "You took too much of a risk."

Her short blond hair shone in the light. Her cheeks stained red—he didn't know if that red was from fury or embarrassment.

"I did my job," Sydney said through gritted teeth, lifting her chin. "I told you that my intel indicated a new hostage. She was hidden in the closet. If I hadn't moved in—"

He pulled her even closer. "He could have killed you." Then what would I have done?

Her voice dropped. "You say it like that matters to you." Her words were whispered, carrying only to his ears.

Damn it, she did matter. "Sydney."

"You're the one who wants to be hands-off," she snapped with a hard flash of her green eyes. "So why are you holding on to me so tightly?"

He was. Too tightly. He dropped her wrist as if he'd been burned.

"I'm not waiting any longer," Sydney told him as she straightened her shoulders. "Death can come at any moment, and I told you once…I'm not crawling into the grave with Slade."

Yes, she'd told him that, when he'd made the mistake of getting too close to Sydney on their last case. They'd been trapped during a storm, forced together in a small cabin, and all he'd been able to think was.

I want her.

But he'd—barely—managed to stop himself from taking what he wanted. He did have some self-control. Unfortunately, with her, that self-control was growing weaker every day.

"I'm going to start living my life on my terms," Sydney told him. "Consider yourself warned."

Then she spun away. Sydney headed toward Cale and the redhead. More backup had swarmed the scene. Other EOD agents who'd come to lend their support for the rescue-and-takedown operation.

Gunner stared after Sydney, feeling…lost.

Then Logan cleared his throat. "I've seen that look before."

Gunner glared at him. Logan might be the team leader for the Shadow Agents, and Gunner considered him as a friend most days, but the man should know not to—

"Better watch yourself, or you might just lose something important."

Sydney had already walked away. Logan didn't understand.

She was never mine to lose.

The bar was too loud. The place was packed with too many people, and coming there, well, it had been a serious mistake.

Sydney huffed out a hard breath and pushed her barely sipped drink away. She'd gotten back to the States just hours before—finally gotten a break for some serious R & R time, and she'd gone home to Baton Rouge.

But it didn't feel like home anymore.

So many missions. So many places.

They were all blending together into a hail of gunfire and death.

"A pretty lady like you shouldn't be sitting alone." The voice, marked with the Cajun that she loved, came from her right.

Sydney's gaze rose, and she found herself staring at a tall, blond man. He was handsome, with the kind of good looks that probably drew women all the time.

So why isn't he drawing me?

She'd come to that bar to find someone like him. It seemed as if she'd been living in a void for the past two years of her life, and she wanted—so desperately wanted—to start feeling again.

The blond glanced at her drink. "Don't you like it?"

Sydney shook her head. "It's not what I wanted."

He pulled up the bar stool next to her, leaned in close. "Why don't you tell me what you want?"

A stranger, a guy who didn't know her at all, and he looked at her with more warmth than Gunner did.

Don't think about him. This was not supposed to be another Gunner night.

She forced a smile on her face. Gunner was miles away. He always had been. This man, he was right in front of her. She wanted to live, and here was her chance. "I'm really not sure," she said softly. The words were the truth.

What did she want?

Gunner.

That wasn't happening. Time to consider other options.

The guy leaned toward her. "How about we start with a dance, then? Maybe that will help you figure out just what you want."

How long had it been since she'd danced with someone? Too long.

"I'm Colin," he said, giving her a broad smile. "And I promise, I'm a good guy."

As if she could believe a promise from a stranger. She'd met far too many dangerous, lying men for that.

"I'm Sydney." She took the hand that he offered to her. "I guess one dance—"

She broke off, her words stuttering to a halt because she'd just met the dark gaze of the man who'd entered the bar. A man who should not have been there.

A man whose stare was hot enough to burn.

Colin stiffened beside her as he followed her gaze. "Problem?"

Yes. No. Maybe. If Gunner was there, then there could be a new mission. There had to be a new mission. There was no other reason for Gunner to be in Baton Rouge instead of up in D.C.

But why hadn't Logan just called her?

Gunner was stalking toward her.

"I thought you were here alone," Colin said softly.

"I am." He still had her hand, and that felt wrong all of a sudden.

Maybe because Gunner's gaze had dipped to their hands. Hardened.

"Then you want to tell me why that guy looks like he's about to rip me apart?"

Gunner did look that way. But Gunner usually looked tough. It was his face. Not handsome like Colin's. Not perfect. It was full of hard angles and dangerous edges. With his golden skin and that jet-black hair, he always looked like walking, talking danger to Sydney.

Danger wasn't supposed to draw you in, but Gunner seemed to draw her more and more.

Even as he kept pushing her away.

"He's a friend," Sydney said, giving a shrug that she hoped looked careless. "An old friend."

Then Gunner was in front of them. "Sydney." His voice was a deep, rumbling growl when Colin's voice had been soft and flirtatious. Did Gunner even know how to flirt?

She doubted it. "We need to talk."

A mission. Right. Just as she'd suspected. Sydney cleared her throat and glanced at Colin. His hold was light on her wrist. "Can you give us just a minute?"

One blond eyebrow rose, but he nodded. "I'll wait for you." She noticed that when he glanced back at Gunner, Colin's face hardened, losing some of its easygoing appeal.

Gunner didn't wait for the guy to back away. He grabbed Sydney's hand—his grip much tighter than Colin's—and pulled her into the nearest dark corner.

"Gunner!" His name burst from her. "What are you doing?"

He caged her with his body. "What are you doing?"

"Getting a drink? Getting ready to dance?" Some things should be obvious to a superagent like him.

His teeth snapped together as he leaned in, even closer. The wooden wall was behind her, and Gunner's muscled form wasn't leaving much space in front of her. "You know what he wants."

She was in some kind of weird alternate reality. Sydney shook her head. "What's the mission? Why didn't Logan call—"

"There is no mission."

She didn't have any kind of comeback. She couldn't think of what to say. If there was no mission, then Gunner shouldn't be in Louisiana. Her family's old home was there, but Gunner had a place in D.C. Not here.

"I could see it in your eyes," he growled.

"See what?" Her voice came out huskier than she'd intended.

Gunner flinched. "After the last mission, I knew you'd do something like this." He glanced over his shoulder. Since Gunner was big, easily six foot three, with wide shoulders, she couldn't see what he was looking at when he glared behind him.

But she had a pretty good idea.

Colin.

"Any man?" Gunner asked as that hard, dark gaze came back to her. "Is that what you're—"

Her cheeks felt numb. "Don't say another word." She wanted to slug him. "You don't have the right to say anything to me, to judge me." She'd wanted Gunner, had let him become too important to her in the past few years, but enough. "Slade is gone. I've moved on." She pushed at him.

Gunner stepped back.

Good. She marched away from him and didn't look back.

Colin stood as she approached. "I want that dance," Sydney said, and she pretty much dragged him onto the small floor.

She didn't know what Gunner's game was. But he wasn't controlling her. He didn't want her. He'd made that clear when she'd tried to kiss him on that case in Texas.

Colin's hands settled along her hips. She was wearing a pair of jeans, a top that was a little low and strappy sandals that pushed her a bit higher than her normal five-foot-six height. Colin was big, not as tall or muscled as Gunner, and—

"You don't want to come between us." Gunner was there. Again. On the dance floor. And he'd just pulled Colin away from her. This was insane.

"Sydney, come with me," Gunner said in that low growl of his.

Colin shook his head. "Look, buddy, I don't care if you are her friend, you don't—"

"Is that what I am, Sydney?" Gunner asked, his voice flat. "Your friend?

He had been. After that nightmare two years ago, he'd become her rock. The man she depended on. The one who'd pulled her through her darkest time.

But she wanted him to be more than that.

She wanted more.

He didn't.

"I don't know what you are," she told him. "But you should leave." Because she was tired of living only for the job. She'd find happiness. Everyone else did. She wanted to have a real home one day. A family.

Not just mission after mission.

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  • Anonymous

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    Awesome book

    Love the book awesome story line really love the EDO

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

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    A Great book Contemporary, Rom

    A Great book Contemporary, Romantic Suspense


    Sydney Sloan’s life was in danger two years ago on a mission gone bad but she was saved by Gunner Ortez. Since then he has been watching her back. Now they are on another mission that is about to go bad. The Elite Ops agents are doing a hostage-rescue that is blowing apart their lives.

    Now they are working together and the heat of the jungles of Peru isn’t the only heat around. The passion between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever but so are the threats coming their way. Sydney knows the only chance at success on this mission is to trust Gunner. Gunner, an ex-SEAL is also the greatest risk to her heart and the secret she is carrying in her belly.



    This is another great book in the Shadow Agents series. It has none stop action and the passion between the characters is great. The plot is well written and the story line keeps the reader so engrossed that they will have the book read in no time and mourning that the book is done. The back story is revealed in such a way that it flows through the story very well and also gives the information about the characters in a way that readers aren’t overwhelmed. This one also have enough twists and turns as to keep readers guessing just what is going to happen next and what is going on. While this can be read as a stand-alone it is much more enjoyable to read the first two books first. This will also have readers hoping for a lot more books in this series.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    Loved It

    Great addition to the series. Does not disappoint.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    Cynthia Eden never disappoints. When Gunner Ortez and Sydney Sl

    Cynthia Eden never disappoints.

    When Gunner Ortez and Sydney Sloan went into Peru, against orders, to rescue Gunner’s Brother and Sydney’s fiance, Slade Ortez, they barely made it out alive. Slade was not so lucky.

    Since then Gunner has watched out for Sydney. He has always been there for her. Because he wants to protect her. Because he loves her. He has from the moment he met her, when she was engaged to his brother. But Gunner knows she could never be his, ever. She wanted Slade and now he’s gone. Yet for the last two years, Gunner and Sydney have leaned on each other, supported each other, and feelings have been changing and growing.

    Gunner has always been…standoffish seems too gentle a word, but now that he and Sydney has grown so close, she knows that there is more to Gunner than the hard eyes and the cool demeanor that he shows the rest of the world. Now that she knows him, really knows him, Sydney wants Gunner even more than she ever wanted to be with Slade, and she can’t be wrong about Gunner’s feelings for her, can she?

    It’s been two years since his death and as a member of the Elite Operations Division (EOD) Sydney knows how precious life can be and how quickly things can be taken away from you. She is tired of waiting for Gunner to make a move. She is planning on grasping for all the wants in life, and the first thing she wants is Gunner Ortez.

    When another rescue mission to Peru turns their world upside down, Sydney will need to fight for the man she wants against the ghost of the man she lost.

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    Whoo hoo! This story combines my favorite tropes, the friends to lovers as well as the damaged hero. Although I can’t say that Gunner is truly damaged, he has led a very hard life as an special agent for the government. He has been captured and tortured. He has been on death’s door more than once. He is scarred and hardened, and he appreciates all that Sydney means to him, even if that means he doesn’t feel worthy of her. That qualifies him enough in my book.

    Gunner has come to mean everything to Sydney, much more than Slade ever did, and Sydney wants to move their relationship from friends to so much more but Gunner keeps the ghost of his brother firmly between them. At least he does until Sydney declares that she is ready to move on with her life and she’s ready to find a new lover, and if Gunner doesn’t want the job, she’ll find someone else how does. As you can imagine, that declaration gets Gunner moving in the right direction.

    Problem is that they work together in a very dangerous field. They are both part of the EOD that goes into dangerous territories and situations for hostage rescue. Their lives are both at risk and when their relationship finally becomes more, they are finding it harder to do their jobs when the life lost could be either of them.

    They end up going back to Peru for a hostage rescue and come back with more than they bargained for, a prisoner who will change everything and who might just rip them apart.

    This was a enjoyable story full of excitement and romance and definitely is my favorite of the series. This story will definitely bring some changes to the EOD team and the tiny foreshadow presented for the next book looks like it will shake things up further.

    Great story from Cynthia Eden as always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    A lot of action and suspense that kept you reading. A loved the

    A lot of action and suspense that kept you reading. A loved the story between Gunner and Sydney been waiting for their story since the beginnig and it was worth it, thanks again for a wonderful book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    This was a great suspense. Once I started I did not want to pu

    This was a great suspense. Once I started I did not want to put it down and even got slightly annoyed when interrupted as it took me out of the story and finding out what was going to happen next.

    I normally would not read a book in a series out of order but since I didn't have 1 and 2 easily accessible and I really wanted to read this I gave it shot. Luckily it is a completely stand alone book. I think there are a few relationships and prior stories that may be mentioned in here but they are not a part of the storyline and do not affect the character development or actions of the hero and heroine.

    I really enjoyed the story and watching the relationship develop and change between the main characters. They were likeable and had a good history that you learn about but which doesnt take over the main story. Watching them work together to solve the issues that are facing not only them but the safety of the group they work in makes a great story. The story is fast paced and practically non stop which is fine because you dont want it to either.

    All in all if you want a great romantic suspense check this out. I am definitely looking forward to more and cant wait to get my hands on books 1 and 2.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    I love these Harlequin Intrigues - they're a very satisfying ble

    I love these Harlequin Intrigues - they're a very satisfying blend of suspense, danger, and romance, and Sharpshooter is no exception.
    The story opens with the ill-fated mission that left Gunner's half-brother and Sydney's fiance dead and Sydney and Gunner shot. Gunner protects Sydney, who won't leave Slade behind until Gunner has to drag her out amid another jail of bullets.
    Flash forward two years later and Sydney and Gunner are in love and still working for the same secret government agency. But Gunner has never let his feelings show because of his guilt over loving his dead brother's fiancee and has rejected Sydney's advances. When they finally admit their feelings to each other, their relationship is better than either could have hoped. But before you know it they're back in the jungles of Peru, pursuing a lead that turns out to be the presumed-dead Slade. The mystery of how Slade survived plays out against the knowledge that Sydney has been targeted for death, and all the evidence is pointing to Gunner. What nobody knows is that she's pregnant with Gunner's baby.
    I loved Gunner - he's a great hero. He's a sniper, and a loner in his personal life as well. He's loved Sydney since before she was engaged to his brother, but his loyalty to family and his unbreakable code of honor means he did the right thing (according to him) and never told her. He'd die for Sydney, but he's determined she should be happy. Gunner is not handsome, or a clever conversationalist, or a smooth operator. He's scarred, says what he thinks, and is honest. Sydney is lucky to have him and she knows it. Their faith in each other, and the loyalty of their team, is rock-solid and lets them survive long enough to figure out the mystery that is Slade.
    A rock-solid romantic suspense.


    (My only quibble is that Sidney is supposed to be a former USAF Lieutenant Colonel who can fly anything. Well, if she made the rank of LTC she's a lot older than the story implies. Which would be good, I'd love a story about a late 30's/40s heroine. But this isn't that story. It's a minor complaint, but it yanked me out of an otherwise great story.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Well done

    Write myself and really enjoyed her writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Loved it

    ## Fantastic read. I couldn't put this book down, the suspense was so intense. And the romance was interwoven perfectly with the story. I loved that the heroine didn't give up on the hero even when he was being stubborn. She didn't throw herself at him like so many other heroines, she just had faith in him. I didn't realize this book was part of a series, it stands alone just fine. Great read.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    Posted on Romancing the Books blog Reveiwed by Nadene Review

    Posted on Romancing the Books blog
    Reveiwed by Nadene Review Copy Provided by Netgalley I absolutely love Cynthia Eden’s work and was thrilled at the opportunity to read and review this title and I was not disappointed. This was a very exciting read. Sharpshooter is filled with action, suspense, mystery and romance. Ms. Eden knows just how to hold my interest to the very end. This is the third book in the Shadow Agents series which can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the other books in the series as yet so I am unable to make any comparisons.

    Gunner Ortez, a former Navy Seal who currently works with an Elite Ops Division as a sharpshooter, has been in love with Sydney Sloan for a long time. Sydney is the Division’s computer and investigation guru who was engaged to Gunner’s brother, Slade. During a rescue mission to Peru things went awry which left Slade dead and Gunner and Sydney injured. They were unable to retrieve Slade’s body and were forced to leave Peru without it.

    Two years later Sydney had come to terms with Slade’s death and was ready to move on with her life. Gunner and Sydney had grown closer as a result of them working on Ops together. During this time their feelings for each other intensified. Gunner tried to fight what he was feeling but his love for Sydney was too strong and he ended up giving in. However, their new found bliss was about to hit a snag when it was discovered on another rescue mission that Slade was alive and being held hostage. At this point the story really heats up. What were Gunner and Sydney going to do now that Slade is back? The action and suspense intensified. It was easy to figure out who the villain was but what made the story electrifying was trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

    This story is well written and is filled with a lot of twists and turns. It was just the right pace not too fast and not too slow. I loved how the author developed the main characters. It was great to see them letting go of the past so that they could hold on to what the future had for them. I disliked the villain. This was a very deceptive and tricky individual.

    Sharpshooter is an explosive, fast paced romantic suspense about true love and the negative impact that jealousy can have on a relationship, so if you enjoy stories such as this then you should give this book a shot.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    Talk about getting your adrenaline pumping! Whenever I read a Cy

    Talk about getting your adrenaline pumping! Whenever I read a Cynthia Eden book it seems my body is tired afterwards. She has a way of getting the blood moving and feel as though you are living out what the characters are going through. In Sharpshooter, the action starts at page one and doesn’t stop until the end. Sharpshooter is the third book in Cynthia’s Shadow Agents series and follows Gunner and Sydney.  If you haven’t read the first two (Alpha One and Guardian Ranger), it’s okay – you can follow along just fine.

    The story starts with Gunner and Sydney in the middle of a mission gone bad in Peru which changes their lives forever. Two years later, Gunner and Sydney are still part of the Elite Ops Division (EOD) and their attraction to one another is growing and is way past time for them to make their move. However, just when things are heating up between them, they are called back to Peru for another rescue mission. Their lives are changed again and from here, the story is quite a roller coaster ride between the mystery and action and romantic scenes. In true Cynthia Eden fashion, you are kept guessing on who you can really trust.

    I really enjoyed Sydney and Gunner’s story. I thought Sydney proved to be one tough chick and stuck to her guns (and her heart) on who she was going to put her trust in no matter how the situation looked. Gunner tried to be the martyr at times and I hated that, but it is who he is.  He finally got some sense knocked into him and went after what he wanted and let his heart lead him. Cynthia writes a romantic suspense story with just the right amount of action scenes and heat between the characters.  It all moves the story along very well. The descriptions of her scenes are well done, as I can always picture and feel what is going on whether it is in the jungle in South America or in the EOD office in DC.

    I was reminded that the Shadow Agents are one kick ass group of operatives. They back each other up no matter what things appear to be. I didn’t know much about Cale as I haven’t read Guardian Ranger yet and I understand he was introduced in that one, but, I liked him more and more as Sharpshooter went on.  Logan (from Alpha One) was just as awesome as I remember him from that story. It seems there is nothing that will keep the Shadow Agents down. They come back and fight even harder for their fellow agents and for those they love. If you are looking for a story that is full of action, suspense, and romance, I highly recommend you read Sharpshooter.

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    4 STARS Sharpshooter keeps you guessing in some ways and others

    4 STARS

    Sharpshooter keeps you guessing in some ways and others I figured out where the story was heading but enjoyed the ride getting there.
    It was a lot of action, drama. a few sex scenes. The plot was a little twisty. Gunner was Sydney team mate but Sydney wanted more. Two years ago she was engaged to his brother but he died down in Peru. Both Gunner and Sydney were shot a couple of times trying to rescue him. They saw him shot all up and bleeding out. Gunner could not find a pulse and he needed to get Sydney away to safety. Then after they became lovers they were sent in to rescue him. He had survived as a prisoner for two years.

    Gunner and Sydney were elite Shadow Agents part of a four man team. They were often sent to rescue others. Gunner has loved Sydney as soon as he met her. She was already dating his younger half brother. After two years he gave into her wanting him said she was ready to live again if it wasn't going to be him she would find someone else. The next morning after they slept together they were sent back to Peru and the hostage was Slade.

    Slade was so angry and bitter against Gunner he went right up to him and started hitting him and yelling that he had sold him out because he wanted Sydney. Slade had been given a new drug that caused violence and paranoia. He threatened to give secrets out to the media about the top secret group if Gunner was not investigated about leaving him down their.

    Gunner broke it off with Sydney, because Slade was her fiancé. He thought she loved Slade over him. Sydney was feeling hurt by Gunner. Then someone was trying to kill Sydney. The finger was pointing to Gunner. Slade was one of the fingers pointing to Gunner killing her because he had done it before.

    This is the second shadow agent book that I have read and I have liked both of them. I really want to read the second one that I have missed. I also want to read the next one it looks good to me. It was a fast and easy read. I do admit to skipping over the couple of love scenes.
    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    I have throughly enjoyed this series and was eagerly awaiting S

    I have throughly enjoyed this series and was eagerly awaiting Sydney and Gunner's story and was not disappointed. Right from the start Cynthia pulls you into to the book. And even when you think you have it figured out, you turn a corner you don't expect. The way Cynthia writes her stories you feel as if you are right there with the characters in the action. You could read this book as a stand alone, but it would be better to read the first two books. Trust me when I say, it is money well spent!

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    This is book three in the Shadow Agent's Miniseries. I was look

    This is book three in the Shadow Agent's Miniseries. I was looking forward to Gunner and Sydney's story and I was not disappointed. The Shadow Agent team is a close knit unit with all their different personalities meshing together. The action was well written and this book had my stomach knotted! Their desire for each other built with each book and finally came together in a most satisfying way. I sure hope there is a book 4 coming!
    ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Posted August 11, 2013

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