Chasing Danger (Deadly Ops Series Novella)

Chasing Danger (Deadly Ops Series Novella)

by Katie Reus

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ISBN-13: 9780698180222
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Series: Deadly Ops Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 36,067
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Deadly Ops series and the Moon Shifter novels. She has a degree in psychology and lives near Biloxi, Mississippi, with her husband, who was a Marine scout/sniper and currently works as a police officer and SWAT team member.

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Chapter 1

Hannah stepped out of the elevator into the lower-level parking garage with her friend and co-worker Shaun. Technically she was Shaun’s boss, but tonight she was going to forget that because she needed a friend to go out with. Because today had been awful.

He slung an arm around her shoulders and gave her a brief squeeze as they walked across the busy parking area. “There was nothing anyone could have done differently,” he murmured.

Throat tight, she nodded. “Yeah, I know. Doesn’t make those parents’ grief any easier.” A newborn had died today after an emergency Caesarean section. No one was at fault; it was just a terrible tragedy. Hannah could still hear the mother’s screams of agony in her mind.

“No shit. I can’t even . . . Let’s go out tonight and have a few drinks. We can pick up some guys and you can show off that crazy-man radar you have.”

Despite the heaviness sitting on her chest, Hannah let out a short laugh. If there was a crazy guy in a mile radius, she’d find him. It was like she had a homing beacon for the weird. “I’ll take you up on the drink, but forget picking up any guys. I’m so over your gender.”

“You and me both, girl.” Shaun kissed the top of her head lightly. “I’ll text a couple of the crew who are off tonight and see if they want to meet up.”

“Sounds good to me.” There were six of them who got together regularly after work. Right now anything was better than going back to her empty home—for a multitude of reasons. Weeks ago Miami had been rocked to its core with a horrific terrorist attack that killed hundreds. In the aftermath her best friend, Sophie, had come up from Key West, where she lived with her husband Jack.

Jack used to work for the NSA in a capacity that Hannah sort of knew about because she’d been kidnapped a year ago and Jack and his former boss and teammates had helped save her. She’d had to sign a bunch of paperwork swearing she’d never speak of what he did or what she’d seen. Which was fine with her because thanks to them, she was alive. And if she was honest, she wanted to forget everything she’d been through. Being kidnapped and held in another country had been traumatic enough, no matter how levelheaded she was. Having your freedom taken from you, with the additional worry of death—and worse things—hanging over your head, was hard to forget.

Sophie and Jack had come to town because Jack had been doing contract work of sorts for the NSA, including briefly guarding a woman who’d been a witness to the terrorist attack. During that time Jack and Sophie had stayed at Hannah’s parents’ house, and in the aftermath, Hannah had met one of Jack’s former colleagues, Dax Costas.

Dax fucking Costas, whom she wanted to punch right in the face for standing her up two weeks ago after the most intense, raw sex of her life. Yes, that was a violent reaction but she didn’t care. He just brought it out of her with all his raw sex appeal and bullshit charm. She couldn’t believe she’d thought his I’m-quiet-and-brooding-and-don’t-know-how-sexy-I-am act was actually real. Gah! She never fell for that stupid charming act from men.

Until Dax.

She couldn’t believe she’d invited him to her house. He’d been in her bed, on her sheets, in her safe haven. A place it had taken her a long damn time to feel safe in again after being kidnapped right out of her home a year ago. She’d brought him there because she’d thought he was different. He was the first man she’d let in her home, in her own bed, period. The connection between them . . . She shook her head as Shaun strode in the other direction of the garage to get to his vehicle.

She already had enough on her mind and didn’t need to add to her stress by dwelling on a man who’d turned out to be a liar.

As she slid into the driver’s seat of her new mini-SUV, her cell phone rang. Without starting the engine, she locked her doors, even though the garage was teeming with people getting off work. Ever since the kidnapping, she was hyper-vigilant. Glancing at the caller ID, she frowned. Unknown.

Could be a telemarketer even though they weren’t supposed to call her cell phone, or it could be one of her four older brothers. Screw it. If it was a telemarketer she’d just hang up. “Hello?”

“Hannah.”

Dax’s voice. She hated that she recognized him so easily. The deep quality of his voice did strange things to her insides. She swallowed hard.

“Hello?” he said.

Damn it, she needed to get it together. “Who is this?” She didn’t want to admit that she recognized him from two words.

A long pause. “Dax.” It sounded like he said the word through gritted teeth.

“The only Dax I know was supposed to meet me for a date two weeks ago but never showed.” Or called. How freaking humiliating.

“Hannah, I’m more sorry about that than you know. I got called away for work and—”

“Did they not have phones where you were going?”

“Not . . . exactly.”

“What the hell does that mean? Not exactly? Unless you were in the Amazon rain forest with no satellite reception, I find it hard to believe you couldn’t have taken two seconds to call, or even freaking text me.” She wished she could act cool and unaffected, but her voice vibrated with fury.

“I didn’t have the means to call you. I can’t tell you more than that, but I’m back in town and I want to see you again. Please let me make it up to you.” The pleading note in his voice tugged at her, and she almost caved.

But she had some pride left, even if the man’s voice got her hotter than anyone else ever had. She snorted. “No, thank you. The sex was great, Dax, but I’m not interested anymore.” Feeling like a bitch and not caring, she hung up.

Her face burned as she remembered just how raw things had been between them. They’d had sex all over her house. They’d spent four days and nights together, wrapped up in each other, coming up for air only long enough to eat and sleep. She’d even called in sick to work two days in a row, something she’d never done, not in the decade she’d worked at the hospital. She’d never thought sex could be that good, that real. Swallowing hard, she fought the heavy feeling pressing against her chest. Combined with everything today, hearing Dax’s voice brought her low.

She’d thought she wanted to hear from him, but now that she had, it just hurt. He couldn’t even come up with a decent excuse. “I didn’t have the means to call you.” How lame.

Mentally shaking herself, she started the engine and looked in the rearview mirror to see Shaun’s car pull up behind her. She wasn’t going to sit here in the parking garage and continue to feel sorry for herself. Because that’s not what Youngs did. Not according to her mother.

Youngs didn’t feel sorry for themselves and they didn’t mope. Life was too short.

* * *

From the safety of his BMW with tinted windows, he watched Hannah Young pull out of her parking space, seemingly in a hurry to leave work. He’d hoped to catch her alone, but the garage was too busy right now. He wasn’t out of place at all, but he couldn’t have made a move against her without someone noticing. And following her from the hospital wasn’t an option. Traffic in Miami was too thick this time of day.

Something told him she’d notice if he tailed her. Hannah was far too smart for her own good. She’d seen something she shouldn’t have, and unfortunately he needed to eliminate her.

It wasn’t something he relished doing, but it came down to his life or hers. And he would always choose himself. He’d been forced to kill one woman this week, and Hannah was the only person who could connect them. He’d gotten careless, had let his cock dictate his actions at work, and Hannah had seen him in a compromising situation.

She probably wouldn’t even think twice about it now. But when it came to light that the woman he’d been linked with had been murdered, Hannah would remember, maybe even mention it to a co-worker. Or even the police.

So he needed her out of the way before the body was discovered. He should have two days to do that, if his calculations were right. The bitch he’d killed wasn’t supposed to come into work for two days and she lived alone. He’d turned her air conditioner to freezing and left her in a tub full of ice. Not a long-term solution, but it would work for now to cover up the stench when she started decomposing. She didn’t have any pets, so there wouldn’t be any whining animals bothering the neighbors either. If she hadn’t lived on the fifth floor of her condo building, he’d have found a way to dispose of the body, but he couldn’t risk getting caught carrying her down to his vehicle.

That gave him enough time to get rid of Hannah. He hadn’t decided yet if he was going to make it look like an accident or a mugging gone wrong. Maybe a home invasion gone wrong. First he needed to find out where she lived.

He knew how to do it, but the idea annoyed him. He’d have to get access to the HR records at the hospital, which wouldn’t be too hard, but he didn’t want a computer trail linking him to her information. He needed to look at her records anonymously.

He’d fucked a woman in the HR department a couple of times, but he’d quickly grown tired of her. In her forties, she had a tight body, but she was getting too old for him. He liked his women in their twenties, fit and just this side of stupid. He’d already been married twice to know-it-alls. His current wife wasn’t that bright, but she also wasn’t stupid.

Or her lawyer wasn’t. She had him in an airtight pre-nuptial agreement, which is why he wouldn’t divorce her. That and she gave great head. Gave it anytime he asked, too. He pounded his fist against the center console.

Damn it, he needed to get rid of Hannah Young as soon as possible. With her out there, carrying knowledge that could damage him professionally, personally—link him to a murder—he just had to kill her. There was no other option.

It was exactly why he’d had to kill Corrine. She’d pushed him into a corner, threatening to tell his wife about their affair and expose him to the board. He was already on probation because of a sexual harassment suit, which was just a stupid misunderstanding. He couldn’t afford to lose his job. Not when he paid so much in alimony to his former wives. Not to mention he couldn’t afford to divorce his third wife, and killing her would cause too much suspicion.

Turning off his idling engine, he slid his key into the pants pocket of his scrubs and got out of his car. Even though he hated the idea of killing this woman, he was going to do it. Anything to keep his reputation and stay out of jail. First he’d have to come up with a sob story about how he and his wife were on the rocks again. It had worked the first time; hopefully it would again.

Chapter 2

Dax slid a twenty across the shiny wooden bar to one of the bartenders to cover the drink he’d just bought for Hannah. She didn’t know he was here yet, but he was having a drink delivered to her. Because if he delivered it himself, she’d probably throw it in his face.

And he deserved it.

When he’d received orders for the mission two weeks ago, it’d been one of those times when he’d literally had to drop everything, leave all personal identifiers and electronics at the covert office the NSA had in Miami, then board a plane to destination unknown, all within two hours of receiving the call. If they were married it would have been different; he would have been given five minutes to contact his wife before leaving. Since they weren’t, he’d had no choice but to leave with no word.

He’d gone dark before, many times, especially when he’d been with Delta. But this time had been different. This time he’d had someone he desperately wanted to tell.

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Chasing Danger (Deadly Ops Series Novella) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, but only about 60 pages. That was disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete story packed into a novella!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick and to the point. Enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked it
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hkmd7 More than 1 year ago
Quick, suspenseful read. Chasing Danger is short novella (about 90 pages) in Katie Reus’ Deadly Ops series.  This novella is set in Miami and highlights the life of Hannah Young.  She was introduced in Bound to Danger (Book 2).  I think that you will enjoy this story more if you read Bound to Danger first.  It will give you added insight into Hannah’s reactions and feelings.  Overall it was a great read.  The characters are believable.  The situation and action could certainly happen.  The suspense is there.  I really liked Dax – I felt for him and the situation he was in – not being able to tell Hannah where he was going or even being able to communicate with her because of his job.  He had a lot to make up for and certainly did that and more. The chemistry between Dax and Hannah is off the charts HOT.  I would give this novella a solid four and half stars. I can’t wait to read more of this series.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
It's REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD and it will keep you on the edge of your seat through-out!! From the safety of his BMW with tinted windows, he watched Hannah Young pull out of her parking space, seemingly in a hurry to leave work. He'd hoped to catch her alone, but the garage was too busy right now. He wasn't out of place at all, but he couldn't have made a move against her without someone noticing. And following her from the hospital wasn't an option. Traffic in Miami was too thick this time of day. Something told him she'd notice if he tailed her. Hannah was far too smart for her own good. She'd seen something she shouldn't have, and unfortunately he needed to eliminate her. It wasn't something he relished doing, but it came down to his life or hers. CHASING DANGER by Katie Reus is a scintillating addition to Katie's Deadly Ops series. It is a novella, but it doesn't shortchange in either the romance, nor the thrills. Even though this is installment #2.5 in her Deadly Ops series, it can be thoroughly enjoyed as s stand-alone. Katie seamlessly fills in any information you need to know from the former books to have it all make sense. Truly, I just don't know how Katie writes such great, fast-paced and sexy romantic suspense - each one unique - BUT she totally does! I started this one evening and simply could not put it down until I'd reached the wholly satisfying end.  My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Check it out there! 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
SMH6 More than 1 year ago
i loved the book.  it was a quick read but good.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
If you have been following the Deadly Ops, you would remember Hannah Young from the first book. She's Sophie's friend who gets kidnapped. Sorry to spoil that if you haven't read the series yet. So, she suffers from a little PTSD from the incident. Anyway, she meets Dax and hooks up. She thinks there might be more, but he disappears and she's hurt. He returns, but can't share what happen to him, because she doesn't have clearance. Now he's trying to get back into her good graces. Hannah ends up in danger and needs Dax's help. Okay, the danger Hannah ends up in isn't tied to the series. Basically, you can read this story and not feel like you are missing anything in the rest the series. This is Hannah finding love, who happens to work for the NSA. Fortunately, he's able to use his resources to make sure Hannah stays safe. Overall, Chasing Danger is super quick read. It gives a taste romance and a little suspense. For those who have read the series get to see what happen to Hannah after the incident. These two are a cute couple once everything is settle down. Copy provided by Berkley via NetGalley
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 REVIEW:  Hannah Young has seen her share of drama. Being kidnapped will do that to a girl, but thankfully she was saved and the wonderfully sex Dax was there for her. While right up to the time he stood her up. But he is back. But will Hannah give him a chance? Or does faith have other plans for her Dax Costas is in love with Hannah. But disappearing is not the best way to show someone you care. But nothing will stand in his way this time. All Dax needs is to get Hannah alone for a few minutes and to explain.  Chasing Danger was a quick read, but exciting read. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
As a nurse Hannah knows stress but she has not recovered from her kidnapping and the deadly terrorist attack that devastated Miami s year ago. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she is threatened by a knife-wielding man. She needs help. When Dax Costas reappears, she turns to him. He may have left after their brief romance, but she feels safe with him. Can Dax save her? Can he make her forgive him? Hannah and Dax share a bond, as well as powerful sexual attraction. He's a force to be reckoned with. He's an operative with the NSA. He can protect the woman he's falling for. Hannah is strong, but she needs him and the safety he provides. This is a fast paced and romantic story. The characters are honorable and passionate. I was immediately pulled into this adventure. I enjoy the Deadly Ops series and Katie Reus is one of my must buy authors. She doesn't disappoint.
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wkonsunshine More than 1 year ago
Short and to the point, I think Chasing Danger is my favorite Katie Reus novella to date.  I’ve always loved Hannah’s character and am thrilled that she gets her own story.  And no less than what I expected, it is spicy like kim-chee. I would be lying if I didn’t say I have a certain affinity for this Korean girl.  I get her.  I get her background and history.  I understand her family pressures and pain.  I know her motivations.  I appreciate that Katie Reus points out the stereotype of Asian woman and how it can impact their dating life: “Because of her smaller stature, and in large part, her ethnicity, men always thought she was this fragile, submissive creature.” Asian women are often perceived as lotus flowers or dragon ladies.  Dax, however, sees beyond that bias: “He treated her like an equal in and out of the bedroom and had seemed to really be impressed by her intelligence. By her.” Dax Costas, sigh.  First I love that name.  It’s very mysterious and perfect for an alpha.  I love that he is a relationship virgin, never having a girlfriend before.  I love that he is completely honest with his feelings, even if he could not be honest with Hannah until now.  I love that he is not satisfied with earthshaking sex, and wants more with Hannah.  He has to convince her to give him a chance. This story is not so much about the mystery because that is solved early on, but it did give the narrative an edge, not to mention a reason for keeping Dax around. However, although takes place in the world of Deadly Ops, it doesn’t have the same level of suspense as the books before it. IN A NUTSHELL: If you want a hot little contemporary romance or if you are Deadly Ops fan, you will definitely want to put Chasing Danger on your To Be Read List.
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
Hannah Young has been through a lot, she is still struggling to get over her recent kidnapping and now it seems as if she's being hunted by a knife wielding maniac. Hannah finds herself turning to Dax for help but seeing as he stood her up following a night of mind blowing sex, she isn't even sure she can trust him. Dax Costas is a former Delta Force Operative and a current NSA Agent who often gets called in at a moments notice, unfortunately, due to the nature of his work, he can't tell anyone why he disappears. This has never been an issue until he had to disappear on Hannah, she's been on his mind ever since and now he has to convince her to give him another chance while keeping her safe from whoever is trying to kill her. Chasing Danger was an enjoyable novella in the series, I liked catching up with Hannah and seeing how she was getting on. Can't wait for the next one!
angelblue-240 More than 1 year ago
Hannah met Dax after she had been kidnapped during a terrorist attack. They felt an instant attraction to each other and spent 4 passion filled days together. Dax works for the NSA, after receiving an emergency call from work he is forced to leave without telling Hannah anything about who or what he does for a living. After two weeks of no contact Hannah is finished with Dax, she just can't trust a man that disappears for weeks at a time with no word. Dax just got back to town from a secret mission and is itching to go to Hannah. He's tired of being alone and he feels a deep connection with her. Unfortunately he knows she will never give him a second chance unless he can tell her what he does for a living. Hannah doesn't trust Dax anymore but after he rescues her from an knife wielding attacker outside of her house he is even more determined to stay by her side to keep her safe. Hannah's terrified because she's become a target again, but she feels safe with Dax so she agrees to let him help her. This was a really fast read, almost too fast. Yes, there was plenty of action, passion and suspense but it was a little too short for my tastes. Now being a novella you do have to expect the story to move quickly but I just wish the ending was a tad longer. Other than that it was a very enjoyable read and the epilogue was so sweet! I'm also looking forward to the next book, Shattered Duty which you get a sneak peek of at the end of the book. *I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Chasing Danger by Katie Reus is a quick read full of smoking hot intimacy and suspense. While I adore the Deadly Ops series, I was a little disappointed with this one – mainly because it was so short. I knew it was a novella going into it, but that didn’t keep me from wanting more of Dax and Hannah’s story. Hannah is the target of a killer all because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good thing she has an ex-Delta Force operative who also has his sights on her for a different reason. Dax happens to be in the right place at the right time when Hannah needs him most. I actually enjoyed the suspense of the story more than the passion and relationship side of things in Chasing Danger. Usually its the other way around for me, but this one had me on edge and I didn’t want to put it down until the villain was caught. Despite what I said above about enjoying the suspense and story aspect of the story most, I enjoyed the unfolding of Dax and Hannah’s relationship. I like that they already had a history since there was not a lot of time to build up each character as one would have in a full length novel. Dax and Hannah have great chemistry and you can see that in the passionate intimate scenes in the book. Overall, this is a good read. As mentioned before, I wish it were longer, but if you realize that going in and know it is going to be quick, you will enjoy it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series and see if Dax and Hannah make an appearance later!
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ¿¿¿¿¿ When you think of those that keep our country safe you see men and women like the characters created by author Katie Reus.  In her deadly ops series, Ms. Reus shapes a world where these characters serve and protect.  Chasing Danger is the story of two amazing people that are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect each other and find a HEA. Dax Costas is an agent for NSA. His missions are covert and often require that he disappear for periods of time without notice. After saving Hannah a year ago, he knows that he wants more from the beautiful woman.  He begins his pursuit of her and they spend a night filled with passion and a bond is formed that is undeniable.  Dax job is not easy on relationships and when he is called away and cannot call Hannah to tell her he has to go, it could be over for them before it starts.  But, Dax is not willing to take no for an answer and will follow her until she listens to him. Working as a nurse in Miami hospital, Hannah understands pressure and commitment.  She is the head of her department and takes her job seriously.  Little did she know that she had stumbled across a situation that put a target on her back and a deadly evil on her trail.  When Hannah is attacked by a knife wielding psychopath there is only one man she can turn to, Dax. The man that had rescued her once before and saved her life.  The problem Hannah is facing is a trust issue. He left her waiting for him at a restaurant and dropped off the face of the Earth without a word.   The only time Hannah truly feels safe is when she is with Dax.  He will do anything to keep her safe and take care of the threat against her. Dax only needs to convince Hannah to give him the chance. Hero: Dax Costas 4.5 stars Heroine: Hannah Young 4.5 stars Steam: 4.5 stars  Plot: 4.5 stars  Cliffhanger: No Would I recommend this book: Yes! Mystery with scorching sexy scenes and honor filled characters are just the tip of the iceberg in this novella.  It will make you feel like do I wave the red, white and blue or blush? Would I recommend this author: Yes! If it says Katie Reus on the cover, then I have to read it! Her characters are real and full of fire.  Each book published by this author will keep the reader asking for the next one, yes, she is that phenomenal.   ***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
MelissaPorter32 More than 1 year ago
I was able to get right into this story. I enjoyed the first ones in this series. This one did not disappoint. It was easy to get into and in a way laid back. There is still suspense and the romance that I enjoy to read. Hannah is trying to get her life back on track. She even thought she was going to be dating. But the guy disappeared with no word. Just vanished. Dax has a demanding job that when asked he goes off the grid. His one regret was leaving Hannah with no word at all. Now he is back. Dax is hoping Hannah will forgive him. Letting him stay in her life. When Hannah gets threatened Dax steps up the game. She will be under his protection until the threat is gone.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this book is part of the Deadly Ops series by Katie Reus. Hannah is still trying to get over the terrorist attack on Miami when some maniac tries to kill her. Dax is a NSA Agent and after their night together he can’t get her out of his mind. When he finds out that she has a stalker he will do anything to protect her. I love the characters and the action in this book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Quick and good romantic suspense read...  Hanna Young is going through some tough times. For one, she’s trying to get her life back together after being the victim of a kidnapping. Then, she’s trying to come to terms with the fact that the guy she thought she had something good with, Dax Costas, suddenly stops calling. Add to the mix a crazy mad man trying to kill her and she doesn't even know why!  As usual, Katie Reus knows how to keep me turning the pages and anxiously excited for the next thing to happen. This is a particular favorite series of mine because to me the characters kind of jump from the pages and their emotions and interactions are so palpable. Hanna seems to be so little in physique but so strong in mind. Given what she'd gone through I give Katie two thumbs up for not turning her into a scaredy-cat or going to the opposite side of the spectrum and making her an heedless risk-taker.  And Dax, swoon-worthy Dax. I don’t think there is a Reus’ hero I haven't come to love. He’s so tender and lovable, sexy, kick-a$$, I-know-I-want-you kind of hero, that is, the kind of hero I love to read.  Now, even though the characters were great and they had lots of chemistry, there were plenty of scorching loving scenes, and the suspense was feasible up to a point, there was also the fact that once again the heroin is threaten by a mysterious villain and the hero has to come to her aid and rescue. I’m not bashing the trope or the storyline because, hey, I love this type of stories as much as anyone but I'd like to see another kind of twist in future stories. On the whole, I will definitely continue picking up the series and I do recommend this story to whoever would like a quick and good suspense romance read. 3 1/2 stars  ** I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review ** 
dlsully75 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick, action packed suspense novella by Katie Reus. It took me a little longer to connect with the main characters, Dax and Hannah, than normal with Katie's stories for some reason. However, once I did I ended up getting sucked into the plot like I always do. Katie does a great job spinning a tale, and I love everything she writes. I can't wait to see what is in store for us next with this series! *I was giving a advanced readers copy for an honest review by net galley*
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Quick and provocative: CHASING DANGER is a novella in Katie Reus’s adult, contemporary Deadly Ops romantic suspense series. This is NSA Agent Dax Costas, and nurse Hannah Young’s storyline. Chasing Danger can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. The storyline follows Hannah as she considers what it is she wants from Dax Costas. Dax disappeared without a word, a few weeks earlier, and in this Hannah believes she has been played like a fool. When Dax returns, and is unable to tell Hannah where he had been, Hannah knows it is time to move on even if Dax wants a chance at something more. Hannah has a stalker; she is the target of a man trying to clean up loose ends, and Hannah knows his secret. What ensues are several attempts on Hannah’s life wherein Dax will take matter into his own hands. If the Miami PD are unable to protect the woman with whom he has fallen in love, Dax will make sure that Hannah’s stalker is stopped-once and for all. The relationship between Hannah and Dax is a slight second chance build. When Dax disappeared, Hannah all but gave up on the sexy, secretive man but she was unaware as to the extent of his undercover operations and going black. The $ex scenes are intimate, romantic, and a little bit steamy. Katie excels at intoxicating sexy romance. The secondary and supporting characters included Hannah’s coworkers and friends; and we are introduced to several of Dax’s fellow agents at the NSA. CHASING DANGER is a quick and provocative read. There is drama, betrayal, mystery and suspense. The reader is pulled into an addicting and passionate storyline where the characters are definitely in the driver’s seat. Sit back and let Katie Reus seduce your mind.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Chief Nursing Officer Hannah Young is accustomed to working under pressure, but even she’s still reeling in the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack on Miami. And things only get worse after a knife wielding maniac tries to kill her. Desperate for help, Hannah must turn to the one man she never thought she’d see again. After spending an intensely passionate night with Hannah, NSA Agent and former Delta Force operative Dax Costas fell off the face of the earth. He got called away for a two week mission with no way to contact her. Now he can’t get the smart, sexy woman out of his head. She might be angry at him, but when it appears she has a stalker, Dax moves her under his roof and into his protection. Unfortunately, whoever wants Hannah dead will stop at nothing. And if Dax can’t identify the perpetrator in time, it could be too late to discover if there is more between him and Hannah than just heated passion…  Review: I really enjoy this series, that being said this was not my favorite in the series, but they had more do to with this being a novella and the story feeling a little rushed to me. I loved the characters were great. Hannah is smart and strong, and Dax better watch out, she is Not happy about his disappearing act.  Really though, if I had been kidnapped, I think I would still be afraid to leave the house.  She is getting on with her life and that includes trying to forget about Dax.  But come on, who could forget about him?  Like the others in the series, he is an alpha male, who is out to protect what is his.  Their love story is super sexy and sweet.  Now that Dax is back he just kind of worms his way into Hannah's life again, especially when she is attacked twice. The mystery/suspense of the story was interesting, but this is another area that I thought could be expanded more on.  I really think this would have been better in a longer format.  This is in a series and though it can be a stand alone, there are references to past happenings and reading the other books would make this more enjoyable. 3.5 Stars
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
Cute and sexy with action and suspense… This is a novella in the Deadly Ops series. After the terrorist attack in Miami, Hannah Young, a Chief Nursing Officer, spent a fantastic four days with a man who keeps secrets, a former colleague of an NSA agent who had saved her life from a kidnapping a year ago. Their chemistry was incendiary but more than that they connected on a deep personal level or so she thought until he stood her up for a date and she hasn’t heard from him since. Now two weeks later he calls and his excuse is lame. She won’t be made a fool of again no matter how much she is still drawn to him. The life of an NSA agent is not easy and Dax Costas is feeling it more than he ever has before after being with Hannah. When the job calls for a clandestine mission you drop everything and leave contacting no one which is why he left without a word. He’d told Hannah he was an analyst not an operative and isn’t allowed to tell her more without permission from his superior who is out of touch. He knows Hannah has to be angry and he’ll deal with that for there is nothing that he wants more than to be with her again. For the first time in his life Dax wants something or rather someone to come back to. Not taking no for an answer when Hannah turns the tables and walks out on him, Dax follows Hannah and ends up saving her life from a stalker with a knife. Hannah might not trust Dax to tell her the truth about things but she can’t deny that she feels safe when he’s around and it’s obvious that she needs protection. He’ll do anything to keep her safe while he tries to convince her to give them a chance. This was a cute sexy novella filled with action and suspense and two very likeable characters. Hannah is an intelligent woman and tough having lived through so much and her profession. She is still haunted by the past and fights through it. She seems to be a magnet for trouble though, twice in a lifetime someone is out to get her. Dax is an awesome protector. He knows what he wants and is willing to fight to make it work and keep it and he’ll use all available resources to do so, legitimate or not. This was a quick read that kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed the banter between the protagonists. Hannah was right to be angry yet once told the truth could accept the nature of things and Dax, not having much experience with relationships wasn’t afraid to try knowing that he’ll be apt to make mistakes. I loved the epilogue which was very sweet and the preview to the next full length book in the series, Shattered Duty, was so intriguing it left me wanting to read more. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Fast Paced and Full of Romance--this story does not disappoint!! *** ***A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review*** Chief Nursing Officer Hannah Young is the target of a killer after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And add insult to injury, she is still reeling in the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack in Miami. Hannah has been targeted by a killer because she unknowingly witnessed something she shouldn’t have and someone is trying to kill her. But lucky for her, she happened to have a good “friend” that is willing to protect her body. Dax Costas is an agent for NSA. He often has missions are secret and often call upon that he vanish for months without none being the wiser. After saving Hannah a year ago, Dax knows he wants her; wants a deeper relationship with her. They have several hot, fantastic erotic – filled nights before he is called away on a mission. Dax wasn’t able to tell Hannah anything and wasn’t able to call and inform her where he was or when he would be back. Hannah thought they were going to have another date and meet back up but Dax never called her back or came over again. Hannah kept waiting but finally gave up. She was hurt, and angry and thought they had something special but figured she meant nothing to him where she felt this “bond” but finally Hannah finally just waiting for him to come back, to call her. Hannah is the head nurse in a Miami hospital and she takes her job super seriously. When Hannah is attacked by a knife wielding psychopath, Hannah doesn’t know who can protect her at this point so in her mind, there is only one man she can turn to, Dax. The man had rescued her once before and saved her life. In Hannah’s mind, what they are facing is a trust issue. He essentially left her waiting for him at a restaurant and was gone as if he never existed without a word. He was a no call, no show. Dax is facing two problems here- racing to find out who is trying to kill Hannah/why and getting Hannah to trust him again. He will do anything to keep her safe and take care of the threat against her. Dax only needs to convince Hannah to give him the chance. The twists and turns are ever-changing and the chemistry between Dax and Hannah is fantastic. I loved the emotional depth in this story between the main characters and how, even though this is a novella, the true depth of the story and how there is so much packed in. There were multiple things going on and it was like a roller coaster at times but in a good way. I liked how Dax made sure to explain how he felt to Hannah and try to make up for what happened to Hannah and show his true feelings. Hannah is a super smart and strong woman who knew her feelings for Dax and with all that happened in the past year, she was reeling-BUT even reeling, she still was a strong woman who knew what she wanted and make sure to let Dax know. The main characters were fantastic and I loved this novella a lot. I wish this could have been a bit longer for I would have loved a little longer story for Dax and Hannah. When Ms. Reus writes her Deadly Ops stories, they are always on point and are full of action and romance and this story does not disappoint. I cannot wait for the next story. My rating: 4.5 stars ****