Close Pursuit

Close Pursuit

by Cindy Dees
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Close Pursuit 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿ When she set out with Doctors Unlimited as a translator on a humanitarian mission, Katie McCloud knew she was heading into a dangerous area. With most of her family involved in either law inforcement, the military or intelligence, her job as a kindergarten teacher seemed bland and she had wanted to expand on her experience. Expand she did, under fire and with a newborn baby tucked in her coat she was running for her life....along with her teammate, the brooding and enigmatic Dr. Alex Peters. In an ongoing attempt to distance himself from his past and the burden of his heritage, Alex Peters has chosen to place himself in unfriendly territory, using his medical degree to assist pregnant women who no longer have medical care. As a physician for Doctors Unlimited, he has been assigned the assistance of a translator, the innocent and chatty Katie, who surprises him with her grit and determination when they end up in the middle of some kind of attack. Forced to reveal some of his closely guarded secrets, Alex manages to get them out of immediate danger and eventually back into the U.S., but once there he is starting to seriously question his teammate's innocence. His attraction to her grows as his suspicions do, but when attacks occur on homeground and clearly directed at them, his only concern is to keep Katie safe. The constant unknown threat has forced Katie into Alex' protection and the close proximity has flared up the sparks flying between them. Even though her feelings for him grow, trust is still difficult to give. But in order to stay alive, both Alex and Katie have to let go of what they think they know, and have faith in what is in their heart.... ***** A highly graphic and action-packed opening sequence had me completely hooked into this romantic suspense novel!! My first introduction to Cindy Dees was a good one! An international counter-intelligence/ espionage novel with substantial romantic and sexual tension and heat is just what this reader enjoys!! An intruiging story with some descriptive chapters not for the faint of heart, and I don't mean that in a sexually explicit way.....  The story starts in a region ravaged by war and civil unrest and some of the resulting scenes and events we encounter are therefore perhaps outside of our frame of reference, but they serve to place the story in the appropriate context. Katie's character holds more depth than appears at first sight. She proves that fairly early on by her tenacity and ability to adapt under dire circumstances, but also later on in the story when under a tremendous amount of pressure as well as in danger for her life. She has a sense of clarity in the way she regards the world and the people around her, being able to detect BS from a mile away, which proves to be helpful to her. Alex has had a tough start in life, and frankly, it hasn't gotten much better. He has trained himself to shut down his emotional side completely out of self-preservation, giving him the ability to consider what is around him from a purely analytical perspective. But since meeting Katie, some of his emotions have been flaring up and that is something he is unfamiliar with. Something that makes him automatically distrustful. For someone who has relied on skill and analysis for so long, it is difficult to put any faith in his feelings. Aside from the fact that this was a very exciting and interesting action filled novel, I really enjoyed the character development of our two protagonists, Alex's being the most dramatic. Very insightful and intelligent writing by Cindy Dees with absolutely blistering hot sex scenes.  So for any lovers of, for instance, the KGI novels of Maya Banks, this is a fantastic read!! ¿An adrenaline packed, sinfully sexy spy story!!¿ **ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin HQN in return for an honest review.**
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
Alex Peters and Katie McCloud belong to a volunteer organization that sends them to distant countries to help women in crisis by delivering their babies. Katie is a kindergarten teacher and Alex is the son of an infamous Russian spy so their lives are very different. While in the small country, they are running for their lives as attempts are made to kill them. And they don't know if their attackers are Russian or American. I found that Close Pursuit was not an easy read and the plot was difficult to follow.  There were spies everywhere and many organizations were not as innocent as they first appeared. I didn't take to the characters.  Katie went from adventurous and bold to very stupid. Alex was odd.  He had such a difficult past that he was virtually unemotional. There was nothing about him that was attractive other than his body.  I didn't see why Katie was so hot for Alex.  So he is attractive but why does she want to sleep with him so badly?  She doesn't seem to be attracted to him in any other way, so no emotional draw until much later in the book. I expected this book to be romantic suspense but I didn't see that in Close Pursuit. It turned out that this was not my favorite genre but if you like spy novels, you might enjoy this book. Won Close Pursuit in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews I purchased the book. The plot was well thought out but the delivery was lacking. I often found myself bored reading it. Alex was a contradiction on one hand he is portrayed as a book worm and socially ackward and then on the flipside hot and adventerous, sorry but the two sides do not combine. As for Katie one one hand she is young and naive and then she is a hot adventures women hmmm still makes no since. Needless to say the book was average and not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well plotted tale told by a master story teller spoiled by too much explicit and gratuitous sex. Makes the reader feel like a voyeur! The protagonists can't be sure of anyone's motives. He is the son of a Russian spy. She comes from a family with CIA and special ops connections. They bring an orphaned baby back to DC and find themselves bonded to her and by her.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Close Pursuit is a very good book, full of action, suspense, and romance. It’s the story of Katie McCloud and Alex Peters. Katie, a kindergarten teacher, is in between jobs and decides to work as a translator for Doctors Unlimited which is an International Aid Organization. Alex Peters is the doctor she is translating for. They are working in Zaghastan which is deep in the mountains of Hindu Kush. Katie grew up in a family of military and law enforcement guys. Alex grew up as the son of a Russian spy. Katie and Alex end up placing their lives on the line to save a baby that sets off an international incident of sorts. There is so much more detail to go into but in doing so would ruin the book. There are several chase scenes, gun battles, and plenty of mind- numbing sex. There’s enough deception and espionage to make a James Bond movie. The Russian FSB, the CIA, Spec Ops, and many other alphabets are explored. The characters are well written and I could not put the book down. Katie and Alex are very intriguing and it was very interesting to get to understand who they were. Although they are polar opposites, they complement each other very well. That’s not to say that they don’t have a complicated relationship. They really have to figure out how to trust each other in order to stay alive. This was one of the best books that I have read this year. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Source: Publisher Reviewed by Gemini
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Greengirl86 More than 1 year ago
I am now a Cindy Dees fan. I could not put this book down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Plus I learned a few things. I highly recommend this book.