Survival is crucial.
Trust is optional.
Love is unstoppable.
Jude Dagan's life as he knew it ended a year ago. On a mission gone wrong, he was forced to watch as Ella Banning, the only woman he's ever loved, was killed. Or so he thought.
Jude wasn't the only one who lost something on the day Ella was presumed dead. She sacrificed Endgame Ops, the love of her life, and parts of herself she can never get back. Now she's determined to take down the world's most dangerous terrorist—even if it means working for him.
When Jude and Ella are reunited, they'll battle the lies Ella has been forced to tell...and struggle to save a love that knows no bounds.
Endgame Ops Series:
Flash of Fury (Book 1)
Running the Risk (Book 2)
What People Are Saying about Flash of Fury:
"Immediately engaging... This is one terrific tale of romantic suspense!" —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!
"Gritty and fast-paced.... deliciously unrelenting." —The Romance Reviews
"Wonderfully fulfilling." —Booklist, starred review
"Fast paced, action filled, suspenseful, and filled with intrigue, betrayal, and romance with a fabulous sexy couple." —The Reading Cafe
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Wow. This is my first book by this author but it won’t be my last. I liked the unconventional beginning to this story. The main characters, Jude and Ella, are deeply in love, but then Ella is presumed dead and Jude must deal with his loss. A year later Judd discovers that Ella is still alive, and they reunite and must come to terms with their new reality and the machinations that have brought them there. I absolutely loved how devoted Ella and Jude were to one another, and that they both respected each other. Ella never became the helpless female, and Judd, though protective, didn’t become a dominating ass. The story, with its far-reaching plot, was a bit over the top at times, but was just so good that I went with it. I really loved the premise of two smart, strong people who loved one another and encouraged and supported each other through their journey. I highly recommend this book and will be anxiously awaiting more from Lea Griffith. Disclaimer: I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
You run the risk of falling off the edge of your seat with all the action, suspense, betrayal, conspiracies and people thought dead in previous books returning. This has been an exciting series from the first novella that kicked it off and it just keep getting better with each book. There are so many bad guys doing illegal and subversive acts and when you think you know all the players when one goes down there are plenty more to take their place. Other than the Endgame Ops team (a black ops group ran by the Joint Chief of Staff) you really have no idea who the good guys even are. Quick rundown is there have been two military ops where betrayal has happened to the men and women who were later recruited for Endgame Ops – this included the death of some of the team members. In the last book we found out two thought dead were not. This is one crazy ride of two soul mates being reunited after one was thought dead and later to have betrayed the team. Action was non stop and more conspiracies and secrets were uncovered. Each book is a new couple but the arc of the conspiracies continues through each book. With each book you get so wrapped up in the story and hate when it comes to an end.. Looking forward to the next book.
Running the Risk by Lea Griffith is the 2nd book in her Endgame Ops series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and was happy that Running the Risk was equally as good or even better. Jude Dagan, a member of Endgame Ops team, has not gotten over the death of the love of his life, Ella, a year ago. When he investigates some rumors of an Ella sighting, Jude ignores his team and is determined to track her down. Ella Banning, our heroine, who was assumed dead, is now working for the enemy, Horace Dresden. When she sees Jude from afar, she does everything in her power to run away and keep her distance. Ella has become a powerful assistant to Dresden, and is now considered a traitor, but Jude cannot walk away. He still loves Ella, and wants to find out the truth, even if he feels she has betrayed them all. But is Ella really a traitor? They (Endgame Ops) left her and others for dead, leaving them at the mercy of Dresden and his evil mercenaries. Ella was tortured, and broken by one of Dresden’s men, and she slowly became his powerful dangerous assistant, handling their associates. What Jude doesn’t know is that Ella is actually protecting him, since Dresden holds that over her head…if she doesn’t do what he asks for, he will have Jude killed and Dresden always gets what he wants. When Jude finally catches up with Ella, she tries to explain that she too has her own mission, besides saving his life. When the founder of the Endgame forces Jude to stay away from Ella, Jude knows that something more is going on. He will convince his teammates about getting Ella, and learning what Piper (Endgame founder) is hiding. What follows is a very exciting action packed adventure that will also bring some surprises, as well as conspiracies. When Jude and the team capture Ella, they will need to learn to trust each other, in order to get the main target..Horace Dresden. Something that is almost impossible, with his ties throughout the world, not to mention possible political betrayals. Slowly Ella will earn their trust, despite her determination to go back to where Dresden is hiding to rescue another woman held captive. The team realizes that they were also at fault for leaving her, and two others for dead; allowing them to be captured and tortured. These revelations will bring them all together to fight the enemy. The romance between Ella and Jude was sizzling, as they had great chemistry. Their love for each other was all consuming that even with the terrible things that have separated them, their love has never faltered. Despite his anger at what he assumes to be her betrayal at not coming to him earlier, his love of Ella was so strong, he could not let her go, as in time he would forgive her. I loved Ella’s strength, perseverance and ability to fight off anyone who threatens her. She survived the worst, and still wants to save the woman held captive and also kill Dresden. She earns her former teams trust, and together they will all go to try to destroy the enemy, as well as find out the truths of who is behind what has been happening. The final half of the book was intense with so many lives in danger. Just when you think they were safe, the danger escalates with both Ella & Jude’s life questionable. The exciting climax had me holding my breath to see who will survive. Lea Griffith has done it again with a fantastic suspenseful story, great couple, awesome secondary characters & an edge of your seat suspense
Running the Risk is a tangled, convoluted web of intrigue, suspense and love. It has a cast worthy of War and Peace and most have three names, first, last and call sign and use them interchangeably. Yet I still found myself flipping pages wanting to know what was happening and wanting to know if Jude (Keeper) Dagan and Ella were going to find their way back to each other, wanting to know if the bad guys were going to get theirs and wanting to know who the bad guys were. I didn’t read the first in this series and don’t know if it would’ve helped but once I got into it, it really didn’t matter. This is one heck of an exciting read.