Secret Maneuvers

Secret Maneuvers

by Jessie Lane

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BN ID: 2940016419077
Publisher: Whiskey Girls Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Series: Ex Ops Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 9,107
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she's pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

She's also a proud member of the Romance Writer's of America (RWA).
Please visit Jessie at: jessielanebooks.com/ for more information!

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Secret Maneuvers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not like any other romance book I have ever read. This book was done in a style even though forth coming in the steamy departments, drew me in and I could not put it down. I was so caught up with the characters and not just the main characters. Each one of them played such and important part for they were just like our own friends and family that are apart of our own lives.... I found myself inpatient as to what was going to happen next. In some parts I hated Bobby and felt sorry Bella and than it would switch. Oh my God! So many ranges of emotions this book puts you through ..You can also understand each point of view to the point of where you just want to slap yourself or them to say" hey wake up, everybody can not be right here"!!!..But then maybe they are.... This book also was dedicated to all who serve us to keep our world a safer place. It brings into focus that they are also human with all the emotions and the screw-ups as everyone else. It reminds us about the ones they leave behind to keep the home fires burning and that every day decisions can be life altering which affects so many people... This book blends the two with dignity,honor and humor which reminds all of us the struggles and the complexity of what we call the human race .. Secret Maneuvers also gives us all hope that second chances are within reach only if we open our hearts an minds so we can see them. Without giving any more away of the story line. I give Secret Maneuvers five big stars for its ability to capture the true spirt of relationships and how complex they are. Jessie Lane incorporated the complex in an extraordinary action pack and very exciting chain of events which will keep you spell bound. I will be waiting on pins and needles for their next release of this series and follow all their series from young adult to adult story lines. I am their number one fan and can't wait to see what else they will come up.... So don't wait get this one soon it will leave you more than breathless... This is a 5 Star read so get it soon.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes love needs a second chance. This is a riveting tale that you will grab your attention and hold on until the very last page. With an exciting mix of emotional romance and high stakes action this book is a perfect match for any romance lover. Belle is a kick ass heroine who I really enjoyed getting to know. She's made mistakes, but doesn't let them get her down. Even when shes working she knows how to have a good time. I also liked that she didn't let Bobby get his way even though she loved him. They are really fun together and their banter is one of my favorite parts of the book. It was also very nice to see how much Belle grew not only since she last saw Bobby, but throughout the book as well. She became a stronger woman and a better person instead of letting bad decisions make her bitter they made her stronger. Bobby was a fun character as well. He had also grown a lot through the years and even though he could be a bit thick headed you could tell he cared for Belle deeply. His efforts to gain back Belle's trust while sometimes crazy and comical were also sweet and I think Belle knew deep down that she would always love Bobby. I loved his fun loving attitude and how sweet he could be when it came to Belle. This is an exciting romance that will knock you off your feet!
BlithelyBookishReviews More than 1 year ago
The Story: Secret Maneuvers is the first book in Jessie Lane’s Ex Ops series. It is, as you would expect from the title, a romantic suspense tale about a team of ex-military or ex-alphabet agency men who, for whatever reason, are no longer working for their original teams. Because of their outstanding, specialized skills, these men have been recruited by Ex Ops – an organization secretly headed by the CIA - to do the jobs Uncle Sam wants to deny having any part of. What the title doesn’t tell you is what a fantastic, riveting story this is. Right from the start it grabs hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. The prologue had me shedding a few tears as Belle’s heart is broken by her one true love, the man who promised he’d never hurt her, one of only two people she’s every truly trusted. They were madly in love, but still too young to be making “forever” promises, so when Belle gets Bobby’s letter breaking it off, she does the only thing she can do to protect herself from ever being crushed again. She runs. It didn’t take long for Bobby to realize what a fool he was, but by the time he’d decided to beg her forgiveness, his Belle was gone. Private Investigators, Internet searches… nothing turned up a single clue about where she might be. He never stopped loving her, never stopped beating himself up for being such a fool, but eventually, he stopped looking for the girl who didn’t want to be found. Fast forward fifteen years to an operation involving the ATF and Bobby’s Ex Ops team who are working together to track down the people responsible for funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico. As the Fates would have it, Belle is the ATF Agent in charge of the operation, and Bobby’s not about to let her go again. She doesn’t want anything to do with him, but Bobby’s made it his mission to change her mind. My Review: It's not often I find a book that I can't put down. I mean, seriously can't put down, but Secret Maneuvers is honestly one of the best “second chance” romances I’ve read. It’s fast paced, funny, romantic and more than a little sexy. The world Ms. Lane has created is an exciting one, filled with complex characters who are just screaming for a story of their own. Bobby and Belle are great together, and despite my unhappiness with some of the things Bobby said to her after learning her secret, I couldn’t help but cheer them on as they fought their fears – and each other – and worked towards their happily ever after. The bottom line: Fans of romantic suspense, you do not want to miss this story, and that’s all you need to know. Trust me on this – just buy the book, sit back and enjoy! My thanks to Jessie Lane for providing me with a copy of this awesome story. Truly, thank you.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Secret Maneuvers was not only my first book ever by the writing duo Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo aka Jessie Lane, but I think this series could find itself among my favorites for romantic suspense. The story begins with a scene from Bobby and Annabelle’s past. The hometown golden boy and the trailer park bad girl. It’s Bobby’s last night as a free man before leaving for Army boot camp. In just a few pages we get the extent of their relationship, their bond, and their future dreams. Everything seems perfect until one day it isn’t. Fast forward fifteen years later and Bobby is now a part of an elite Ex Ops teams headed by the CIA. When their next mission involves working with the ATF, he comes face to face with the girl he never should have left behind, but the reunion is anything but warm. In fact, it’s downright frosty. As they work together to investigate black market sales of firearms being smuggled to a Mexican drug cartel, they also have to come to terms with their past. Belle has been keeping a big secret from Bobby. Will he forgive her when he discovers what it is, or will he lose her forever through the dangers of their jobs and his stubbornness? This book never got boring. Ever. Between the mission, Bobby’s attempts to get her alone for five minutes to talk, Bobby’s boys giving him a hard time, and Belle’s unwavering refusal to listen to a word Bobby had to say, there was never a dull moment. The first half of the book dealt mainly with the elephant in the room, and then her secret was revealed. Things go from interesting to “uh oh” in a heart beat, and suddenly the roles have switched. I could sympathize with both of them, however I definitely found myself on Bobby’s side throughout the story. Around the 80% mark is when the action really goes down. It was gritty, uncomfortable and had me white-knuckling my poor Kindle. If there was anything I had an issue with, it was everyone’s treatment of Bobby after Belle was rescued. He didn’t have a lot of time or freedom to completely process the changes in his life, but everyone kept yelling at him for hurting Belle’s feelings. In my opinion, what Bobby did wasn’t all that terrible. He was young, impulsive and scared – good intentions, crappy timing. The fact that he tried to make things right two weeks later was more than enough to redeem him. I especially disliked Teagan. Yes, she was Belle’s champion and she had a good reason to be very protective of Belle, but her animosity wasn’t the friendly type of “if you hurt her, I’ll rip your testicles off and feed them to you” kind of needling. The ending was a little cheesy, but it was perfect for our couple and brought the story full circle. Overall, I loved this story, and can’t wait for the rest of the series and the men of Ex Ops. The story flowed well, it was told from both Bobby and Belle’s first person alternating POV. The chemistry between them was believable even with the underlying hostility, and the sex … oh so HOT! I also thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue. The other men from Ex Ops made enough of an impression that I’m already invested in them and want their stories right now. I would never have guessed this book was penned by two people instead of one. Warning: There is a torture and rape scene around the 80% mark. They aren’t graphic, but you might want to skip that part if it’s something that is a trigger for you. My final rating 4 to 4.5 Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved that this was a romance with humour and of course obstacles to overcome. Also not knowing much about the Rangers it was informative as well. Did not know that the FBI and military worked so closely together. Am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I liked the main character of Bobby but by the middle of the book I thought he was just a big whiny crybaby. He blamed all their problems on Belle when it was just as much his fault. I liked Belle. She was strong and to be honest I wished she would have ended up with Charlie instead. I actually bought the book so I finished it.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Teenage love…Bobby and Belle are high school sweethearts deep in love.  When Bobby joins the military he promises to return and that they will live happily ever after.  He then writes Belle a “Dear John” letter that forever changes both their lives. Fifteen years later, Belle and Bobby meet again when their respective jobs join forces to track down whoever is taking black market guns to Mexico.  Bobby decides that he has to make their relationship right and vows to win back Belle’s trust. I have to start by saying I LOVE JESSIE LANE!  The ladies who write as Jessie Lane are amazingly talented and have never let me down. This is a story of first loves and second chances.  Secret Maneuvers kept me having to read more and more.  I thought I knew what Bobby would need to do to win back Belle and then he would go past what I was thinking making me go Awwwww….how romantic, or sexy, or sweet.  When I say sexy, I really mean hot blow your mind sexy.  Those had to be my favorite scenes. Belle is an amazing character.  Her strength and resolve to do the right thing and escape her rough past makes her a true hero.  When it was told that she was an ATF agent.  I knew she would be okay.  I was just hoping she would get to the place where she was okay with Bobby. Bobby, sexy Bobby, made me mad so many times.  First with the letter.  Then it seemed that he blamed Belle for disappearing and not trying to make their relationship work.  But when he decided to own up to his mistakes and win back Belle I fell in love with him.  He was a character I want to throttle out of frustration and then crawl into bed with him. Jessie Lane gave me everything I wanted and more with this book.  I cannot wait for more to be shared about character s in this novel.    If you have never read Jessie Lane’s books, any of her books, you are seriously missing out and great reading.  I recommend anything written by these ladies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect. Fantastic. Will not disappoint. Could not put this down. Action. Bad guys. Good guys. Strong confident girls. Hot and steamy love scenes. Can not wait tobread the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were times when I hated Bobby. There are some other reviews that say this as well. His selfishness is indefensible. He deserves to feel bad about not knowing about his son, but his continued anger at Belle is over the top.
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
Had good potential, but got bogged down with too much explicit sex and the 'I'm sorry," "you're sorry," "let's all be sorry" nonsense got to me. She needed to stop sniveling and he needed to stop feeling sorry form himself and throwing temper tantrums.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Belle made the book a four, Bobby a two. It was a good idea for the story, a letter sent and then regretted. But after a bit he just got "poor poor me".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was/is a keeper. I thought it was going to be like some of the books I've came across in the past where the seal protects the female because she's damaged from life event's. This had me from beginning to end. This book has it all the sad, the funny, the excitement, the drama, the mystery, the love, the pain, and my favorite it has strong women who try to stand up for themselves. Yes I got angry at both characters in the story, but I also cried with both characters because I felt their irony of the situations that had/have taken up in their lives. Ladies this is not a weak book it will have you turning the pages and right there with the characters either supporting or booing. Oh and Belle 's friend Teagan I have to say it hopefully she gets hers cause she is off the charts dramatic. Thanks Jessie Lane for something different .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, quick read. Nice intro to a series of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate the way it was written. I could see it being true. A friend of mine her friend had something close to it happen to her. We need more book like that . It was a fill good book.I loved the ending. Thank you !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can only give it three stars. I really liked the idea of second chances having a positive outcome. I think Bobby actually had more than two chances, but that's what happens between people in love. I wanted to give 4 stars overall. Unfortunately, this author does not know the difference between there and their. Reading the word used incorrectly completely destroyed the rhythm of the story. So, three stars. I will however read the next, as I did enjoy word choice, and the idea of second chances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the character descriptions were switched between Bobby and Belle. Belle's supposed to be the hot head with her crazy temper, but it felt like she spent half of the story crying while Bobby spent the entire book blaming her for everything and throwing tantrums aimed at her. Other than that I thought it was good read and kept me interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book about second chances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot, intense emotionaly, sizzles. Loved belle who pulled herself up from despair, went on with her life & made something of herself. Could not stand bobby! I don't care how young he was. He was the one who started who started all this heartbreaking chain of events & he has the nerve to blame belle for her secret!? Seth, the fourteen year old had more sense & compassion then bobby did! Seth is wonderful!
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
This is a romance/suspense story that keeps you reading. I will definitely read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was emotional roller coaster. Loved it! It had me lugging and crying and everything in between! I think I went through three tissues when Seth stood up for his mom against Bobby. Such a great story and author. Even though Bobby got on my nerves, he redeemed himself in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a great story. Too predictable and full of angst. Way too many corny lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story but all the overly-descriptive sex ruined it. It's just too much and makes something sweet and beautiful turn into something crude.
fcheavenly More than 1 year ago
I have been totally happy with the Jessie Lane books I have read so far. This one is just amazing! These characters are totally believable and I felt as tho they came to life! There is the right amount of suspense , action and drama that makes this story just move along seamlessly. It's a romance story but there is nothing boring about it! Totally worth a weekend read! I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this ebook after reading this I bought the rest in the series and will purchase more of her ebooks.