Targeted (Deadly Ops Series #1)

Targeted (Deadly Ops Series #1)

by Katie Reus
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Targeted (Deadly Ops Series #1) by Katie Reus

Hidden in plain sight…
Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories—which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her—if only she weren’t under suspicion.
When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling—and worse—she doesn’t know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company—a man with hauntingly familiar eyes.
As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people—starting with them.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451419217
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Deadly Ops Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 467,636
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Katie Reus is also the author of 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 sniper. 

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Targeted (Deadly Ops Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
bimmergrlmd More than 1 year ago
New series by Katie Reus! Targeted is the 1st book in Katie Reus's new series, Deadly Ops. Similar to her Red Stone Security series (I highly recommend!) it is full of suspense and non-stop action. Jack, aka Sam, former US Marine sniper and present NSA agent, takes a job that requires him to work undercover with Sophie, "Sam's" one-time love. I fell for Jack hard! He's the whole package...dangerous/deadly skills, protective, and downright sexy! The heat between he and Sophie makes you fan yourself. But as much as I loved Jack, I had a very love/hate connection with Sophie throughout the book. Her backstory tells us she's been hurt before, so you expect trust and/or closeness issues, but she had so much anger toward Jack that she often felt more brat than strong heroine. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a very impressive start to Katie's new series and I look forward to more Deadly Ops adventures. Recommended read.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout! Each chapter is action packed and keeps you wanting to find out more. Am really looking forward to Katie Reus's next book in this series!!
Angelaingham More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this book to be released and i wasn't disappointed i fell in love with Jack and Sophie, Jack takes a case that brings him into direct contact with his past and having to deal with feelings he never thought he would have to deal with, i love the way the characters deal with there past and present, I really cant wait to read more in the series. It's a must read!
SarahWeaver More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Katie Reus has a great way of blending the right amount of action, suspense and romance. I really enjoyed reading Jack & Sophie's story and can't wait to read what comes next in this new series! I have yet to be disappointed by anything this author has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Oh, I really enjoyed this book. I recently finished reading the Red Stone Security series by this same author and loved her books enough to seek out this one. This story was so intriguing, it kept me entertained throughout. I really couldn't put it down. Both the suspense and the romance were superb. The two leads had undeniable chemistry. The sole reason I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I would've liked a more satisfying ending. Although there was an epilogue, it really did nothing to wrap up this story. I'm assuming it's setting up the next book. Other than that this is one terrific read. Will definitely read again.
ChellyH More than 1 year ago
There really aren't words for me to say how much I loved this story. I love all things Katie Reus, but this has become my favorite of her romantic suspense stories, because there was just so much action and "who done it" going on! I loved that we were able to get a peak into the pasts of Sam/Jack and Sophie, but doing so never slowed down the pace of the story, which I thought was fantastic. The idea behind the Black Death 9 group, and the cases they deal with, was intriguing. Ms. Reus, as usual, wrote really solid characters & I'm looking forward to seeing them again in the next book. I'd love to see how Sophie and Jack are doing & of course, I'm curious about what's going on with Levi. Another part of the book that I loved, was Ms. Reus' attention to detail when describing the setting. Without being overly wordy, she does a great job of making the city of Miami and its surrounding areas come to life. It's a testament to her skills that she can have so much going on in a book, and no one aspect takes over. The action, romance, setting and plot flowed perfectly! I cannot believe we have to wait until next fall for more of this series...but wait I will! 
MelissaPorter32 More than 1 year ago
Jack left his old life behind all except for his feeling for one high school friend. Jack made some tough choices ones that made him rethink. Sophie's life was not always the easiest. She had a few regrets but non like the regrets she had with her friend Sam. She lost the chance to fix those regrets and she never thought she would have a chance to fix them. Jack takes a mission that brings him into contact with Sophie again. It brings up all his past feelings. Ones that were thought buried. When her life is in danger he steps up to his old roles. He wants to protector her and would do anything for her. This story felt so realistic. It was so easy to get lost into it. Katie has a great way to flow the story right out so you can just fell like you were jumping right into the role of the characters. I am hooked. Now I want some more. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but a little too long.
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
New author and I really enjoyed the book. Really good characters with great chemistry. Great story and I love the spunk in Sophie. Suspense and sexual tension all the makings for a good book. Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story...kind of wished for more in the end, but I still liked it.
nataschajaffa More than 1 year ago
I originally downloaded a sample of this book, but knew within the first few pages I’d be buying the entire thing anyway. I was instantly taken in by the fact the hero had to “die” and change his name, despite everything...clears throat...everyone...he’d be leaving behind. New life. New name. New profession. Jack Stone is military--my favorite kind of hero--and this author definitely dedicated her time and efforts into getting the details right to bring this character to life. By the end of the first chapter, I was fascinated by the heroine’s tenacity and bravery as she committed breaking and entering to find the answers her boss might be hiding from her. This character was no door mat. She stood up for herself, for the ones she loved, and took bullets flying, kidnappings, and running for her life in stride. But not unreasonably. The author details how foster children, such as the heroine, can compartmentalize. So there was no point in the story I didn’t believe this woman was actually capable of handling everything the hero is throwing at her when he’s trying to save her life. The sexual tension between these characters was off the charts. I’ve never encountered a book with such chemistry between two characters before and I couldn’t get enough. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite book (and I read a lot)! Each chapter kept you wanting to read more and more. I look forward to more books by this author, but this one is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack and Sophie have a history, but Jack has to hide it from her while he's protecting her. Their bond is instant, yet Sophie doesn't understand why. I loved this book. It had everything, suspense, action, love and romance. A very good read, I highly recommend.
K_Holt More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Katie Reus! What an outstanding read. Thoroughly enjoyed the artful balance of romance, action, suspense, bad guys being really bad, hero being phenomenally Warrior Alpha, a STRONG (and likeable) heroine, believable characters, sexual tension, and tasteful sex. That's a lot of balls for the writer to keep juggling....and then she threw in more: a mole/leak, technology, secondary characters points-of-view, spot-on motivation and reactions, dialogue that worked. What a page turner! I fought with myself to read slowly enough to savor and get the full experience of discovering the plot as it unfolded...while desperate to read faster because I had to see what would happen next! This "big book" had it all...and it worked. All the way around. As the first book in a new series, it set up a marvelously intriguing new world....and I can see possibilities I *HOPE* will be explored in the books that follow. I know they'll be definite buys for me! I won't even think twice. And each one will go right to the top of my TBR list. My favorite genres include military romantic suspense ...and this is by far the best QUALITY one I've read in a very long while. My thanks to the author for writing a book I savored!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Just the right amount of everything and so much action. Can hardly wait for the next in this series.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog l Okay, I will admit to picking up this book due to the very attractive cover. It just screamed romantic suspense and hotness all over the place. And I lucked out yet again; Targeted is full of romance, suspense and a whole lot of hotness proving that sometimes, the cover is a good place to start to judge a book. No, don’t do that, I just got lucky. =P Former Marine, now National Security Agent, Jack Stone is given the most difficult assignment he has had. He has to work with the only woman he’s ever loved who thinks he is dead. Now with a new face and identity, staying to his cover will be difficult. Sophie, on the other hand, has her own tortured past. She and Jack were foster kids, and unfortunately, she did not come out of it unscathed. Though she loved Jack, part of her resented him from leaving her to suffer. A tragic life they both lived but now they will get the chance to finally, to resurrect a life that was meant to be…happy. I loved Jack. I think he is a total swoon worthy hero. The fact that he is strong enough to live without Sophie for her benefit is most definitely courageous. I love that despite his years apart from her, his love remains strong. He is also hot as hell. Sophie was an okay heroine. I felt her pain as a foster child and her issues about it as an adult. She definitely made some decisions that make her a brave heroine. Not so much physical but more in her line of work. I didn’t love her, and I didn’t hate her either, but I understood her. My heart did break for Sophie and Jack. They just couldn’t get a break. Getting a second chance is the strength of their characters. Surviving only to find happiness someday. And while I read this, I must haveve just held my breath in hopes they find their way to each other. It really was sweet. Of course, it wasn’t all heartaches and sweatiness. Ms. Reus gave this story a good blend of romance along with plenty of action and suspense. This is my first Katie Reus novel. I’ve heard good things about her but never had the chance until now. I was impressed. Her writing flowed, and the story was at a constant fast pace. I’m hoping the next novel will be the same if not better. Looks like there are plans for a second and third installment this series, which I will be waiting for. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was entertaining and thrilling. Cannot wait for the series to continue!
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booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
 Big 5 stars from me !!!!  This is the first book I have ever read by this author and all I can say is WOW ...  If you love strong sexy hero's this is one book you definetly want to read !!!! Sam < Jack > and Sophie were best friends who me each other while in the same foster home. He was her first love . He joined the marines and things separated them . Until many years later while he is undercover and they reunite  or will they? Can she ever trust him again? I mean she thought he was dead . And then right in the worst part of this craziness he makes her believe he doesnt care what happens to her.  Filled with Action that leaves you gripping the book and Passion exploding off the pages .. 
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ElaineReads More than 1 year ago
I can’t actually say Sophie stumbles on the criminal dealings taking place in her office because she goes looking when her suspicions are raised.  And that is a good description of her personality.  If things aren’t right, Sophie wants to know why and what can be done to fix them. Unfortunately, this time she has gotten into something that is going to get her killed. Enter the NSA and Jack Stone.  The NSA was already investigating Sophie’s employer and wants the information she has found.  Jack is the perfect agent to send because he is actually the young man Sophie loved when she was a teenager and has thought dead for many years. The agency has changed Jack’s appearance enough that he is unrecognizable, but there is something about his eyes. Targeted is the first in a new series by Katie Reus titled Deadly Ops and it is an excellent beginning.  Both Jack and Sophie are strong, likable characters and the storyline of espionage and rescue is engrossing. The book is primarily a series of scenes in which Jack has to save Sophie from the bad guys, but more importantly, it is the story of two people who have always loved one another discovering each other again. I felt so sorry for Jack because he still loves Sophie, but he cannot tell her that he is really Sam.  He wants to comfort her as a lover, but has to act like they are two people who have just met.  I really liked that Jack’s feelings were shown to be just as strong as Sophie’s. Two additional characters are interested and I really hope book two will be about them.  I cannot find any information about the sequel, but I will be buying it as soon as it is available. Ratings: Overall:  4 Sensuality level: 3
NookluvrRM More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a contest but let me tell you - Targeted (Deadly Ops #1) by Katie Reus is terrific. The characters of Jack Stone aka Sam and Sophie Moreno were extremely well written as were the supporting characters. Sam and Sophie have both had very rough childhoods but when they meet they finally have the love and security they both want and need. But life happens and they are torn apart. Many years later after Sam joins the NSA and changes his identity to Jack Stone he is sent on an undercover operation which brings Sophie back into his life. Sophie is in the middle of a dangerous situation and finds out she has been betrayed. She doesn't know who to trust. Jack is there for her and even though she doesn't fully trust him there is something familiar and soothing about him. The wise cracking banter between the two of them gives the story a little light on what they must have been like together as teenagers. The suspense is riveting and has twists and turns that were unexpected with the characters involved. In the midst of all that is going on around them, the chemistry between Jack and Sophie continues to escalate. Sophie is confused by this because she hasn't felt this way since Sam. Jack knows that after seeing and being with Sophie again he will not be able to walk away from her again without it killing him but is terrified Sophie may not feel the same way. Especially if she finds out the truth about who he is.  I'm looking forward to Deadly Ops #2. I'm a definite fan of this series!