Viable Threat

Viable Threat

by Julie Rowe
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Viable Threat by Julie Rowe

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance-if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can't afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they'll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.

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ISBN-13: 9781544851556
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 659,756
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Viable Threat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
But is that the action or the interaction between Ava and River? This story was very hard to put down as the action was nonstop. The romance was more of a subplot(?) compared to many other romantic suspense novels I've read. But the suspense allowed for the character development between 2 people hauling all their own baggage. It was a really good plot line...I don't think you'll be disappointed. In fact, the only disappointment is having to wait for the next story! Oh, but this story is stand alone even though I hope the main characters pop in for updates in follow-up stories. By the way, I did not receive this book in exchange for a review. This is all me! LGM
Anonymous 5 months ago
My first book by this author. Easy flowing read, enough romance and excellent action.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
I just could not put it down! It was such a great story
nelriv 10 months ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is the first book in this new series and does start out with a bang. Has a lot of action since they are dealing with a deadly virus and terrorist. We have River a alpha male, which we all love, but luckily not a jerk, he listens to people and does what needs to be done. Then we have Ava, strong female lead, who does not back down, and is also take charge, together they are combustible. We do have romance, but not in your face since we are dealing with a lot of chaos, we have a little bit of everything, this book keeps you on your toes, and does not bore you. Enjoy!
NNLight 11 months ago
Special Forces soldier and medic River “just call me River ma’am” gets a call from the head of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to come at once to a local hospital. There’s an outbreak of some deadly disease and she commands him to watch over Dr. Ava Lloyd, a microbiologist. He’s armed and ready for anything but one minute in Dr. Floyd’s presence and he’s smitten. She’s hot and smart… a total turn-on. Ava has seen her share of outbreaks but this one doesn’t respond to any antibodies and those who’re responsible are a mystery. It’s chemically altered and as the bodies pile up, every agency from the CDC to Homeland Security is on the case. Is it a terrorist attack or something deadlier? Working with River sets her body aflame but she promised herself she’d never trust her heart to a soldier again. Can he be trusted or is it just a fling? I’m a huge fan of Julie Rowe and this is her best book yet! The stakes couldn’t be higher and the attraction between River and Ava set my tablet aflame. You wouldn’t think that being blown up a few times while wearing hazmat suits would be sexy but you’d be wrong. The action scenes were intense and there were times when I was afraid Ava or River might die. There’s plenty of romance, although since many lives are at stake, Ava and River take it whenever and wherever they can. I connected with both Ava and River immediately and almost cried when it ended. I wanted more! Ripped from the headlines, Viable Threat is an adrenaline-rushing romantic suspense and a must read! The ending left it open for a sequel so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Favorite Character/Quote: Ava. I loved how brilliant she is (hello microbiologist) while being tough as nails and yet, there’s a vulnerability when it comes to the opposite sex and love. She’s all business when she first meets River and bristles at his nickname for her. But the more they work together, her walls come down and we catch a glimpse of the real woman underneath. My Rating: 5+ stars
beckymmoe 12 months ago
Whoa--open up this book and hold on tight, because it'll take you on one heck of a ride! Seriously, Viable Threat is pretty much a disaster movie in book form--non-stop action. And the back-and-forth between Ava and River really added to the action-movie feel--their relationship was a whole lot of fun. "Any idiot can go through life without making enemies," River said cheerfully. "Congratulations. It takes character and intelligence to make people want to kill you." Truer words were never spoken, unless you count these: "Just because a girl has an ugly cry doesn't mean she isn't busy plotting to kill you. In fact, if you're the cause of the ugky cry, she probably is plotting to kill you." Okay, so that last one wasn't actually directed at River, but at several points in the book, it certainly could have been! I had so much fun reading this book--the characters, the non-stop action, the fact that I absolutely did not know who was behind it all until the characters figured it out--all good things. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series brings! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
This book is INTENSE. I LOVED IT. "Romantic Suspense" is sort of a "meh, take it or leave it" genre for me, but THIS book balanced out the "romance" and "suspense" PERFECTLY. It's incredibly well-written with an engaging plot that I absolutely could not get enough of! Right from the beginning, River tuned in to Ava and they seemed to form a connection and sort of symbiotic relationship that held my attention. They each ended up helping each other in several different ways, and I loved reading how their relationship evolved. River may be one of my favorite heroes. He is my idealized "military hero," comprised of total badass and a dash of "boy next door" charm. The protectiveness that he felt for Ava was truly endearing, right from the start. I admired Ava because she kept having these new and downright crazy situations thrown at her but, with River's help, she met these challenges head-on and persevered. Ava was no shrinking violet, but I liked that she relied on River at times. This was just a spectacular story full of gripping, edge-of-your-seat moments that had me eagerly turning the pages from beginning to end. I will DEFINITELY read more romantic suspense books by Julie! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Viable Threat is the first book in Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series. The story has to do with a bioterrorist plot that unfolds rapidly in El Paso, Texas. Everything occurs at breakneck speed and it’s a perfect glimpse of what could happen considering the world we live in now. Special Forces Medic Walter River and Microbiologist Ava Lloyd literally meet, disarm a terrorist, and then get blown up. And that’s literally how the entire book plays out. Rarely do I find a book that is both serious and funny at the same time. River may be a soldier that has dealt with many perilous situations but he makes it a point to keep things light by making jokes and being brutally honest. On the other hand, Dr. Lloyd isn’t a fan of soldiers because she was engaged to one who was killed in action. Together, they become a dynamic duo trying to prevent the spread of a deadly virus that seems to have been created locally in El Paso. The action is intense as well as the attraction between River and Ava. There are a lot of law enforcement agencies involved in the chaos which has all of them jockeying for control of the investigation when they should be more concerned with eliminating the threat. In the midst of all of that, River comes across as a superhero. He is fearless and determined to keep Ava safe at any cost. Ava is a brave and strong woman. Although she is a lab rat, she handles herself very well in the field. You can’t help but root for her and River. Be advised that there is a retired Drill Sergeant that steals the show close to the end of the book. Of course, there is a mystery element involved in Viable Threat that adds another dimension to the book. It’s these layers that make the book hard to put down. There’s romance, action, sex, mystery, and a heavy dose of reality so what else is there to ask for. I will gladly read the next book in this series. **Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
RJ_Bookaholic More than 1 year ago
Loved it. I could not put it down. A fast paced action packed awesome read.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so exciting, scary, fun, and sexy. It was exactly what I want my romantic suspense to be! This is my first book by this author, and I want more! Dr. Ava Lloyd is a microbiologist working for the CDC. She investigates infectious diseases, and she's been called to El Paso, Texas for an outbreak of an unknown pathogen. She's brilliant, and great at her job, and the last thing she needs is some military man showing up to tell her what to do. She's worried that's exactly what's about to happen when she's assigned a partner to watch her back while she investigates. Walter River is Army Special Forces. He's a soldier, a medic, a teacher, and a protector. He gets called in to help Ava, since he's dealt with an outbreak during his service in the past. He gets to El Paso and walks into chaos. He is ready to jump in and help wherever he can, as it's obviously needed. When he meets Ava, he's taken with her beauty, and with her intelligence, right away, even inside a hazmat suit. He's determined to keep her alive throughout this mission. River and Ava's chemistry was strong, and I loved their banter, and nicknames. They were really there for each other, in all different ways, throughout the entire story, and I loved that. There was definitely some insta-lust happening, but I am so ok with that! Especially as there was a lot keeping them too busy to act on it for a while, so it was constantly simmering beneath the surface. The suspense plot line was scary and exciting, and so well done. It was even scarier to think how easily something like this could happen in real life. It kept me guessing about what would happen next and who the bad guys were. I can't say much more about that part of the plot without spoilers, but I was so excited to be kept guessing till the end. I also really enjoyed many of the side characters, especially Henry. I'm hoping, as this is to be a series, that he'll be getting his own story soon. This really was a fantastic story, and I had so much fun reading it. I can't wait for more of this series!
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive. CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can't afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they'll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart. Review: What a great action-packed, fast-paced story! I have not read this Author before, but found she wrote a gripping tale of bio-terrorism and romance. I know those sound kind of funny together, but the story is written so that they were woven together superbly. Writing a romance that happens in the midst of terrorism I thought was very timely and realistic. The terrorism plot and play-out really had me on the edge of my seat. I felt the Author did a great job at her research and made the story really realistic, which is kind of scary knowing that could happen. Though I felt bad and laughed when Ava and River continually get blown up, so there are moments of levity in the middle of chaos. Then there is the blossoming of romance between River and his Mouse (Ava). Loved them together! River is all alpha male, but lets the super smart, Ava do what she needs to do to get the job done all the while looking out for her. This story is not filled with sexy scenes, but the ones that it has are well-done and make sense to the couple and the story. It was interesting that the thing that threw a wrench in their romance was personal issues and not bio-terrorism. The ending is extremely satisfying and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book. If you are looking for a thrilling romance, this would be a excellent choice. 4.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An excellent book that is action packed and full of suspense. With a deadly virus spreading like wildfire throughout El Paso, Dr. Ava Lloyd needs to be able to do her job. It's clear that someone out there doesn't want her to so she needs protection to get the job done. Walter River is just that protection. A former medic in a special forces unit he knows how important it is that Ava be able to complete what she's doing. There are enough threats out there he needs to keep her safe from, their sizzling attraction has to be put on hold. Easier said than done at times..... This one is very well done. It did get a little too technical for me at times but it was easy enough to get the gist of the story. Overall it is a great read and definitely one I would recommend.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book is non stop and had me turning pages just as quickly as possible - it's fast paced action at its best. In it, River, a special forces soldier, is assigned to assist Ava, a CDC physician, investigate a horrible illness sweeping the area. As they investigate, it quickly becomes apparent that the illness is a deliberate action and not a random occurrence. They rush from scene to scene - Reeves providing the security and door "keys" and Ava the microbiology skills. They encounter many people that try to thwart them and some that just want them dead. Despite the serious subject matter, there a bits of humor that made me laugh out loud and a bit of romance. I loved the characters and felt invested in their story. River is swoon-worthy, but imperfect with ghosts of his own, while Ava is haunted by different ghosts from her past. This novel also contained a line that I just loved: "Any idiot can go through life without making enemies...Congratulations. It takes character and intelligence to make people want to kill you." If that quote appeals to you, you will love this book. This is a must read book for fans of the genre. You'll want to put this one at the top of your TBR. I'm adding the author to my must read authors' list.