Alpha Ops #5
In Compromised (Alpha Ops #5) by Emmy Curtis, it's been a year since Simon Tennant has seen his ex-fiancé, Sadie Walker. When he spies her kissing another man while on a mission to protect the Russian Finance Minister, he turns into an ugly green-eyed monster of jealousy. Knowing he shouldn't reveal his presence to her, he does anyway and is surprised by what he discovers. She's different than he remembers, and he's determined to find out why, especially when he begins to suspect the worst of her.
Sadie Walker believes that the man she's tricked into dating her is part of an anarchist group planning to do something bad. The only way to figure out their plans is to make the group believe she's willing to betray the company she supposedly works for to gain their trust. But the deeper she digs, the more dangerous things become, especially when she learns of their plans. Yet, that's not her only problem. It seems her ex is determined to drive her crazy in more ways than one, and is willing to do anything to discover the secret he believes she's hiding.
Having not read the previous books of this series, I was pleased to discover that this story could be read as a stand-alone, and the way it began with the prologue definitely sets the fast-pace of the story. Immediately drawing me into the story with a well-descripted introduction into this couple's relationship and why it fell apart, even though they loved each other so much. Moreover, their relationship alone had me wanting to keep reading and see how things would work out. Could Simon manage to convince Sadie to give him a second chance?Would they be able to trust each other again with all the secrets they're keeping? Can they solve the mystery of their assigned cases before it's too late?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the couple's history and the operations they've both been tasked with as part of their jobs. When they come face-to-face again for the first time since their break-up, there's a lot of hostility from the heroine's side, which made me really intrigued to discover the reason why. As Simon seemed to be the most genuine man when it came to his feelings for her, and yet, she suspects differently; believing that he may, of been using her.
I really liked both characters, although both had moments where they annoyed me. Sadie is strong, brave and tenacious. After witnessing the dangers of Simon's job, she's determined to make a difference in the world, which is why she joined the CIA. And with the assignment she's been tasked to handle, she's willing to do just about anything to complete it. Even if, it means swindling her way into her target's life by becoming his girlfriend. However, with Simon constantly around, it's hard to keep her cover. Because the more he suspects her of doing something wrong that could get her arrested, the harder it becomes to deny his persistence that she tell him what she's up to. Yet, what I liked most, is how she could handle herself. She really proves that she has what it takes to be a good operative.
While Simon, he's confident, tenacious and very protective of Sadie, even though she's a distraction he doesn't need, especially when she's constantly splitting his focus from his assignment. Moreover, his tenaciousness was what I liked most about him because he and Sadie deserved a second chance at happiness, and the only way that was going to happen was for him to win back her trust. However, that wasn't easy because she'd made some wrong assumptions about him revolving around the moment they first met. Then there's Simon's determination to figure out what's really going on with the man he's been assigned to protect and why he needs protecting?
Several hot scenes spiced up the story, and did justice to their intense chemistry, which was there from the beginning, and just kept getting stronger as the story progressed. Sadie isn't sure whether she can give Simon a second chance, but finds it hard to resist him because she's still in love with him just as much as he's still in love with her.
Overall, this was a really good book that has me looking forward to more books in this series. Especially if the secondary character, Garrett, is a hero in an upcoming book, because I really liked him. The epilogue wrapped this story up nicely, as Simon finally proves to Sadie that she' more important than his job. I would recommend Compromised by Emmy Curtis, if you've read the other books in this series, or enjoy strong heroines willing to prove their worth when it comes to a dangerous job.
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