Tasha Taggart isn’t a spy. That’s her sisters’ job. Tasha’s support role is all about keeping them alive, playing referee when they fight amongst themselves, and soothing the toughest boss in the world. Working for the CIA isn’t as glamorous as she imagined, and she’s more than a little lonely. So when she meets a charming man in a bar the night before they start their latest op, she decides to give in to temptation. The night was perfect until she discovers she’s just slept with the target of their new investigation. Her sisters will never let her hear the end of this. Even worse, she has to explain the situation to her overprotective father, who also happens to be their boss.
Dare Nash knew exactly how his week in Sydney was going to go—attending boring conferences to represent his family’s business interests and eating hotel food alone. Until he falls under the spell of a stunning and mysterious American woman. Something in Tasha’s eyes raises his body temperature every time she looks at him. She’s captivating, and he’s committed to spending every minute he can with her on this trip, even if her two friends seem awfully intense. His father will be arriving in town soon, and he’s excited to introduce him to a woman he could imagine spending the rest of his life with.
When Dare discovers Tash isn’t who she seems, the dream turns into a nightmare. She isn’t the only one who deceived him, and now he’s in the crosshairs of adversaries way out of his league. He can’t trust her, but it might take Tasha and her family to save his life and uncover the truth.
An explosive start to the latest Masters & Mercenaries spinoff series! (Yes, I’m finally starting one of these series with book 1! I’m looking forward to having more of a clue more of the time about what’s going on as the series continues…fingers crossed!)
Though once again I frequently got lost when there were too many McKay-Taggerts (and Wards, Carters, and Dean-Mileses) on the page (wait…which one are they again? at least there’s a family tree at the beginning, though it’s embarrassing how much I needed to refer to it) once the *real* op got started I was absolutely gripped. Like what-do-you-mean-it’s-a-workday-and-people-expect-me-to-help-them-here gripped. Ms Blake absolutely knows how to keep people on the edge of their seats, turning those pages like their lives depend on it! And the relationship drama–hooo boy. I know quite a few authors who think they know how extreme danger can make relationship truths become clear but who really should be reading these books and taking notes.
I you are 100% new to this universe–good luck! 😉 The banter is still really fun, even if you don’t quite know who everyone is, and keeping track of who plays at each club and why is going to be a challenge. But once you really get into the story–and you will, because Tasha and Dare are everything here–just hang on, because you are in for a ride!
(Now I’m just going to sit here and patiently wait for Lou and TJ’s book–which doesn’t even have a cover yet–and pretend like I’m not a big ball of stress over it after that epilogue. Don’t mind me!)
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.