Her power-hungry husband takes pleasure in her pain, but she’s done playing the victim.
Three years ago, ex-operative Sophie Jordan made the mistake of falling in love—and marrying—her target. Now she’s paying for it tenfold. Her husband might be one of the sexiest men alive, but he’s also a psychopath. She’s been a virtual prisoner, and the time has come for retribution—and escape.
Undercover agent Malcolm Gunnison has his orders: get intel from Sophie’s arms-dealer husband, then kill him. He plans to get rid of her, too, if she gets in his way, but he’s unprepared when she gets under his skin instead. Whose side is she on? And what is she hiding behind those mesmerizing eyes?
Sophie vowed to never fall for another man again, but this sexy undercover agent is different. With danger mounting, can Malcolm and Sophie trust each other—and their growing passion—enough to get out of this operation alive?
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by Anne Stuart
Fire # 3
February 14, 2017
The Fire Series
Anne Stuart has always been the master of dark romantic suspense to me, and I have been reading her books for as far back as I can remember. Edge of your seat suspense combined with sensual romance are her calling cards. And while the last book in this series wasn’t a favorite(a first for me with one of her books)this book made it’s way back up to being probably the best of the series yet for me.
Sophie Jordan is virtually a prisoner in her own home after suffering a bullet wound to her spine area. She lives on her husband’s private island and is unable to walk. At least that is what her husband thinks. But Sophie is planning to escape from her billionaire husband, who just happens to be insane and is very cruel to her. When Malcolm comes to the island to broker a deal for a biological weapon, Sophie is brought out and put on display for him by her husband, Archer McDonald. What Archer doesn’t know is that Malcolm is a highly skilled operative for The Committee, a group that protects the world from the likes of Archer, a group that doesn’t care how they get what they need. And what they need is to take control of the biological weapon before it gets sold to the highest bidder. Sound good? It gets better when you realize that Sophie was once an operative for The Committee and went to the island in that capacity in the first place. Falling in love with her target was not supposed to happen. Marrying him absolutely never should have happened. And now Sophie is living with a mad man.
I did have a problem with how a Committee operative/assassin would be able to completely drop her assignment and marry him instead. That was a bit out there for me, but in order to have this story, I guess it had to happen. Malcolm comes to the island believing Sophie to be the fly in the ointment, the dispensable one if everything were to hit the virtual fan. He can kill her if he wants to, as she completely sidetracked their work for years due to her not fulfilling her mission years before. But of course, he is instead attracted to her. Sensual romance? Off the charts at times. Stuart sure knows how to write no holds barred sexual scenes, I must say.
Sophie ends up being a fairly strong character, although I was a bit put off by her prior actions. She is determined to get off the island, but first has to find a way to kill Archer. Malcolm quickly becomes the object of her desire in the middle of all the intrigue. Malcolm could almost be interchangeable with other Committee operatives at times-although not as bad as the main character in the book prior to this one. He was pretty bad. These operatives are all dark, brooding men, ones that have no time for romance and have no intentions of ever falling in love. Of course that all changes throughout the course of these books.
I thoroughly enjoyed the intrigue, the suspenseful action scenes, and the romance. If the plot was a little out there due to an assassin dropping the ball with her assignment, it’s easily looked past in order to enjoy the rest of the story. At least that is what I did. I recommend these to adult romantic suspense readers. If you like that in a book and haven’t read Stuart, then you are missing out!
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Anne Stuart
I’ve been writing since the dawn of time. A child prodigy, I made my first professional sale to Jack and Jill Magazine at the age of 7, for which I received $25 (admittedly my father worked for the publisher). Since then I’ve written gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, historical romance, series romance — anything with sex and violence, love and redemption. I misbehave frequently, but somehow have managed to amass lots of glittering prizes, like NYT, PW and USA Today bestseller status, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, and a decent smattering of Romantic times and RITA awards.
I live on a lake in Northern Vermont with my incredibly fabulous husband. My two children have flown the coop, but the three cats do their best to keep us from being lonely.
In my spare time I quilt and play around with wearable art, and the rest of the time I write write write. Apparently women of a certain age get a rush of creativity, and I’m currently enjoying it. Too many stories to write, not enough hours in the day.
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Altough there were a couple of confusing moments, this still sounds like a good read for you. I haven’t tried Anne Stuart before, but maybe one day!
Yes she’s a favorite of mine. I have been reading her for over 30 years or longer 🙂
Stuart is an author I’ve always meant to try. And if you recommend her, I’m moving her up in the queue! 😉 This sounds like a thrilling read despite the strain on your suspension of disbelief. (I recently read a thriller and had the same problem but it was still a good read) I’ll have to check out this series because I’m very interested in the Committee. And you know you really had me at “dark, brooding men”. My favorite! Haha 😀
Most of her books have dark brooding men. One of my favorite more recent books by her is Nightfall. Takes brooding men and shoots it into the stratosphere. I stayed up all night reading that one and couldn’t put it down. It’s a standalone. You will understand why I like her so much with that one in particular!