All I can say is "WOW"! She did it again~ If you haven't read the Bodyguard or Black Ops series by Cindy Gerard, you need to. Hot sexy men, action and intrigue...throw in some humor and steamy romance.... WOW! I enjoy that each of this strong men are paired with an equally strong female!
You can read this out of order, but treat yourself, put this on your wish list, start at the beginning of her Bodyguard series and work you way thru the Black Ops series while you wait for your name come around on the wish list! It will be worth the wait!
If you have read the others... you know! All you can say is "Wow," or maybe "Where can I get one of those guys?!?!"
BTW, I enjoyed this pool side while on vacation... it wasn't just the sun steaming things up! =O
Adrenaline surging action keeps one riveted to every daringly risky scenario in FEEL THE HEAT, while romantic thoughts turn from compassionate to desirous. The fourth book in the winning Black Ops, Inc series begins with an undercover mission filled with suspenseful danger, an uncertain outcome and teasingly snarky dialogue. As Cindy Gerard manages to up the peril in each following development, especially when closely guarded feelings become involved, FEEL THE HEAT will keep you engrossed as new and often terrifying details are revealed.
When B.J. Chase and Raphael Mendoza met undercover, they at first pointed guns at each other and their parting was not on good terms. With B.J. working for the Defense Intelligence Agency and Rafe being a Black Ops, Inc. member, their approach to any assignment is handled by following different rules. When it is discovered some highly classified weapons technology has been found in the possession of terrorist, she is covertly sent to the U.S. agency from where the information might have been leaked. This leads to unexpected revelations and another meeting with Rafe, guns drawn again.
Although Rafe and B.J. are basically on the same side, she does not like when her boss assigns her to work with the Black Ops, Inc. members, as she feels their methods are too different from her own. As facts are shared, they quickly realize the situation could be exceedingly disastrous if the terrorist plot is actually carried out. When a target date is uncovered, all involved know they must swiftly find answers and Rafe believes he might have the means. He was originally from Colombia and is related to those who are possibly holding vital information about the plans, so he and B.J. are to pretend they are an engaged couple and visit his uncle to hopefully learn what this drug dealer knows. When they go to Columbia in order to stop a disruptive disaster from occurring, Rafe and B.J. will face some dangerous dilemmas, while threats to their hearts are just as worrisome.
Grippingly enthralling with insightful emotions describes a romantic suspense story by Cindy Gerard. This talented author masterfully builds tension in her books as every second passes, and the result is always captivatingly spellbinding. With no idea of when a situation may turn deadly in FEEL THE HEAT, the reader is frequently caught unaware, thus mounting the eagerness for reading the next page. There are enough mysteries to keep you guessing, while the danger surrounding many of these unknowns just continues to escalate. The premise for this story is cleverly innovative, and the plausible threat is all too conceivable and causes chills with its possibility. There are a multitude of irresistible heroes in this book, where you only get to enjoy their delightful outer personalities, except when their own personal story is being told and then some of their innermost secrets are exposed. Discovering more about Rafe is skilling interwoven into the plot, and I found myself loving him even more for what he has endured. B.J. is definitely a feisty heroine, and seeing her interact with all the Black Ops warriors made for some entertaining moments. These two are written with strong characterizations, as they are depicted as being courageous when needed yet also finding it difficult to control their caring sides when it comes to each other. The passion between Rafe and B.J. starts simmering from their very first meeting, and the encounter is blazingly steamy when these feelings turn combustible. Whatever emotion is felt by these two characters during a scene, the sentiment is expressed with much heartfelt earnestness, though often shown by actions and not in words. With numerous secondary characters whose stories still need to be told, I am looking forward to many more Black Ops books. FEEL THE HEAT has danger, romance and even some laughter, where emotions are sincerely conveyed and confrontations constantly arise.
4 1/2 stars
This is the fourth in Gerard's Black Ops series.
Rafael "Choirboy" Mendoza meets B.J. Chase on an op in Venezuela when their missions cross paths. The sparks begin to heat up from their first touch, but anger keeps them separated.
Three months later their objectives cross paths again. Only this time they are on the same side. There is a traitor selling US secrets and they need to find out who and how to stop it.
Like all the other books in the series, this one gets into the action right from the very beginning. The story moves along quickly with no dragging in the plot.
B.J. concerned me at first because she was such a stiff, cold character. So many female characters who are written like this end up not being likable. No so with B.J. I actually liked her. She had a softer side and the history as to why she was so cold was well explained.
I also think that Rafe was a well developed character, though no as well as B.J. His family history played an important role in the story, but at the same time I didn't feel like I got into his head enough with it. I didn't sympathize with him as much as I did with B.J.
The romance blends well into the story and I didn't feel overwhelmed with too much of the push-pull of the romance. It fit well and made a great romantic suspense story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to more from the BOIs and also more from Stephanie. I'm hoping that is the next book...whatever it is, I am sure it will be an auto-buy for me!
Good book. I hadn't read the previous ones in the series but I wasn't too lost with the characters. I liked how tough B.J. was but she still was a romantic in the end with Rafe. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Very good read..it's a page turner.. I couldn't put it down. It can be a stand alone but I encourage you to start at the beginning of the series. It was fun to catch up with previous characters and have them be part of the story, too.
It's been awhile since I visited the boys of Black Ops and it only took a page or two before I wondered how I could have been so remiss! Ms Gerard is the consummate author if one wants well-written suspense. It is obvious she takes time to research and acquaint herself thoroughly with whatever subject she is tackling whether that of terrorists tactics, drug cartels, military munitions or any one of the vast and varied subjects we, as readers, get to learn about in each of her novels. The genius of Gerard shows through, however, because we don't feel bogged down by the information but rather enlightened by it. It flows with the story so flawlessly that it all makes sense while adding to the angst of the suspense.
The romance aspect in this installment was the only thing that didn't click for me this time around. I have loved Raphael since his introduction books ago. B.J., however, was a hard nut for me to crack. Her ice-queen coldness just didn't cut it for me because that is all the reader gets to see. We are told of her vulnerability but never get to actually understand and sympathize with it enough to make her deserving of the love Raphael gifts her with. She was harsh and rude throughout the entire story with only a weak explanation of an alcoholic mother and a deceased father. Many people have experienced much worse in life and still retain some measure of kindness!
Surprisingly enough the overall quality of the book succeeded in surpassing the disappointing love story in this one - truly a feat for one who usually requires the relationships be believable before awarding anything above a three star.
Defense Intelligence Office B.J. Chase has been summoned to NSA Headquarters to help Stephanie Tompkins find a lead in her Department. When Stephanie's boss is killed in a mysterious accident, B.J. tries to protect Stephanie. But the Tompkins family has called in Black Ops, Inc. to do the job. B.J. comes face to face with Raphael Mendoza, the guy she blames for blowing her last undercover assignment. Stephanie discovers that the leaked information is tied to a criminal in Columbia. Raphael has family in Columbia who believe he is dead. Now is the time for him to return to the bosom of his family, along with B.J. posing as his fiancee. As the two work together and grow closer, they must find the cache of weapons and stop a possible catastrophe.
This is a fantastic installment in Gerard's Black Ops series. B.J. held her own with the guys from Black Ops. Raphael had reasons for not informing his family that he was still alive. There is a good balance between the suspense and the romance. There is also a secondary romance that was very appealing. I had a very hard time putting this book down. My rating: 4.5 Stars.