Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories - which include the woman he let get away years ago. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he's never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her - if only she weren't under suspicion.
When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling - and worse - she doesn't know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes that the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company - a man with hauntingly familiar eyes. As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people - starting with them.
Contains mature themes.
©2013 Katie Reus (P)2014 Tantor
"Nonstop action, a solid plot, good pacing and riveting suspense make for truly edge-of-your-seat excitement." (Melanie Bates, RT Book Reviews)
Katie Reus has written a sexy, suspenseful story that will hook you immediately. Jack Stone works for a secret government agency, the NSA. Since Sophie Moreno, the woman he loved, left him, work has been his life. Wesley Burkhart, his commanding officer, wants him to face his demons. He sends him to investigate SBMS which is where Sophie works. He is undercover but she doesn't know him or trust him. He had surgery to change his appearance. Sophie suspects something is wrong and investigates. Now she knows too much. A killer wants her dead but Jack will protect her with his life. Their danger intensifies and comes from unexpected places. Will Jack and Sophie survive these threats and have a chance for a HEA? This book is the first in a new series, A Deadly OPS novel. Jack Stone and Sophie Moreno are a well matched pair. When they're together sparks fly. Both are intelligent and determined. I was intrigued by Wesley and would like to know more about him. I loved the constant plot twists. The ending is a surprise. I highly recommend this book. Sophie Eastlake makes the story come alive with her wonderful narration. I love audiobooks. They give depth and emotion to the story.
Top of the shelf at the moment. Sophie Eastlake is awesome at bringing Katie Reus' book to life as she reads it.
I enjoyed getting to know Jack Stone in Targeted. I find myself drawn to Levi. Curious about his story and all he is getting in to.
Sophie brings character. She is an amazing reader..knows just when to pause or raise her voice. You really get a feel for the scenery with her narration.
I was drawn in. Did not want to put down my ipad. Found myself emotionally connected to Sophie. She had been through so much.
This is a must have in your collection!
What I'm Reading
I had read the book prior to listening to the story, but the narrator was able to do a fantastic job on reading. She was able to do a great job with both male and female parts.
The restaurant scene, where Sophie and Jack try to escape without getting shot at.
This is my first Sophie Eastlake's performance and I thought she had done a great job.
Oh yes! If I could do this in one sitting I totally would.
This is my second audio book and mind you, by the same author but I'm going to rate it as my favorite.
Targeted is the first book in the Deadly Ops Series and I have to say it’s become my favorite of Katie Reus’ contemporary stories. It starts with a lot emotion from the beginning, giving a few glimpses of life a soldier and what they may have to give up for the greater good. Then life moves on as normal for the rest of us, including those that were once a part of their life. That was the case of Jack Stone. He gave up a life in order to become one of the best NSA agents but hurt her beloved, Sophie Moreno, in the process.
Sophie thinks her high school sweet heart, Sam, is dead and has never been able to love again. As an adult, he works for a company that makes deliveries medical supplies but notices that something is not right and investigates on her own, making herself a target of a terrorist organization. Jack was sent to investigate how the company was involved with the terrorists and because of their past history; however she doesn't know Jack is the same person as the man she thinks dead. The same of his arrival he ends up saving Sophie and a never ending chase is started to discover who wants her dead, who’s behind conspiring with the terrorists, who’s the mole passing information about Sophie, at the same time that Sophie thinks she’s going crazy because she can’t stop thinking about Sam every time she looks at Jack! If that wasn't enough, it seems they are both being betrayed by people they considered close friends, and people Sophie cares about are being hurt and held hostage.
However at the heart of it all is the love that never died. There is attraction between Jack and Sophie but there are times she wonders if it’s because he reminds him so much of Sam or if it’s because she was attracted to Jack. The fact they didn't just give into the attraction made the story believable. The tension was there but it was coherent with the characters and the story. And when it finally happened, it felt realistic. Although I’m becoming a fan of Ms. Eastlake’s amazing narration, I’m buying this book in print because I want to read this book at my own pace and recreate this world again with my own voice.
I like her soft but clear voice. She takes great care in emphasizing the voices for each character and I could tell who was the one speaking before she actually said it.
When Jack is thinking about the last time she saw Sophie and how she blamed him for her being assaulted. And then she apologized for what she said, knowing that it was not her fault indeed but she was hurt. That showed how young and naive they both were and how much they needed each other.
I will definitely be buying more books from Katie Reus and listening more from Sophie Eastlake.
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Yes I loved this story
How Sophie knew in her heart who Jack really was.
Jack she did a great job
Things are not always what they seem
Truly loved listening to this book
It is so good!:) The narrator does a great job with this story.:)
Katie write about terrorists in an interesting way.She let you spend time in their heads and therefore make you understand why they are terrorists.It is not just black and white.
Nothing at all! Her different voices are great.She made this story feel alive!:)
I recommend you listen to Katie Reus's other books because they are also good!:) I am looking forward the next audio book in this series! :)
This is my first book by Reus and I liked it. It is for light listening. Not too hard core suspense or romance but a nice blend. I would say it leans more heavily toward romance than suspense. The narrator was good but all of her male voices are the same. Just a husky voice tone. It was worth my credit but nothing to rave about. Sometimes I like a lighter tone in books between more intense ones
I normally wouldn't go for this type of book, but it was on sale. It wasn't a terrible story but I just have to comment and warn future readers: the number of times the author says "randy teenager" "damn sure" and "damn well" is so irritating! I began to get distracted by it! Other than that it's fine to pass the time...
Targeted by Katie Reus is filled with action and suspense. This is a new series by this author and there were some back stories that will hopefully be told in other books in this series. Sam (Jack) and Sophie both grew up in foster care. Sam (Jack) joins the marines and plans to take Sophie with him as soon as she turns eighteen. Things happen and Jack and Sophie end up apart. Jack (Sam) gives up his life and identity to join a secret black ops task force. Sophie believes that he is dead. Jack has not seen Sophie in over a decade but his latest mission involves her. Jack and Sophie have some serious chemistry. Jack is aware of their past but Sophie isn't -- she thinks she losing it -- as she feels and believes that Jack has some of Sam's attributes. The character interaction is great. There was some heat to the book but it was not over the top. Ms. Eastlake does a great job with the narration of this book. She brings the characters and their emotions to life. There were no real noticeable grammatical errors or significant pauses in the recording. I listened to this audio book over several visits to the gym. The book was able to keep my attention, over the noise of the elliptical machine and treadmill. It made the time at the gym pass much more quickly – I even wanted to extend my work out so I could listen longer.
Blue Moon Reviews
I'm happy to have found Katie Reus! This is romantic suspense balanced exactly right. It's not too grim or edgy or bloody and (welcome news!) nobody gets spanked. There are a few almost impossible plot points but Sophie Eastlake's smooth, convincing delivery had me nodding my head and happily going with whatever she said.
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