Dead No More
Harlequin HQN, Jan 5, 2015, $7.99
One year ago, U.S. Intelligence Unit 67 (engaged to marry) covert agents Lily Andrews and Jackson worked a case in New York City. Just when they had the suspect trapped, Jackson fired a shot at Lily. She survived his assault but while she spent five days unconscious in a hospital, he escaped with the case that he sold to a client. When her superiors protected the agency and their asses by concealing Jackson’s treason, Lily quit to go after her ex.
After surreptitiously observing Lily for months, Agent Derek Moretti carefully approaches her to enlist her help with ending an illegal arms dealer selling state of the art weapons to eager terrorists. Lily jumps at the opportunity as she misses field work. As they work in close proximity having each other’s back, Lily and Derek fall in love, but she distrusts that undesirable emotion having been burned once. However, Lily finds she must choose between her bone marrow deep need for revenge, and with Derek preventing the nuclear genie from being released from the bottle.
The second Dead Don’t romantic suspense is an exhilarating action-packed espionage thriller starring a courageous angry heroine. Kick-butt Lily seems similar to the kick-butt detective star of the previous entry Dead Don't Lie; as both intensely seek revenge and their male counterparts serve as their beloved sidekicks, but the Black Ops scenario vs. Seattle policing brings freshness to this enjoyable novel.