Are you ready for a fast paced, action filled romantic suspense? If so, then look no further than Deadly Pursuit by Misty Evans. I really hope this book turns into a series. Cooper Harris, a seasoned DEA agent is the hero of Deadly Pursuit. The heroine, Celina Davenport is about 14 years younger than Cooper and is a rookie FBI agent who doesn’t quite know when to follow protocol. Cooper is very controlled and serious. Celina is a wild card acting on her instincts and emotions. They both happen to be drawn to one another and not surprising, Celina is willing to act on that attraction, but Cooper, not so much.
Celina is an interesting character. I wasn’t sure I liked her at the beginning the way she was practically throwing herself at Cooper, but the more I read the more I liked her and in the end I really admired her. I think characters like Celina make a book seem more real – when the characters don’t always make the right choices, but act more as human beings than fictional superheroes (or heroines). Cooper has a wall built up around his heart and it was entertaining watching Celina chip away at that wall. At first I thought Cooper was just trying to do “the right thing” but I learned that he was also trying to protect himself from the emotions Celina was causing him to feel. He was torn and didn’t like it.
The romance and intimacy in this story fit the characters well. I would have liked a little more, but I am not sure it would have changed the story and I hate when authors throw an intimate scene in when it doesn’t really fit the pace of the story. This one has a great pace already.
In addition to Celina and Cooper’s relationship, Misty has a boatload of action in Deadly Pursuit. When you are in need of the FBI and DEA to work together to track down an escaped convict there are going to be some messy things happening. Misty writes her stories that evoke emotions I don’t always want to feel but are necessary to GET the story. I was fearful for the characters and anxious sometimes, but also had a feeling of happiness and comfort at certain parts. When all was said and done and the story came to an end I felt satisfied. Everything was tied up nicely and the ending was appropriate for the story.
I always enjoy Misty’s books and this one was no different. If you are looking for a romantic suspense read that engages you from the beginning and is hard to put down because you can’t wait to find out what happens, I highly recommend Deadly Pursuit.
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About the Book:
Title: Deadly Pursuit (Southern California Violent Crimes Taskforce, #1)
Author: Misty Evans
Publisher: Misty Evans
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Category: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC received from Author
Her sting operation put a ruthless criminal in prison.
One year ago, rookie FBI agent Celina Davenport pulled off the ultimate undercover operation…she seduced Emilio Londano – the dangerous leader of the San Diego Mafia – and destroyed his illegal empire.
Now he’s escaped and looking for revenge.
When Londano escapes a maximum security prison and begins picking off Celina’s friends and coworkers, everyone she knows becomes a target. Including DEA agent Cooper Harris, the man who once broke her heart and is now assigned to be her bodyguard.
How far will they go to stop him?
Cooper and Celina must risk their careers – and their hearts –to turn the table on their pursuer. But will their past, with its forbidden passions and impulsive choices, put them directly in his crosshairs?