Reviews: HUNTED and DISAVOWED by Kaylea Cross

Things are getting intense in the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) series by Kaylea Cross. In Hunted, Intense should really be Clay Bauer’s middle name. He is an intimidating HRT member and I think Zoe Renard is the only person on the planet that could get under that tough exterior. We meet both of these characters in earlier books. Bauer is teammate to Tuck and Zoe is Tuck’s cousin. She also happens to be Celida’s best friend. So, Bauer runs into her an awful lot. Cross set Bauer and Zoe up great in Targeted and I knew from the scene at the airport they were going to be a fun couple to watch.

huntedZoe is incredibly sure of herself which is a breath of fresh air in romance when most characters have so much baggage they can’t see past it. Zoe is not stranger to heartbreak or a past but she learns from it and knows what she wants and that she is worthy of someone who will love her for her true self. Bauer is extremely nervous around women after the way his ex wife treated him and how things ended. He doesn’t want to enter into a relationship again. Like ever. He just wants to keep that very thick wall up around his heart, do his job, maybe have some meaningless fun with a woman now and then but nothing more. Zoe has some plans for the big bad Bauer.

Cross writes an amazing story for these two characters. The plot was exciting and pretty much non-stop for me from the first page through to the end. I think she does a great job at coming up with ways to bring the HRT in to do their job while keeping it creative for the readers. No two operations are the same. In this book, just when you think things are looking up for the hostages, it goes wrong again. Luckily, we know it is a romance and therefore a happy ever after takes place. Whew!

The romance between was not super flashy because that is not them. The intimacy, however, was pretty darn incredible. Bauer has a little darker side he likes to share with his lovers and was extremely happy that Zoe let him be who he was and share that wild side. It made for some hot, hot scenes. While I loved Tuck and Celida, I think Bauer and Zoe are my second favorite couple. Zoe was so kickass and I enjoyed watching Bauer’s walls break down for Zoe.

The plot in this story was tough. Intense and had me anxious for the characters several times. Cross is able to nail the villain point of views enough to understand why he or she is doing what they are, but also giving you the chills at the same time. I was so glad to see the HRT swoop in and take care of business.

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disavowedI was probably most intrigued by Matt DeLuca in Disavowed. He is the HRT Commander and I was very curious about him in each book of the series. He takes his job seriously, has a lot of respect for the men under his command and has a love for his country. Why is he single? One of the books alluded to the fact that he had lost his wife but did not say how.

The beginning of Disavowed provided us with the reason of DeLuca’s loss and set up why he is the man he is today. That was very heartbreaking to say the least. Enter Briar Jones. A very big question mark to all of us. And then add in a few assassins, a corrupt CIA agent and we have a conspiracy on our hands. Who doesn’t like a good conspiracy?

DuLuca first meets Briar at a security convention in Hunted and we knew something was going to happen with the two of them, but we weren’t sure who she was yet. That was so cool the way Cross introduced her to all of us.

I loved the rush of the chase in Disavowed. The characters couldn’t stay in one place for long because they knew someone was after them but they didn’t know who. I enjoyed watching DeLuca not being in total control of the situation and instead giving both his and Briar’s hearts what they needed – love. They let that love in and amazing things happened.

Another fabulous story by Cross in the Hostage Rescue Team Series!

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About the Book

Hunted (Hostage Rescue Team, #3)

Author: Kaylea Cross

Release Date: October 25, 2014 / Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

She’s the one woman he can’t have.

Past experience has taught FBI Special Agent Clay Bauer not to trust his judgment when it comes to the opposite sex, yet despite his jaded outlook there’s one woman he can’t get out of his head—and she’s off limits. They’re opposites in every way but Zoe’s gotten deep under his skin and when she’s drawn into a dangerous situation against a faceless enemy he steps in to help protect her. Then she disappears without a trace and the loss leaves him reeling. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back alive.

By the time he realizes what she means to him it could be too late.

Former family lawyer Zoe Renard has been through her own heartbreak but she can’t ignore the magnetic pull between her and Clay. When he comes to New Orleans for a conference, it’s the perfect opportunity for her to see if there might be something real between them. Just as desire ignites into something more powerful than either of them imagined, she’s targeted by a madman bent on revenge. With her life on the line, it’s a race for Clay and his teammates to find her and save her from certain death.

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Disavowed (Hostage Rescue Team, #4)

Author: Kaylea Cross

Release Date: January 6, 2015 / Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

The government trained her to kill…

Briar Jones has lived most of her life in the shadows, carrying out secret ops to eliminate some of the United States’ most dangerous enemies. She’s devoted her life to serving her country so when a faceless enemy targets her and kills someone close to her, she’ll stop at nothing to bring them down. With her life in danger and critical intel leaked during an off-the-books op, she has no choice but to go on the run with a disturbingly sexy man she barely knows. While in hiding they learn that the agency responsible for turning her into a lethal weapon is now out to destroy her. What they don’t know is why, or who has set her up. As they unravel the mystery Briar must trust this near stranger in order to stay alive and expose whoever is behind the plot. She never expected to lose her heart in the process.

Now it’s coming after her…

Matt DeLuca has survived devastating loss and risen to become commander of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. When a top-secret mission goes awry and he’s tasked with protecting Briar, the last thing he anticipates is falling in love with the beautiful and deadly assassin. But now intelligence officers are dying and Briar’s name is at the top of the hit list. With her life at stake they race to end the threat and clear her name, battling the shadowy killers sent to silence her forever.

2 thoughts on “Reviews: HUNTED and DISAVOWED by Kaylea Cross

  1. Hunted is awesome!! I loved it! I would recommend Sarah Andre’s Locked, Loaded and Lying. It’s a great read, I haven’t been able to put it down which sucks because I will finish it so soon, but that’s ok there are plenty more to read this fall! is her site.

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