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Reviews: MARKED and TARGETED by Kaylea Cross

The Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) series by Kaylea Cross starts out with Marked (Book1) and Targeted (Book 2). I could not get enough of these as soon as I opened the pages of these.

markedIn Marked, we are introduced to the team in the series. I think that some of the guys may have been introduced in the Titanium Security Series books but I have not had the chance to read through all of those yet, so, don’t quote me on that. Marked follows HRT member Jake Evers and architect Rachel Granger. These two haven’t spoken in a couple of years, but Rachel reaches out to Jake when she finds one of her brother’s friends on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. She knows he is the only one that may believe her and be able to do something about it.

The entire story flowed well, the actions scenes were intense and the romance between Jake and Rachel was right on given their history. Even though the love scenes were hot, I they were very sweet and gave me “aww” moments. Now, 180 turn from that was the villain. I often wonder how authors can create such evil villains. I had the chills while reading the villain’s point of view in this book, especially after what he did to his hostage!

Marked was the perfect story to kick off the series and introduce you to all the characters, some more than others. Targeted was set up very well and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Tuck and Celida’s story knowing what might be coming up next.

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taregetedI jumped right into Targeted after I finished the first Marked. Brad ‘Tuck’ Tucker is the team leader of the HRT and Special Agent Celida Morales works in Counterterroism so they often work together. They were partners at one time before Tuck made the HRT and always kept things professional but now she wants him to make his move. Tuck is ready to claim Celida in all ways that he can, but knows she is not ready to give him every part of her yet. She is suffering from PTSD among other things, so takes things one step at a time. I loved his approach and how forward he was with his feelings to Celida.

The way that Celida was able to redeem herself in her own mind was fantastic. I was so proud of her and how she handles herself in all aspects of her life. She really overcame a lot in this book and it helped get her career and life back after what happened to her in Marked. The intimacy between Tuck and Celida was so incredibly hot. When you read a Kaylea Cross book, no two love scenes are the same, and that was so true for these two characters.

Targeted is my favorite book in the series so far. I really enjoyed the characters, what they were dealing with personally and how they learned to depend on one another to get through the tough times. Cross did an amazing job with Targeted from the story line to the details/situations in the characters’ lives and the way their romance played out. I usually try and guess how things are going to turn out in a book, and was always always surprised while reading this one. I love that!

So, now that you have gotten a glimpse at the first two books in the series, are you ready to read them? If not, stay tuned for the next two reviews this week as I am hoping to change your mind. 🙂

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About the Book

Marked (Hostage Rescue Team, #1)

Author: Kaylea Cross

Release Date: June 30, 2015 / Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

When danger lurks behind a familiar face…

Successful architect Rachel Granger loves her job and her life, but when a terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list targets her, there’s only one man she can trust. She hasn’t seen Jake in years but her former college friend told her he’d always be there for her and she definitely needs him now. Even though her feelings for him go far deeper than friendship and just being around him risks her heart, she would do anything to keep those she loves safe from a madman bent on unleashing hell.

Only one man from her past can help

FBI Special Agent Jake Evers made the biggest mistake of his life when he let Rachel slip through his fingers over two years ago. It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t seen her since then—if she needs him, he’ll be there. When he learns that she’s the target of a domestic terror cell, he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe. He’s never gotten over her and won’t risk losing her again now that she’s reappeared in his life. But the threat is more widespread than they realized and now it’s a race against time to keep her and scores of innocent civilians alive.

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Targeted (Hostage Rescue Team, #2)

Author: Kaylea Cross

Release Date: August 28, 2014 / Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Book Summary:

They were partners once…

After an attack on the job that nearly killed her, Special Agent Celida Morales is determined to salvage her reputation in the FBI and get back to the career she loves. Domestic terrorism has left its mark on her—literally—and now she’s more determined than ever to leave her mark on it. But when a hostage situation takes an unexpected turn she’s confronted with the realization that she may not only lose the hostages, but also the only man she’s lost her heart to.

To be together now, this time they’ll have to risk it all…

Hostage Rescue Team assault team leader Brad Tucker has always wanted Celida but professional conduct and her unwillingness to commit stood in the way. For more than a year he’s been juggling the increasing demands of his job and personal life, but after Celida was almost killed, none of those reasons matter anymore. Tuck knows it’s time to claim her and he’s ready to lay it all on the line. Then an op turns deadly and it’s a race to bring down a well-trained enemy bent on settling an old score, a man who doesn’t care how many innocent people get in his way.

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