I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sleight of Hand by Julie Rowe
Series: Outbreak Task Force #3
Also in this series: Smoke and Mirrors
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on January 28, 2019
Also by this author: Smoke and Mirrors
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CDC nurse Joy Oshiro is stressed to the breaking point. College students are dying and no one knows why. And her new partner Dr. Gunner Anderson is frustratingly annoying--and sexy, but mainly just plain annoying--and proving difficult to avoid. He spent three years with Doctors Without Borders, and disillusioned is just the tip of his issues.
They’ll need to learn to trust one another if they have a chance at figuring out who is behind the attacks. She makes him laugh, makes him forget--for a little while. But each new clue keeps them one step behind the terrorists, with buildings and evidence being destroyed just as they near.
Now they’re in a race against time to not only find a cure but also to avoid becoming the next targets themselves.
Dr. Gunner Anderson is working with the Outbreak Task force and so far he has chased two partners away with his gruff attitude. His newest partner, Joy Oshiro is definitely not what he expected at all. Being saddled with the petite nurse who spent eight years in the army as a nurse and also doing a stint as a combat medic is surely going to give him much of the same attitude he puts forth to others. Joy is not shy in the slightest and puts Gunner in his place while secretly lusting after the brooding doctor. Gunner can’t help being attracted to Joy and so far they are getting along quite well. But, their new partnership will be put through one of the toughest cases yet. Domestic terrorists are attacking their city and its residents and one by one people are dying. Will Gunner and Joy be able to solve the case and find a cure in enough time before the attack spreads even wider?
Julie Rowe has done it once again and has written another stellar installment to the Outbreak Task Force series. Sleight of Hand lived up to every one of my expectations – an action packed story with a to die for hero and a heroine that is his match in every way. Rowe has such a knack for writing scenes full of action with a romance weaved right in. I happen to love Romantic suspense and it is probably my favorite in the romance genre, but sometimes I find the suspense aspect lacking in most books I read. I know that once I pick up a book by Julie Rowe, I never have to worry about there not being enough action. It’s almost like watching a movie and watching the story unfold right before your eyes.
What I liked most about Gunner and Joy is that they were equal in every way. Gunner was in Syria with Doctors Without Borders and with Joy seeing combat as a nurse, I think they could relate to one another so much easier and understand each others triggers and symptoms of PTSD. I found it quite refreshing that they could lean on one another when things got tough. Gunner is very much an alpha hero, but I never felt he overshadowed Joy’s abilities as a nurse or as a woman and Gunner did not portray her as someone who was vulnerable and needed rescuing.
Sleight of Hand is a fast paced, action filled romantic suspense with an intense mystery that will take you on a non stop thrill ride thats starts at full speed and does not lose its steam until the dramatic finale. I wholeheartedly recommend picking up this series if you love action, a tight plot, and wonderful characters you will fall in love with.