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.Shadow (Linear Tactical #6) by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #6
Also in this series: Cyclone
Published by Independently Published on August 16, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Cyclone
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Heath Kavanaugh lost years of his life working for a covert agency that ended up being the enemy. Knowing they put something inside his head—constant, incomprehensible whispers—is driving him crazy.
He needs answers, but they’re nowhere to be found.
What he definitely doesn't need is to fall hard for his Linear teammate's younger sister, Jacquelyn—the adorable linguistics doctoral student who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Especially when Heath’s attention puts her directly in the path of a danger he thought was gone for good. To stop it, they’ll have to figure out what’s in his head. And hope it doesn’t destroy them all.
Janie Crouch is back at it again with the next book in the Linear Tactical series. Shadow is book number six in what is becoming one of my all time favorite romantic suspense series to date. The guys who make up Linear Tactical are hot hot hot…..like melt worthy hot!
Heath Cavanaugh, code name Shadow, has been in the shadows for quite some time, often away and out of the country mainly helping with overseas negotiations and kidnap/ransom cases. Now, he is back in Oak Creek finally ready to get some answers. Heath, along with Dorian and Ray were all part of a covert US government agency known as Project Crypt and if you have been following along in the series, we all know how Project Crypt turned out. Ready for some answers, Heath is soon disappointed as the only lead he had is no longer a viable option.
Heath is next brought in to an undercover operation. Someone at Wyoming Commonwealth University is selling government secrets and it is Heath’s mission to go undercover as the janitor to stop the sale of an important microchip holding dangerous information if it were to get in the wrong hands. Here is where Heath meets Lyn Norris who is working on her doctorate in linguistics and philology. Sparks begin to fly between the both of them, but Lyn Norris isn’t exactly who Heath thinks she is and when the secret finally comes out Heath realizes he is going to be in a world of trouble. But, when Lyn is drawn in to the secret mission along with Heath her life becomes in danger and Heath will do everything in his power to make sure she stays safe.
There are just so many things to love about Shadow, but the main thing that has stayed consistent throughout the entire series is Janie Crouch’s insane talent to keep her readers hooked right from the first page. I always tend to like the first book in a series and then the next installments are usually very hit or miss with me, but the Linear Tactical series has kept its moment all throughout the six books. I actually stalk Crouch’s website to see when the next book is going to be released because I want my greedy little hands all over it. Patience is definitely not one of my strong suits!
Another thing that I absolutely love about Crouch’s writing is her ability to create characters who are relatable. Lyn Norris is a perfect example of this. Lyn is the nerdy bookworm type who is not quite comfortable with her weight or her desirability with the opposite sex. She is very unsure of herself especially around Heath who is the perfect man in her eyes. She is definitely not the standard cookie cutter heroine in most romance/romantic suspense books and to be honest it’s quite refreshing to see someone so real even if its in a fictional story.
The story moves at a pretty fast pace and it is gripping and intense. It also delves a little deeper into Project Crypt and the issues Heath has been facing with the gibberish inside of his head. The romance aspect of the story weaves itself with the pages and neither the suspense nor the romance overshadow the other. It definitely is the perfect balance.
I would just love to add that I would really love if Jenna (although appearing briefly in this story) has her own story in the near future with one of our hunky Linear Tactical heroes.
By now, it should be no secret that I am a huge fan of Janie Crouch and Shadow definitely lives up to all I have come to expect in the Linear Tactical series. I am really going to cry if and when this series ends (which I hope is never!)