Alpha One by Cynthia Eden (Shadow Agents #1)

Alpha One by Cynthia EdenAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

“Julie’s missing. You have to get her back.”The minute he got the message, undercover agent Logan Quinn sprang into action. Getting Juliana James out of Mexico alive was the Elite Ops covert agent’s only priority. But once the senator’s daughter was safely back in their Mississippi hometown, Logan had a new mission: to get another chance with the woman he couldn’t lose again.

Juliana had never forgotten the day, ten years ago, when Logan left her heart in pieces. Now he was back in her life, sworn to protect her from the ruthless weapons dealer who wanted her dead. As passion blindsided her—and she was once again thrust into danger—Julie realized how much she’d risk for one more day in Logan’s arms.

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Cynthia Eden continues her winning streak in my book with Alpha One, a new series built within the popular Harlequin Intrigue line.  These are a bit shorter then her other books but no less as filling.

Juliana has been kidnapped as collateral to get her shifty senator father to cooperate with one of the most feared weapons dealers on the planet and hand over evidence he had planned to use in his favor. Julie’s father calls the only person he knows will stop at nothing to bring her safely back, Logan, the man who broke her heart. Logan now runs an elite group of covert ops agents who are trained in extraction and specialize in killing. Logan always knew he wasn’t good enough for Julie and his dark secrets about his past make him unable to be completely truthful with her. His guilty conscience eats at him and he was constantly beating himself up for things he never had control of to begin with. Why do alpha males always have to take responsibility for everything? I liked Julie simply because she seemed…real. Her reactions felt honest and her emotions heartfelt.

Alpha One’s villain, weapons dealer, Diego was a complex man. I enjoyed how Eden gave him two personalities and made him seem human, while still being horrible. I could almost believe how his upbringing had shaped his personality against his will and made him into the killer he was. At times he seemed like he wanted to be a better man and yet couldn’t bring himself to change. As if the idea of change scared him. He fell into a grey area where I felt bad for him and I wished he was capable of becoming better and not falling back on his upbringing and using it as an excuse.

The chemistry between Logan and Julie is remarkably hot and coupled with the constant action it really sets itself apart from some of the other romantic suspense I’ve read lately. As they fought their attraction to each other, for different reasons, I wanted to root for them to find happiness. Julie makes a nice transition from being defenseless to finding courage when it’s most needed and not ending up the damsel in distress. I also love when a hero’s control finally snaps, usually in relation to distress on the heroine. When the rigidly controlled male sees red and goes charging…Cynthia Eden excels at these scenes that are wrought with high stakes tension and Alpha One is no exception! Logan at times can appear icily calm, but the depth of his emotion was shockingly deep. I adored him.

Those readers who have read her other books will find this one a bit toned down per Harlequin’s guidelines but honestly it didn’t phase me at all. Not only did I become invested in these main characters but Eden also weaves the threads for future books in as well making a reader want to know more from the secondary characters. I can’t decide which story I want more Gunner/Sydney or Jasper…sigh….I want them ALL lol. Alpha One is sure to please Harlequin and all romantic suspense lovers!

I give Alpha One by Cynthia Eden 4.25 stars! 

 

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