Killing Time by Cindy Gerard (One Eyed Jacks #1)

Killing Time by Cindy GerardAvailable: Jan 22 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense 

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki 

An exciting new series featuring Mike “Primetown” Brown, a character from her popular “Black Ops, Inc.” series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different–until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan. CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike’s team–which included her husband–in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she’s determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn’t trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can’t live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

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Cindy Gerard hits it out of the park….again….with the first in her spinoff series, The One-Eyed Jacks! I really enjoyed this one, and really I can’t say I’ve ever not enjoyed Gerard’s work.

Killing Time brings secondary character, Mike Brown, from Gerard’s Black Ops Inc series, front and center in his own book of redemption, guilt and love. Brown has lived with the loss of nearly his entire military team for seven years. After a standard mission went horribly wrong Brown took the fall and left the military for good. He lives a solitary life until one night a Latin vixen shows up in the bar he’s drowning his guilt in alcohol.

Eva knows all about that horrible night because her husband was one of the casualties. When a mysterious file containing more questions then answers shows up on her desk at the CIA, Eva knows she needs to get to the bottom of what happened that night. Setting up Brown in a bar south of the border wasn’t nearly as hard as she thought it’d be. Now she’s got him right where she wants him…tied to a cheap motel bed.

Though she doesn’t trust Brown at all, I admired Eva’s tenacity and ability to stick with him through everything. Once they have a common foe to fight, Eva lets down her guard a bit and the sexual tension goes through the roof. Gerard excels in combining that tension with excellent military (black ops) suspense. Eva’s drive to avenge her husbands death keeps her going even in the face of personal danger to herself. Though Brown knows many things about her husband that she doesn’t, in order to protect her he tries his best not to let his contempt for the man show while they look for answers to what went wrong that night in Afghanistan. Eva is no shrinking heroine she gives as good as she gets and I enjoy reading about strong women who can take care of themselves.

Mike feels such guilt over the loss of his team and has spent the years after trying to ignore the pain. He craves redemption and forgiveness from the other two surviving members of his team who assumed the worst about him. His guilt also stops him from acting on his attraction to Eva who claims to still be mourning the loss of her newlywed husband. When they decide to go undercover in a anti-government compound with players who are intent on destroying more then just the American spirit, both Eva and Mike will have  trust each other more then they’ve trusted anyone before.

While there isn’t anything “new” about Killing Time, I enjoyed it nevertheless. It’s engaging and had me invested in the characters and their stories right from the beginning. As the first in a series it gave plenty of information on coming characters without everything feeling like a information dump. Killing Time has plenty of action and hot scenes that should keep readers happy from beginning to end. Gerard keeps me coming back for more!

I give Killing Time by Cindy Gerard 4 stars! 

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