Danger happens immediately in the latest To Protect and Serve story, and the peril only intensifies with each new threat. The baby of an injured naval employee is missing, and NCIS is working the case. When the sister of the woman insists on being included in the investigation, agent Derrick Gunn thinks she will only be a hindrance. But Emma St. John proves her worth time and again, and this causes admiration which leads to unexpected feelings. When circumstances turn perilous, keeping each other alive becomes almost as important as finding the child. THE AGENT’S COVERT AFFAIR has risk-filled adventures and an emotional romance. Karen Anders does not disappoint when it comes to romantic suspense, as situations are realistic while characters are engaging.
Though Derrick Gunn has been on a NCIS team for three years, he still likes to work on his own since that is how he previously operated with another government agency. But when a JAG lawyer is seriously hurt and her young child is taken, he reluctantly agrees to let the woman’s sister assist in order to learn what happened because time is crucial. Emma St. John is a private investigator, and Derrick quickly learns she is very capable when it comes to tracking down evidence plus taking care of herself.
Any time he is on a case, Derrick never lets it become personal. Yet being around Emma plus trying to locate her nephew has him feeling emotions that should not surface. When facts seem to point toward a large drug cartel being involved in the baby’s disappearance, Derrick and Emma must fight the strong attraction between them while preparing to battle ruthless men who do not like to lose.
The threats in THE AGENT’S COVERT AFFAIR grabbed me from the start, and my apprehension over what would take place next kept increasing because so much is uncertain. At the start of the book, whoever is behind the abduction is not known, and even when the culprit is learned, there are still facts to uncover. As the risks escalate and physical harm is a definite possibility, Derrick and Emma find themselves bonding with each other, something they rarely do because past experiences have made them not work well with others. Insight into the reason for each of their reactions let me come to understand what currently motivated them, like seeking justice for those who have been wronged. Though they try to resist the pull between them, the desire they feel can be overwhelming.
Suspenseful situations can occur at any time without warning. One of the reasons I enjoy the To Protect and Serve stories so much is that I never know what will happen or to whom. There are plenty of characters with bad intentions in this book, and I certainly enjoyed seeing if the good guys would win or fail when they tangled with someone who had an opposite goal. Although the story is part of a miniseries, the book stands alone since the case is not connected to any prior plots.
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Series: To Protect and Serve
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: October 1, 2017
Author website: http://www.karenanders.com/
Rating: 4 Stars