Title: Lethal Pursuit (Bagram Special Ops, #3)
Author: Kaylea Cross
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 16, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher, via NetGalley
Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.
Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now.
When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.
Intense, gripping and emotional. Those are the top three words that come to mind when describing how I felt about Lethal Pursuit by Kaylea Cross. I think this is the best book in the Bagram Special Ops Series. The highs and lows the characters go through, and the reader because of the fantastic writing by Kaylea, are incredible. I have read just about all of Kaylea’s books and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for another book set in the Middle East, however, Kaylea takes this one in a very different direction and it is done extremely well.
We follow Jackson and Maya in Lethal Pursuit. They are a very unique couple. Jackson grew up in Texas with his mother and three sisters, so he tends understand women more than most guys. He is alpha at the core but a protective one. Maya had a very difficult childhood which is the reason she is emotionally closed-off and weary of men. These two characters are very compelling to read about because you really feel for both of them and want them to be happy. They are not overly dramatic which I enjoyed immensely. Jackson learns that in order to win Maya over he has to let her take charge. It is refreshing to see a hero show patience and not run in to be the knight in shining armor.
The romance and suspense are very well balanced in this story. Kaylea knows when to put in the hot and passionate scenes and when it doesn’t make sense. Because of the properly placed scenes they tend to be so much more heartfelt and romantic in my opinion. In Lethal Pursuit, especially, the main scene near the end was a pivotal point in the plot and was done extremely well.
There are parts of Lethal Pursuit that just tore me up emotionally and I couldn’t hold back the tears. Other times I was crying because things happening were incredibly sweet. Lethal Pursuit was very hard to put down because I had to know what was going to happen next. Were they going to be rescued? Was Jackson finally going to win Maya’s heart? Never fear, though, because it all plays out in a very satisfying way and you feel comfortable closing the end of the book with a smile on your face. If you are looking for a riveting and highly emotional romantic suspense story, I highly recommend Lethal Pursuit.
Reviewed by: Amy R.