Series: Black Ops Inc. #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Pocket Star on 21 October 2008
Take No Prisoners is what I have come to regard as typical Gerard fare – hot romance, fast pace, exotic locations and good guys who succeed against the odds. Sam Lang quit the Black Ops business when his sister was murdered and has settled down on the family ranch, helping take care of his niece. It’s hard to keep a good man down though and when Reed approaches him with a line on the big baddie, Nadar, who was responsible for devastating his family, Sam finds himself drawn back in the game.
Sam wants to make Nadar pay. To get to Nadar they need one of Nadar’s low level mules, Cory, and the only way to find him is through Cory’s sister, Abbie. Still with me? Sam seduces Abbie to find out her secrets but the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to doubt her involvement. When Abbie is sent a ransom email demanding the diamonds for her brother, she must work together with the man that was willing to throw her away like a used tissue. Sam and Abbie head to Honduras to find the brother, bring down the bad guy and deal with their chemistry.
I really liked Abbie, Vegas blackjack dealer extraordinaire. Rather than falling to pieces, she gets creative when she realises Sam has boxed her in and her brother is in danger. In one fairly simple but smart move she goes from having the weakest hand to the strongest. Woe betide anyone that underestimates her. Her love for her brother shines through and her loyalty cannot be swayed or bought. Sam may have done her wrong at the start but he wants his revenge so badly. He fairly quickly begins to feel guilty and works hard at trying to make it up to Abbie. The camaraderie between Sam and the other BOIs is strong and the banter between them provides a little light relief.
The romance plays second fiddle to the action but the pace is so fast, it doesn’t matter. The couple have time for sex and clearly want more but they don’t really have time to effectively shore up their relationship in this novel – a little challenging given the bullets flying around all over the place. Given Gerard’s tendency to ‘catch-up’ with previous H/h, I suspect we haven’t seen the last of this couple.
Take No Prisoners is full of action, suspense, romance and set in a pretty cool location. I still can’t tell some of the BOI apart as they haven’t had much page time, but I’m looking forward to seeing how they are brought to life in future novels.