It’s been six months.
Six months since Jake Madsen let Chris Robertson die.
Six months since the passion between Jake and Cassie, Chris’ sister, stepped over the line.
But now Cassie’s being stalked and it’s time for Jake to swallow his guilt, grief, and lust so he can save her life, even if it’s a life without him. He owes it to his dead friend and he owes it to Cassie. He’s fallen in love with her, but she doesn’t have to know that for him to keep her safe.
Why I Read this Book: Romantic suspense is my go-to genre. I love it and can’t get enough.
What I Liked: The prologue really cemented the bond between Cassie, Chris, and Jake for me. From just that prologue, I grew emotionally attached to Chris. I mourned his death right along with Cassie, Jake, and Colton. And fans of the friends-since-childhood-turned-lovers trope will love watching the romance between Cassie and Jake blossom.
Cassie is a unique heroine. She turned her childhood passion for war games into a career. She’s a militant expert on war tactics and strategies and teaches a college-level course on the subject matter. She has also served as a militant consultant for a video game. This gives her an edge and set her apart from the normal everyday heroines.
Instead of telling the reader about an event or incident that took place, the author takes the reader there, back in the moment when it happened, with flashbacks. And these flashbacks are easily distinguishable from the present day happenings, which is important.
Just when I would think I had something figured out, there would be a turn of events that would prove me wrong. But I did have one assumption (a hunch really) about 75% into the book, which I quickly dismissed but turned out to be right. My notes actually say “Could it be [insert villain’s name here]? Nah.” The author definitely kept me on my toes with clever plot twists that I didn’t see coming.
What I Didn’t Like: I was surprised that none of the characters made the connection between the trinket Cassie received shortly after Chris’ death to the stalker. There was evidence to the connection that slipped right past them.
There was one scene where a security code was needed and too easily found. It felt too convenient for the characters.
Memorable Moment: The bathtub scene. Cassie’s injuries prevent her from being able to do certain tasks on her own so she asks Jake for assistance.
“Jake, relax. It’s just me, the girl you used to tie to the tree and abandon when we were little.”
“Can we not talk about bondage when you’re standing there looking so gorgeous in just your underwear and about to get naked?”
Overall Impression: Operation: Endgame is a balanced blend of romance, suspense, and mystery. I didn’t want to put this book down! I’m ready for more and can’t wait until January 2013 when Operation: Endeavor, book two in this series, releases.