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Operation Alpha (Cutter's Code Book 8) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Justine Davis lives on Puget Sound in Washington State, watching big ships and the occasional submarine go by, and sharing the neighborhood with assorted wildlife, including a pair of bald eagles, deer, a bear or two, and a tailless raccoon. In the few hours when she's not planning, plotting, or writing her next book, her favorite things are photography, knitting her way through a huge yarn stash, and driving her restored 1967 Corvette roadster―top down, of course.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01MYGMOU3
- Publisher : Mills & Boon Romantic Suspense (1 March 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 624 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 230 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 86,571 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately this one was like Book 2 of this series, it just wasn't up to the benchmark standard set by Book 1, 'Operation Midnight'.
I found myself wanting to put it down from a very early stage in the book (kindle) and impatient with its repetitive cliched responses to Liam's so-called angst. Cutter wasn't even believable in this story. C'mon Justine, you're a much better writer than this book demonstrates. I'm hoping 'Operation Notorious', due in Dec 2017 (Will it be the final of the series and will it be Rafer's story, finally?!) returns to the writer's usually much higher quality of writing.
The girl who was the inspiration for the start of the Foxworth Foundation, went to them to ask for help for a friend. Emily was now sixteen, and she was worried about a classmate, Dylan, who recently lost his mother. Emily came with one of her teachers (Ria), who didn't expect them to help since this was not the type of thing Foxworth typically took on. No one seemed to be able to get through to this boy, so Liam was sent to the school to offer martial arts classes to the students. Since that was an interest of Dylan's, it was the perfect way to get closer to him. As Dylan became more comfortable around Liam, it was easy for Liam to see that Dylan was stressed by what was going on.
Liam and Ria are both attracted. Ria had been burned in the past, but she couldn't ignore how drawn she was to Liam. Whenever she looked at him, her imagination went wild. The effect on Liam was the same. Since they had to work together to get to the bottom of Dylan's problem, they had lots of time to get to know each other. It was sad that Liam was sure that he was jinxed when it came to love and fought his feelings for Ria. I liked how Ria was able to get him to open up to her. It was wonderful that she understood how he felt and gave him another point of view. After giving in to what was growing between them, he was terrified for Ria when she was in danger. Liam quickly got himself under control and focused on tracking the missing people.
I enjoyed this suspense and never suspected the villain. The final confrontation was terrifying, and I felt so sorry for Dylan's younger brother, Kevin. I loved Ria's trust that Liam would find them, as well as her efforts to help. The dog, Cutter, was great in this story. Matchmaking and all.
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His story takes us into his history that has only been hinted at in previous books. His casual attitude is his mechanism for dealing with his dark past. We've seen in a book or two his competitiveness with Ty, the Foxworth tech guru. We know Quinn brought him to the foundation to work after he hacked into their unhackable system. We also know Liam is an excellent tracker, second only to the dog.
Ria Connelly becomes involved with the Foundation because a student of hers (someone very important from Quinn's past) has great concern for another of her students. A young boy of 16 who hasn't been himself since his mother passed away months ago. No one seems to be able to get through to this boy, so Quinn sends Liam back to school. Liam's reaction to this was priceless (he thought he might be getting sent back as a student due to how young he looks). Instead, he is sent to offer martial arts classes to the students ... something Dylan (the young boy) has shown an interest in in the past.
Ria, as the teacher who gets him and his class approved by the head administrator, wants to keep being included in the case. Liam would rather just do the job and steer clear of her since she's making him feel things he's sworn off for years. He knows Cutter's track record for not only solving cases, but throwing couples together. Whenever he sees Cutter working THOSE lines, he warns the dog it isn't happening this time. Cutter isn't quite as involved in the match making in this book as the previous.
Ria's attraction to Liam was instantaneous. From the moment she saw him shirtless after playing with Cutter as she and Emily arrived at the foundation. As per a typical romance novel, both parties cover their feelings and believe what they feel is one sided.
When Liam FINALLY opens up about his past with Ria feeling she's going to hate him. That that is the way for her to decide for herself that she doesn't want to be attracted to a killer (his words). She surprises him with going through everything he's told her and pointing out how each of the deaths he's taking accountability for (women from his past) are really not his fault at all.
The story was pretty predictable as to why Dylan was acting out since his mother died. The reason however was a bit of a surprise. Of course, all of it comes together in a hurry at the end with all those who know Liam seeing him not as his happy go lucky self. Especially when something happens to Ria and he feels his "jinx" is going to kill yet another woman he cares for. It takes Quinn reminding him they need his expertise as a tracker to find her. Once Liam gets his head back in the game (mission), he, Cutter, Quinn and Teague work together to find Ria and end his curse.
Though I don't see more books in this series, I'm certain more are coming. There's been a mystery woven into all of these books that hasn't been resolved and a few characters within the foundation who haven't had their story just yet. The mysterious Charlie would certainly have an interesting story should one be written for her. My guess is Rafe Crawford's story would be what wraps up that mystery since he is so heavily involved in it throughout all the books.