Covert Games by Katie Reus
Series: Redemption Harbor #6
Also in this series: Resurrection, Savage Rising, Innocent Target
Published by KR Press on January 22, 2019
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She was supposed to be a means to an end…
Redemption Harbor Consulting’s greatest enemy, Alexei Kuznetsov, is in their sights. For RHC cofounder Leighton, toppling the treacherous criminal’s empire is one more small step toward making up for his own past. To destroy Kuznetsov, he’ll go through the Russian’s niece, a woman Leighton suspects may also be guilty of dirty deeds. A woman he doesn’t count on wanting…who boils his blood and makes Leighton want things he doesn’t deserve with someone he can’t have.
Now she’s everything to him…
Despite other prospects, family loyalty has Lucy Carreras running one of her uncle’s prosperous hotels. But the longer she observes its operations, the more she believes the elegant establishment is host to some shady exploits. When her suspicions are confirmed by Leighton—a dangerous man straight out of her fantasies—Lucy’s entire world explodes when she learns just how evil her uncle’s sins are. Now she can’t stand by and let it continue. She and Leighton will take Alexei down together…if they can survive the deadly storm hurtling toward them.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to write this review since 2018 sadly ended with a thud. I found myself in a bit of a rut and turned to comfort reads to snap me out of it. Unfortunately, even that didn’t work at first. Then I snagged Covert Games, the next book in the Redemption Harbor Series. This series usually provides me the action I need with a good dose of romance. The last book wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be but was still a decent read, so I crossed my fingers and dove in.
The suspense started right away when Hazel, our favorite FBI agent, visited Leighton with a request. A young woman needed saving from a trafficking ring and she couldn’t help her because of an active investigation. This is the kind of plot I love but making things even more interesting was the head of this trafficking ring is none other than Kuznetsov, the Russian kingpin the Redemption Harbor crew has tangled with before.
This was a tricky operation since the Redemption Harbor crew had a shaky truce with this guy. If he found out they were working against him, it could be devastating for the group. But they couldn’t stand by and let innocent women be trafficked, so they dove right in.
Leighton was the only one who could go in undercover. This worked out perfectly since the bad guy’s niece, Lucy, pushed all his buttons in a good way and although she had great business sense, she was clueless to what her evil uncle was up to. And maybe I should italicize the word clueless because he was running a sex trafficking operation through her hotel and she never noticed (insert eye roll here).
But, since the rest of the story was working for me, I pushed it aside and kept on reading. A good call because it was such a good read. There was a lot of action with the whole crew involved which was fun—especially when Skye came onto the page. She not only can take care of business, she cracks me up while she’s doing it.
As much as I loved time spent with the whole crew, I think Leighton got short-changed a bit. I learned a lot about Lucy and I really liked her, but I felt like we only hit the surface of everything Leighton could have been. Granted, it was all good, but I wanted more.
Other than a couple of obvious situations that skirted TSTL, I thoroughly enjoyed Covert Games. It had the action and suspense I crave with the sexiness I adore, and humor to keep things even more interesting.
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