Monday, October 21, 2013

Bulletproof by Regan Black: Spotlight and Review


A soldier is nothing without his honor.

To avoid a dishonorable end to his decorated military career, John Noble made a deal with the devil. He gave up his name, endured harrowing training, and accepted every mission thrown at him for one purpose: redemption.

When he accepts his latest orders, providing personal security for a reporter in trouble, he bargains hard to guarantee it will be his last job for the shadow agency he knows only Unknown Identities.

An ambitious reporter, Amelia Bennett, is about to break the story of her career, if she lives long enough to tell it. Caving to her boss's demand, she hires a bodyguard and soon it is obvious John Noble is the only obstacle standing between her and certain death.

Just when John believes he has found someone he can trust and love, who loves him unconditionally for who and what he has become, his orders are amended: Amelia Bennett is to be terminated.

Introducing Unknown Identities (UI): an alternative for elite soldiers and spies facing criminal charges... if they can survive the program. Don't miss Double Vision, the next installment of this sizzling, action packed series.



4 Stars

John Noble reluctantly becomes the bodyguard of Amelia Bennett, a scrappy reporter with an overdeveloped sense of righteous indignation when she latches onto the scent of subterfuge and wrongd0ing. She is unstoppable on her mission to reveal the dirty shenanigans and misdeeds of a powerful group who will go to any lengths to protect themselves from the unwanted scrutiny.

Amelia is doggedly determined to follow her leads, meeting with shady contacts at unsavory locations in pursuit of her scoop. She has little sense of how vulnerable to attack she skates in her overriding drive to uncover the truth and reveal the ugliness of deeply embedded corruption and greed.   She grudgingly adjusts to John’s presence but is frustrated almost to distraction by his closed-mouth reticence about his past.

Soon, however, John and Amelia’s paths converge, overlapping with surprising consequences both find difficult to accept.  With danger around every turn, they have little choice but to draw strength from each other and an unwelcome tenderness, then love develops between the pair.

I loved the action sequences and the witty discourses.  I got extremely aggravated at Amelia for her persistent needling and inadvertent poking at John’s mental and physical scars.  She rarely let up with her interrogations and sneaky investigations into his past, and that irritated me to no end. The woman has no concept of personal boundaries! I frequently felt sorry for John, and thought his restraint when dealing with her overbearing personality uncommonly admirable.  I often thought Amelia’s actions were foolhardy, but I did respect and was somewhat in awe of her overwhelming need to expose the underbelly of the hidden, corrupt political cabal.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

As a USA Today bestselling author of award-winning paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and urban fantasy adventures I love to write action-packed stories with a paranormal twist! I'm also a coffee addict, domestic zookeeper, wife, and proud mother of two. Look for the Shadows of Justice series, The Matchmaker series, and coming soon: Bulletproof, first in the Unknown Identities series.

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