Lethal Game by Julie Rowe
Biological Response Team #2
Captain Sophia Perry might be young but she’s one of the best in the field when it comes to identifying diseases. But that youth often means others don’t take her seriously, which is exactly what she expects from her new partner/bodyguard Sergeant Connor Button. So she’s surprised when he appears to respect her intelligence and even offers to teach her some self-defense. Ever since his special forces team was killed, Connor has been on a mission to get revenge and he doesn’t really care what happens to himself in the process. But spending time around Sophia has given him a new appreciation for life and he’ll do anything to keep her safe.
Lethal Game was a great romantic suspense focused on stopping a madman determined to set off a deadly biological weapon. We met this villain in the previous book, Deadly Strain, but he hasn’t been caught yet and now he’s focused on a different virus to manipulate. Not only is he working on a weapon but he’s also attempting to kidnap Sophia for her expertise. On top of that, an outbreak in a Syrian refugee camp sends Sophia and Conner on a mission shortly after meeting. All of these things combine to make a great action packed romance that had me itching to find out what was going to happen next.
I am a big fan of nerdy characters in books so I enjoyed Sophia quite a bit. She’s incredibly smart and finished school at an early age. She also had childhood leukemia and this means she never really got the normal teenage experience. Between her illness and her intelligence, Sophia doesn’t have the best people skills and she’s pretty blunt which is certainly entertaining. That also means that when she finds herself attracted to Connor she realizes this might be her opportunity to experience something else she’s missed out on – losing her virginity.
“He never really understood how smart could be sexy until Sophia.”
Connor has never met a woman like Sophia and he’s immediately intrigued by her but he took this job with another agenda in mind. As Connor gets to know Sophia and comes to admire her skills and determination he realizes that maybe he does have something to live for. Compared to the last book, I felt like the reader had more time to get to know Sophia and Connor before the really crazy action started so that was nice. I also liked that the intimate part of their relationship developed a little slower and allowed them time to really get to know each other and learn to trust. Connor is the quintessential protector and though Sophia sometimes makes it hard on him, they work together as a team pretty well.
I also really enjoyed seeing Smoke again and I can’t wait to get to his book because I can tell he’s the epitome of the phrase still waters run deep.
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Bodyguard | Illness | Military | Nerdy | Scientist | Trauma | Virgin
Character with PTSD and suicide by revenge plans
As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.
Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.
With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.
Published by Carina Press on October 12, 2015
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