Black Ops, Inc. is an all-time favorite series, and the first book in One-Eyed Jacks repeatedly equaled my reading please time and again. The story lines Cindy Gerard creates for her courageous heroes and spirited heroines are always inventive, and KILLING TIME is constantly original in every aspect.
There are several reasons Mike Brown lets alcohol cloud his senses every year on the same date, but one of the main motives of this ex-Navy pilot is because of the men who died in Operation Slam Dunk. He was one of three soldiers who lived, and what happened afterward changed everything in his life. He now lives in Lima, Peru running a charter service, and he manages to get wasted at a local cantina on the latest anniversary. Previously, he only got drunk but it appears he might get lucky when a gorgeous woman seems like the perfect hook-up for the night. Shortly after he speaks to her, Mike realizes she is not the person he believes her to be and finds himself at the mercy of a very single-mined female.
When the first words spoken by the woman are to inquire about what occurred during the failed mission, Mike is confused as nobody should be aware of this operation. Eva Salinas has worked some difficult cases as a CIA attorney, but none mean more to her than personally solving the mystery concerning information secretly given to her. She is conducting this inquisition on her own, and thinks Mike knows something about the mission that took the life of someone dear to her. As she tries to decide whether he is being truthful or not, it also becomes clear there are those who want to keep the facts from ever being revealed. What Mike and Eva have been through draws them together, but soon feelings grow and cannot be attributed to the goal both are after.
Cindy Gerard has certainly assembled a fascinating group of males for her One-Eyed Jacks series, and KILLING TIME delves into a tragedy that still deeply affects one of these former soldiers. There is just something so special about a man who can think quickly and get himself out of a threatening situation with brawn plus cleverness, and Mike is definitely someone whom I would want by my side if things went wrong. A quick thinker, he also uses humor to diffuse the intensity of an incident, thus keeping the moment from hopefully becoming too overwhelming. Some of his comments are down-right hilarious, and I laughed even when things looked grim. However, Mike does have a serious side fueled by earnest emotions, and I was profoundly touched by his sincerity during scenes where he showed genuinely honest responses. Eva is also gutsy and can hold her own when the need arises. Yet she feels compassion if it is warranted and really listens before making any hasty decisions. Watching Mike and Eva work together is often entertaining, as they played off the other so well. There were so many instances in the story where I just had to smile because of the way they reacted or a remark made. What happens right after their first meeting is powerfully conveyed through their actions and especially his inner thoughts, and the barely contained passionate atmosphere continuously surrounds them from then on. When Mike and Eva give in to the desire that is too potent to disregard, the encounter is explosively fiery. The danger in their lives is very real, and what happens to them is frighteningly true-to-life. The peek given into the lives of the men who will be featured in upcoming books has me wanting their stories right now. Cindy Gerard always brings realism into her compelling novels, and the One-Eyed Jacks series is one of her most gripping ever. KILLING TIME is enthralling with suspenseful believability and intriguing characters.
Page Count: 402
Price: $ 7.99
Reviewer: Amelia Richard
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Star Rating: 5 Stars
Author's Website: http://www.cindygerard.com/