Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: Lethal Game (Biological Response Team #2) by Julie Rowe

Book coverLethal Game (Biological Response Team #2) by Julie Rowe
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Book two of Biological Response Team
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.

I need to confess. I'm seriously addicted to Julie Rowe's Biological Response Team series. I love all her characters and her stories. This one is no exception. Julie Rowe writes a story that is current, believable and perhaps a little too real. It's quite possible the men and women who enlist to serve face some of these situations we read here but never know about. Things the military don't publicise likely to maintain public safety. There's probably a lot of art imitating life here, or perhaps it's life imitating art? Who knows with this top secret stuff!

I adore Connor. He's a hero with a death wish. I've never read a hero with a death wish before and it was very interesting. Aside from the death wish though, Connor is intelligent. You'd have to be to speak the number of languages he have all the skills he does, but that's not all. He's also emotionally intelligent. When he encounters a prickly Sophia who is determined to get rid of him, he sets about learning about her and her work, and in doing so wins her over with his smarts. Connor is a great hero. He doesn't look at Sophia like she's a handicap or a pretty face but as the smart, dedicated doctor she is. He looks at how he can help her with her weaknesses and also learning enough about what she does to help rather than get in the way. He is the perfect partner. He also has a noble streak a mile wide. You can tell from the way he cares for Sophia and protects her, from harm and from himself when he thinks he was nothing to give.

Sophia was a wonderful heroine. I started off not liking her much because she was stand-offish and had loads of attitude but once you got past it, she's smart, she's funny and she's so incredibly direct and honest, it's intensely refreshing. I loved her brain, and so did Connor, by the way. :-) I love a man who loves a woman for her brain.

With Connor and Sophia, where both of them feel they have a definite use-by date and have no reason to live, it was wonderful to see them learn about each other, lean on each other and finally give each other a reason to live, to become the reason for one another. It was beautiful.

This story was once again, one heck of an adrenalin ride. A little less intense and action oriented than Deadly Strain but still very much a go-go-go story. Julie Rowe's stories remind me of another action-thriller writer, Matthew Reilly, whose writing style reminds me of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie - all adrenalin and action. I've never read another romantic suspense author who provides such non-stop action before. Invigorating stuff.

I can't wait for the next book. I sincerely hope this is an ongoing series which isn't going to end anytime soon.

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About the author

jsJulie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.

In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.

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