Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Deadly Strain (Biological Response Team #1) by Julie Rowe

Book coverDeadly Strain (Biological Response Team #1) by Julie Rowe
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

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Book one of Biological Response Team

Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob "Sharp" Foster.

Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak.

Sharp is Grace's most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can't watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain, the closer it gets to finding them.

Julie Rowe writes an adrenalin filled, action packed, heart thumping romantic suspense. Right from the first word, the action sequences in this story leap out of the page at you and keep you racing through to the end. Imagine yourself watching a blood pounding action movie like The Fast and The Furious, only this time you're reading it.

Everything about this story is driven by the action. It's non-stop as Sharp and Grace find themselves racing to stop a terrorist who has released a deadly biological weapon that can kill in hours.

Sharp is your typical alpha male. He's what puts the "special" in Special Forces. I love how tough and how protective he is of Grace, his sense of humor and kindness as he sees them through some truly horrific situations. If I found myself in such a situation, I'd definitely want sharp at my back.

Grace is amazing. She's brave and selfless. She's the kind of doctor who truly believes in the oath they take to save human lives. She puts herself at risk in order to protect the many and her selflessness is incredibly admirable. She's also smart, sassy and resilient as all get out. If I had to endure even half the things she had to, I'd have collapsed in a heap halfway through but then, I also do not have the training and the back up she's had.

This is a great story. There's not a lot of romance in it and I appreciate the fact that Ms Rowe didn't stop for them to have sex while they had bullets flying over their heads. There were a few stolen moments but those were short, sharp and shiny. It hinted at things to come without getting in the way of the story.

This is the start of a great series. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Also, find out why Julie Rowe is one of my favorite new authors for 2015 and the Biological Response Team made my favorite new series of 2015.

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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  1. Hmm - I might have to check this one out the next time I need an adrenaline rush. Sounds like they may remind me of the AD Starrling books I liked so much.

    1. This series is brilliant. It made my favorite new series and favorite new author lists for 2015.