Guest Reviewed by Ami
Author: Rebecca York
Series: Rockfort Security #2
Heroes: Shane Gallagher/Elena Reyes
Genre: M/F Romantic Suspense
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Available at: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: To Trust…
Rockfort Security operative Shane Gallagher has been brought into S&D Systems to find a security leak. Confidential information has been stolen, and Shane suspects Elena Reyes, a systems analyst with the access and know-how to pull it off. As he finds excuses to get close to her, their attraction is too strong to ignore, but how can Shane trust the very woman he’s investigating?
Or Not to Trust
Elena has spent her life proving herself, but now she’s risking it all: everything she’s worked for, and her growing feelings for Shane. Much as she wants to trust the devastatingly sexy, hard-as-nails investigator, she can’t let herself fall for him…the stakes are too high.
Betrayed is the second installment in a series called Rockfort Security – a romantic suspense featuring the operatives of a security company. In terms of action, this book offered a lot of it. Right from the beginning, readers were given an action scene that involved a hostage situation, and the hero, Shane Gallagher, smashed through a window to save everyone. Then, after the heroine, Elena, was forced to steal an item from S&D system and ran to Shane’s arms because she had a conflict of conscience, scenes after scenes of action were presented – there were guns blazing, bombs exploding, helicopters flying, and dead-bodies counting.
If that was what you wanted from a romantic suspense – well, you got that enough. It kept the pace moving, and I didn’t experience a time where I wanted to skim the pages.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t very much of a “suspense”. Ms. York provided multiple point-of-views, including from the big-bad-guy behind the attempt to catch Shane and Elena. So there wasn’t any ‘surprise’ waiting at the end of the book. Well, there was a ‘reason’ revealed why the item was important, but it wasn’t shocking. In fact, the final showdown felt anticlimactic.
In addition, these characters seemed to be two-dimensional – Elena was portrayed as an IT employee (who’s supposed to be smart, I take it, but it didn’t really show on the pages) with good morals, and apparently, a virgin(!), while Shane was an Alpha operative who got burned in the past (yawn!), who seemed good on running away from the bad guys but not so good on planning. There wasn’t enough character-driven development that made me feel connected to them – and suddenly I had to believe that they were in love? Cue eye roll. The romance was hasty, uninspiring, and definitely failed to impress me.
So in the end, this story was like one of those action-type Hollywood movies that were big on action but little on substance. It is okay to watch those once in a while as something to pass the time, right? But whether that matches what you are looking for in a book, I will leave it up to you.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*