Smoke and Shadows by Victoria Paige

Smoke and Shadows by Victoria Paigefive-stars

Smoke and Shadows by Victoria Paige
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Series: Guardians #3
Also in this Series: Fire and Ice, Beneath the Fire, Fire and Ice: An Extended Epilogue, Silver Fire, Silver Fire: An Extended Epilogue, Smoke and Shadows: An Extended Epilogue
Also by this Author: Fire and Ice, Beneath the Fire, Fire and Ice: An Extended Epilogue, Silver Fire, Silver Fire: An Extended Epilogue, Smoke and Shadows: An Extended Epilogue, It's Always Been You, Always Been Mine, A Love for Always, Deadly Obsession
Published by Self-Published on March 5, 2014
Genres: Military, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 285

Heat Rating: five-flames

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Synopsis

When someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target of an assassin, he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy is cunning and avoids the trappings of the digital web, preferring to strike out from the shadows. Drawing on old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to investigate the enemy’s hatred for the Guardians, he uncovers a link to a past he is reluctant to revisit.

Eight years ago, Marissa Cole walked away from the man she loved. New to CIA black ops then, she was overwhelmed by the intensity of the man who would stop at nothing, no matter how ruthless, to get the job done. "Don’t get involved with the person you work with" has become her motto ever since—until a series of events throws her back into Viktor Baran’s world.

Danger and mayhem are the perfect formula to reignite their passion, and Viktor has decided he's done fighting his attraction to Marissa. He is determined to make her his. However, their road to a happily ever after is a bumpy one. Years on the job have stripped Viktor of his humanity, and unless he can break down his walls enough to let Marissa into his heart, he could lose her again.

Friendships will be broken. Beliefs will be shaken, and their relationship will be tested. For the stakes are too high, and there is a growing threat, not only to AGS, but also to every government agency critical to the country's safety.

Is targeting the Guardians merely a distraction or is it the first step to a terrorist attack on the nation's capital?

* Strong sexual content and language. Some disturbing situations. Recommended 18-years old and above.

My Review

Second chance for the hot alpha male and the very-rare alpha female makes sparks!

This is my second read of this second-chance romantic suspense novel, and this time I read it out loud to my hubby. This book is by far my favorite of the Guardians series because, well…VIKTOR. He is tall, stubborn, insanely good looking, stubborn, set in his ways, stubborn, and a blond hero, which isn’t found much these days. Marissa is equally stubborn and still hurting from her first chance with Viktor eight years ago. Mix these two with explosive action, other favorite Guardians series characters, and steamy, hot sex, and you get a fantastic, thrilling suspense story with a healthy, heaping serving of romantica.

I’m so sad hubby and I are nearing the end of our adventure through the Guardians series. There’s an extended epilogue for Smoke and Shadows which is up next for us, but is only four chapters. Sigh. I’m going to miss these characters HARD. After that, we’ll be diving into the other three books in the Victoria Paige library, and we’ll come back again when she writes something new. 🙂 Keep writing, Vee, and we’ll keep on reading!

five-stars

About Victoria Paige

I work as a freelance database administrator, and when I’m not geeking out, I write romantic suspense novels. I live in Richmond, Va–less than two hours away from Washington DC–so most of the settings of my books are in the nation’s capital–of course, I’m not averse to creating fictional towns and cities. 😉

When I’m not arguing with the alpha male characters in my head, I love to watch high-octane action movies. I think Jack Bauer is the shit, which is why most of my characters are such badasses bent on saving the world from evil doers.

I love reading adult contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, romantic suspense, and a few new adult fiction as well as military non-fiction.

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