by Kate SeRine
Series: Dark Alliance #2
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Romantic Suspense
As the only female initiate of the elite undercover society, the Dark Alliance, former FBI agent Madeleine Blake has a lot to prove—especially to her former lover, Alliance operative Jack Grayson. Ever since joining Jack’s team, Maddie’s been keeping her distance, trying not to relive every moment they shared during their brief but passionate affair. Yet when a mission ends in tragedy, Maddie’s ready to walk away from the Alliance—and Jack—forever. That is, until Jack’s cover is blown, putting his life in danger and making it impossible for Maddie to deny her true feelings…
Before he met Maddie, Jack Grayson thought happiness was impossible for a man like him. After all, he has a price on his head that requires him to live in the shadows, concealed from everyone and everything he cares about. But now that they’re on the run for their lives and Jack has Maddie in his arms again, he realizes their love is the only thing in his life that’s real. And this time, there’s no way in hell he’s letting it slip away…
CONCEALED by Kate SeRine is the second book in her romantic suspense series, Dark Alliance. SeRine delivered a second chance romance between two operatives within the Alliance all while taking us on an action packed mission. Fans of Karen Rose will love the depth, and non-stop action SeRine delivers in CONCEALED.
Jack Grayson an Alliance operative whom we met in DECEIVED, the first book in the Dark Alliance series and his team are in Mexico to retrieve a USB drive. With them is former FBI agent Madeleine Blake the first female to join the ranks of the Alliance. Jack and Madeleine share a history. A very passionate history until he left breaking her heart. The sexual tension and unresolved feelings between these two sizzles. I found myself anxious to hear their story.
CONCEALED delivers an intense, high body count, hold you breath suspense thread that carries through the entire Dark Alliance series. Each book contains a couple and a case that brings them closer to answers. I love this modern day spin on Templar and Illuminate. SeRine brings us secret societies, missions and buried treasure. We get different perspectives, including those of a power-hungry member of the Illuminate and enemies from Jack’s past.
I loved how intense the threads got, from plots to take out Jack, to half starved rats used as a torture technique. Eek! Information is power, and both sides are playing for a piece. A fantastic game of cat and mouse, good vs. evil and SeRine had me completely enthralled. While this will work as a standalone, I would personally recommend you read them in order. Not only is there an overall thread throughout them, but the friendships, players, and bonds all affect your sense of involvement.
Secondary characters consisting of the members of the Alliance, characters from their past and those of the Illuminati added humor, built up the suspense and shared the comradery between these brothers in arms. I love the techie on the team and so hope SeRine gives us his story.
I love a good second chance romance and the chemistry between Jack and Madeleine was HOT. Jack wants a second chance, but he is going to have come clean about why he ending things and trust that Maddy can handle it. These two made a great team in the field and in the bedroom. We were treated to passion, heat, and tender moments SeRine did this while keeping the suspense thread of this tale in the forefront.
CONCEALED provided a thrilling, action-packed suspense while bringing heat and heart to the table with its characters and romance.
Read an Excerpt
His brows came together. “Sorry?”
She opened her eyes at this and allowed her hands to smooth tenderly over his bare skin, over his shoulders, across his chest. “I want you, Jack,” she told him. “My God, I want you. But I don’t want to just fall back into bed with you. It’s far too easy to slide into our old pattern. It’s not fair to use you just to satisfy my libido.”
He caressed her cheek with the back of his fingers. “Really? That would be such a terrible thing?”
She shook her head. “No. It would be beautiful and thrilling and amazing—just like it was before. But, ultimately, heartbreaking. At least, that’s my fear. That seems to be our track record.”
“I can’t promise you that we’d live happily ever after, Maddie,” he admitted even as he realized that’s exactly what he wanted. He could easily picture them growing old together. And never once in his life had he thought of himself as a father, but when he looked at Maddie, he could imagine a future that included the kind of happiness he’d never dared to dream of. But that was his dream. He wasn’t sure if it was hers. And he sure as hell wasn’t going to allow himself to hope for anything beyond the moment.
As difficult as it was to leave the warmth of Maddie’s arms, Jack eased off of her and pulled on his shirt. He grabbed his laptop and turned back toward the bed to see Maddie still lying on her back, the heels of her palms pressed against her eyes. It pained him to leave her, but she clearly had reservations about going further, and he knew if he stayed, they’d be right back where they’d left off. And the thought of her regretting being with him was far more painful than the raging hard-on he was sporting.
He headed toward the bedroom door but paused. “I honestly don’t know what the future holds,” he told her. “But I know I will always want you, Maddie. Always.”
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