Thursday, 25 June 2015

Spotlight & Review: Easy Target by Kay Thomas


Easy Target
Elite Ops # 3
By: Kay Thomas
Releasing June 9, 2015
Avon Impulse



Easy Target

Elite Obs Novels


AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men who will do anything for their country…and their women.

Fighting to clear her brother of murder, freelance reporter Sassy Smith is suddenly kidnapped and thrown into a truck with other women who are about to be sold…or worse. When she sees an opportunity for escape Sassy takes it, but she may have just jumped from the frying pan into the fire.

Former Marine Bryan Fisher (aka Hollywood) is no stranger to dangerous situations, or to his best friend’s little sister. When he rescues Sassy, Bryan is determined to keep her safe…if he can keep his hands off of her. Because Sassy is all grown up and not at all like the girl he used to know. But he’s got bigger problems. And with enemies coming at them from every corner, Bryan and Sassy will need to work together if they’re going to survive.


Oh My! I'm completely new to the Elite Obs Series and now need to read the first two books as soon as is possible! This is an exciting, action packed romantic suspense novel I read as a standalone.

Sassy Smith may be tiny, but what she lacks in height she gains in attitude. She has a pretty smart mouth and can't resist baiting the guy she's had a crush on since she was fourteen years old. Only she uses this tactic as a smoke screen to deflect away from the effect an incident in high school impacted on her life.

After his best friend's kid sister dared him to kiss her, Bryan “Hollywood” Fisher left Mississippi and joined the Marines. Now twelve years later, he's back to help and protect Sassy as she tries to uncover evidence to gain her brother's release from a Mexican jail for a crime he didn't commit. Only Sassy is all grown up now...

The tentative romance between Sassy and Bryan isn't the driving force of the plot – more of an enhancement. Flitting from Africa to the US, the action packed story is full of suspense, conspiracy, deception and hope. Our protagonists whilst incredibly attracted to each other, really have a problem communicating their feelings for one another. Both looking for excuses for not being together instead of finding a way of making a personal relationship work. That is once they are both out of danger and have achieved what they set out to do. Somehow, against the odds they manage to do just that.

I absolutely loved this book, but found that at times I was struggling to keep track with all the information; there are a lot of details crammed within the pages and wonder if I would have benefited by reading the first two books first, if only to familiarise myself with the supporting characters and their backgrounds? This doesn't detract too much from the overall enjoyment and I'll definitely be catching up with the series and other works by this author.

4 stars


Bryan’s stomach tightened when he ripped the shower curtain aside to find Sassy asleep on the tub’s porcelain floor with her head leaning back against the tile. Her position didn’t look very comfortable, but as exhausted as she was, it wouldn’t have taken much. Steam floated around her, and the shower spray was hitting the wall two feet above her head.
“Sassy?” He kept his voice low, not wanting to startle her.
She never stirred, but she’d been crying earlier. That much was obvious from the red splotches around her eyes. And if the sight of her wet body in the shower hadn’t brought him to his knees, her tear-splotched face did.
God, please. Let him face another man with a gun and a grenade any day. He had no idea what to do with this woman’s tears.
“Sassy?” He spoke a little louder this time.
Was this just the shock of everything catching up to her?
Praying she’d just sat down for a moment and dozed off and that this wasn’t some residual effect of the concussion, he reached to turn off the still warm water. Otis must have a monster hot water heater in this place.
Ignoring the torque in his back, he grabbed the threadbare towel and borrowed robe from the countertop and reached to pull her up and out of the tub.
When he leaned down over her, her blue eyes flew open. Only then did she react. But not like he would have expected. She went wild.
“No, dammit. No. Don’t touch me … don’t ever touch me. Just stop! Stop!”
“Sassy? Sassy, it’s me.” He dropped the robe on her shoulder and leaned back in a squat beside the tub.
Her eyes were glassy and unfocused. She jumped to her feet and covered her breasts with one hand protectively across her chest. He sat on his haunches, taking in the sight of a naked, wet Sassy standing over him. Momentarily stunned, he never saw it coming.
When her other fist connected with his jaw, the cracking sound reverberated around the bathroom. Still in a squat, he tipped backward. His shoulder bounced off the countertop and he landed on his ass directly on the wet linoleum. He felt the jolt all the way up his back again.
Jesus. He’d forgotten she definitely didn’t hit like a girl. Damn.
The slap of his butt hitting the wet floor seemed to pull her from wherever she’d been. Her eyes widened and her mouth opened in a wide O.
“Bryan. Ohmigod. I’m so sorry. I … sat down to shave my legs and … I must have dozed off.”
The shock on her face no doubt mirrored his own as he rubbed his jaw. “Just glad you weren’t holding the razor,” he mumbled.
She started to reach for him, then stopped. He saw the moment she remembered she was stark naked.

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Kay Thomas didn't grow up burning to be a writer. She wasn't even much of a reader until fourth grade. That's when her sister read The Black Stallion aloud to her. For hours Kay was enthralled—shipwrecked and riding an untamed horse across desert sand. Then tragedy struck. Her sister lost her voice. But Kay couldn't wait to hear what happened in the story—so she picked up that book, finished reading it herself, and went in search of more adventures at the local library.
Today Kay lives in Dallas with her husband, two children, and a shockingly spoiled Boston terrier. Her award-winning novels have been published internationally.


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