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Killing Time (One-Eyed Jacks Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Gerard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“We can do this easy,” she whispered close to his ear as he groaned in agony, “or it can go real hard on you.”

Well, of course he wasn’t going to go easy.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cindy Gerard plunges readers into the heart of a seductive contest of wills between a hard-living hero and a beautiful rogue operative who is on a mission to dig up the secrets of his past. Tension sizzles in this pulse-pounding first adventure in Gerard’s action-packed new series as Eva Salinas lures Mike Brown from the sultry streets of Lima, Peru, to the desolate Idaho wilderness on the hunt for the cold-blooded traitor behind a fatal military operation that haunts them both.


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"Romantic suspense favorite Gerard is known for her fast-paced, special-ops–based books, and this is the first in her new One-Eyed Jacks series. From the intensely captivating opening scene to the last tender moment, Gerard takes the reader on an emotionally complex yet action-packed roller-coaster ride of romance and conflict, capitalizing on both sexual and situational tension. Mike and Eva leap off the page as smart, resourceful yet damaged characters who find solace and sanctuary in each other and their shared journey toward truth and redemption. Gerard hits the mark with this addition to her unique and successful brand of special-ops romantic suspense." (Kirkus)

About the Author

Cindy Gerard has won the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense novel. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Ops, Inc. series; the bestselling Bodyguards series; and more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She lives in the Midwest with her husband.

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  • File Size: 3228 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451606834
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088Q9R98
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic Suspense January 22, 2013
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This is the first novel of a series called One Eyed Jacks, and it is classic Cindy Gerard.
Mike Brown was a Naval Academy graduate and hot shot Helo pilot in Afghanistan, until eight years ago when a mission went very wrong. Since then he has been hiding out in Peru, running a semi-legitimate air cargo business . He has cut himself off from his former life, and is sober 364 days of the year...except on the anniversary of the disaster that ended his career. We meet Mike in a bar on that anniversary, and he is definitely NOT sober.
Mike is being seduced by this drop-dead gorgeous Latino woman who is pulling his every string! That is till she gets him someplace " private" sticks a needle in his neck, and he wakes up shackled to a bed! Meet Eve Salinas. She is an attorney with CIA connections investigating the mission gone bad. She is also the widow of one of the men who died.
It is a ride in a tornado from there. First they have to learn to trust each other, not an easy thing. People want them dead, someone from the Government included. There is so much action, and suspense I found my self holding my breath at one point. The attraction between Mike and Eve is so very hot, and so hard to deny, though they both try to. Mike and Eve have to fight their own demons to get to a place they can be together.
We meet a few of the BOI men, and they look like they will be regulars in this series. Very happy about that! I would highly recommend this novel to all Cindy Gerard fans, and anyone who likes military romantic suspense. This one is a keeper.
Pat Fordyce
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One-Eyed Jacks, Book 1 February 26, 2013
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This is book 1 in Cindy Gerard's new spin-off series - One-Eyed Jacks. It follows both the Bodyguards and Black-Ops Inc series which are loosely connected. While this is the beginning of a new series and can be read as a stand-alone book, reading the BOI series first will allow you to get to know some of the connected characters.

Mike "Primetime" Brown has lived on the run from his demons for eight years, but a determined woman brings his past into focus after she knocks him out. Eva Salinas is out to find the truth of her husband's untimely death, and Mike is smack dab in the middle of it. Together they set out to right old wrongs and lay a path to a new future.

This is a story for those looking for a hot, twisting tale of revenge and redemption.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I've always been a huge Cindy Gerard fan. This book started out OK, but I was soon bored. I was glad to read that this was a new series -- that she finally moved on from the BOI series -- only to be disappointed to find that this book is, in fact, another continuation with the same characters. After this many novels, it's getting a little boring, and very predictable. The relationship between Eva and Mike didn't really click with me. I wasn't crazy about either one of them. I guess what really disappointed me in this book is the way it wrapped up WAY TOO QUICKLY.

******SPOILER ALERT!!!!*****

When our group of unbelievably (and I do mean unbelievably) gorgeous, smart and infallible heroes find themselves in the usual hot spot, they try to shoot down a helicopter full of some of the bad guys who are escaping, but fail. Then, of course, the gang from the other books rushes to the rescue in their Black Hawk helicopter and blows up the helicopter full of bad guys, which then crashes to the ground on the rest of the bad guys, killing them, too. Since our "heroes" were incommunicado with their good-guy buddies, how the heck did the good-guy buddies know their friends (our heroes) weren't (a) in the helicopter or (b) on the ground with the rest of the nefarious bunch? Given that, you'd think they would find out before potentially blowing up their friends. It makes no sense and the reader is given the impression that the author had met her required pages and just gave it up quickly.

I'm ready for a new group of people instead of the same old super heroes and the same old scenarios. If you've read her previous books, then you've read this one. I expect more from Cindy Gerard. Sadly, she didn't deliver with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eva helps Mike overcome his past February 23, 2013
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Content: Explicit sex, cussing with F-bombs (about 50, according to my search function) and some indiscriminate religious profanity (but only 5 times), plenty of violence, but it's not too horrendous.

I liked this one! Gerard has a nice turn of phrase and includes humor in her dialogue, like when Mike said, "In a pig's eye" upon seeing the boxes labeled PORK. Haha!

Killing Time is character driven. The suspense is not quite as solid as the development of Mike's character. Mike won my heart over completely. I found him to be a very sympathetic protagonist. His shame and despair were tangible, and totally credible. It felt so real, when he roared, "The hell I did!" in the sleazy hotel room in Lima. Awwwww!! His pain over his lost friendships with Taggart and Cooper was also tangible.

I also liked Eva. She's sexy, smart, compassionate and brave, yet practical and cool headed. Almost a Mary Sue, but not quite, for the tables turned on her more than once. She's perfect for Mike.

BUT, I REALLY wish they hadn't made love so soon. It simply didn't feel like they were emotionally ready. By the end their relationship felt more real.

The most moving scenes:

The scene where Mike decided he had been a coward. He decided to stop running. His angst and renewed determination felt authentic. Loved the scene when some guys suddenly appear. Mike is amazed, profoundly relieved, and just plain happy. Awwww!! Well written! Also, I was moved by the scene where he feels caught on the horns of a dilemma -- stand and fight, risking it all -- or flee, risking his self-respect and his nation.

The suspense parts of the plot were decent (if fairly predictable) all the way to about 80%, when Gerard pulled a lame one. Grrrr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is another attention holding series!
Published 13 days ago by Kathy Karr
2.0 out of 5 stars I've read a lot of books by this author but ...
I've read a lot of books by this author but was not impressed by this one. I'm also put off by the Kindle cost of this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate 50
5.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Gerard is on my auto-buy list and she should be on yours too!!...
"I really really like" this book!! I swear if you have not read a CG book and you are a fan of hot, romantic suspense you have got to go out and read ALL of her books! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeananna
4.0 out of 5 stars Cindy Gerard can be counted on for a good story!
I've never read one of her books that I didn't like. Some more than others, obviously, but always a sure thing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colleen K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book !
Kept me reading until the end; could not put it down. Loved Black Opts and I'm sure going to keep One Eye Jacks on my list.
Published 7 months ago by m ramey
3.0 out of 5 stars always a good read
Good series always enjoyable.Looking forward to the next books she always delivers.She always had the best hero's and heroines.Guaranteed a good read
Published 7 months ago by gloria dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I was tired and just finished watching the Bronco play off game and still I couldn't put it down. This is a great way to bring in the next series by Cindy Gerard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Crystal archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gerard
For return readers, the bottom line is, if you liked the Black Ops Inc series then you're going to like this one. And for new readers, it's a great introduction to Gerard's style. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amy Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING, THE BEST!!
Killing Time is the first book in Cindy Gerard's new One-Eyed Jacks series. It is a spin-off of her best selling, Black Ops, Inc. books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike "Primetime" Brown sizzles in this spin-off
A great book. Action packed from the start.

This book features Mike "Primetime" Brown, an ex-black ops leader who has been hiding away from life and drinking... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ezinwanyi
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Cindy Gerard has forty plus titles in print. In addition to 7 RITA nominations and 2 Rita wins, Cindy has numerous RT nominations and various awards to her credit. Each book of her single title romantic suspense series, Black Ops Inc, has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller top 20 list. Cindy writes sexy, heart-pounding romantic suspense and has had her work twice featured in COSMOPOLITAN Magazine as Red Hot Reads.

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