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The Agent's Covert Affair (To Protect and Serve) Kindle Edition
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Though Derrick Gunn has been on a NCIS team for three years, he still likes to work on his own since that is how he previously operated with another government agency. But when a JAG lawyer is seriously hurt and her young child is taken, he reluctantly agrees to let the woman’s sister assist in order to learn what happened because time is crucial. Emma St. John is a private investigator, and Derrick quickly learns she is very capable when it comes to tracking down evidence plus taking care of herself.
Any time he is on a case, Derrick never lets it become personal. Yet being around Emma plus trying to locate her nephew has him feeling emotions that should not surface. When facts seem to point toward a large drug cartel being involved in the baby’s disappearance, Derrick and Emma must fight the strong attraction between them while preparing to battle ruthless men who do not like to lose.
The threats in THE AGENT’S COVERT AFFAIR grabbed me from the start, and my apprehension over what would take place next kept increasing because so much is uncertain. At the start of the book, whoever is behind the abduction is not known, and even when the culprit is learned, there are still facts to uncover. As the risks escalate and physical harm is a definite possibility, Derrick and Emma find themselves bonding with each other, something they rarely do because past experiences have made them not work well with others. Insight into the reason for each of their reactions let me come to understand what currently motivated them, like seeking justice for those who have been wronged. Though they try to resist the pull between them, the desire they feel can be overwhelming.
Suspenseful situations can occur at any time without warning. One of the reasons I enjoy the To Protect and Serve stories so much is that I never know what will happen or to whom. There are plenty of characters with bad intentions in this book, and I certainly enjoyed seeing if the good guys would win or fail when they tangled with someone who had an opposite goal. Although the story is part of a miniseries, the book stands alone since the case is not connected to any prior plots.
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The first meeting between Derrick and Emma set the stage for their relationship. Both are accustomed to doing what is necessary without having to consult with someone else. There is also an undeniable zing of attraction between them that promises to complicate matters. Derrick is especially resistant to working with Emma because once before he had gotten involved during a mission and the consequences still haunt him. However, each has a different set of skills vital to the mission, so they have to figure out how to make it work. Their early interactions show Derrick's fear that Emma will be more of a hindrance than a help, and Emma's determination to prove otherwise. I loved the way that Emma quickly proved her worth and made a place for herself at his side. The chemistry between them awakens unexpectedly strong feelings between them.
I ached for Derrick, whose past mistakes still haunt him. Emma's missing nephew brings his pain back to the surface and makes this case more personal than he is comfortable with. His growing feelings for Emma also bring out an unexpected protectiveness in him that causes some conflict between them. I loved that he was honest about his desire for her, but he feared that his past has made him unable to have a permanent relationship. This was especially obvious at the end when he walked away before realizing that he needed to fight for what he wanted.
Emma has her own issues to work through. She has spent her life being very protective of her sister. It goes a little too far at some point, creating a rift between them. Her growing relationship with Derrick opens her eyes to the need for her to control things in her life. I loved her big moment at the end as she followed her heart.
The suspense of the story was intense and nearly non-stop. It was an emotional roller coaster as Derrick and Emma would get close to their objective, only to see it slip away, and have it happen several times. Though the culprit is unknown at the beginning, finding out who it is doesn't make things any easier. As the risks escalate, injury or death is a definite possibility. I was glued to the book as I watched Derrick and Emma survive ambushes, a desert escape, and betrayal. There were several twists at the end that increased the intensity until all was successfully concluded.