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Stealing Vengeance by Kaylea Cross
Series: Vengeance #1
Published by Self-Published on May 28, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publicity team
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She’s an expert at getting into places she doesn’t belong.
The government created Megan, transforming her into a Valkyrie—a deadly operative only whispered about in certain circles. They took everything from her and made her into a weapon. Now someone is leaking secret information about her sisters-in-arms, betraying them for money. Loyal Unto Death is the Valkyrie motto. So when Megan is recruited to find who leaked the files, she takes the high-risk assignment. Even if it means working with the man who betrayed her trust long ago. Even if it means giving her life. Because she’ll do whatever it takes to find justice.
But this is one situation she can’t escape from on her own.
Tyler Bergstrom never forgot the resourceful woman who escaped during the toughest phase of SERE school. So when he learns the stunning truth about her and his unwitting part in her past, he volunteers to work alongside Megan for a chance at redemption. Except she doesn’t want a partner. Doesn’t want to let anyone into her life, including him—hell, especially him. Yet whether she likes it or not, for this mission they’re partners. Now it’s a race against the clock to bring down the shadowy figure targeting Valkyries. But the threat goes deeper than they ever imagined. No one is safe. And if they can’t overcome the past and learn to trust each other, they’re both dead.
Stealing Vengeance is the first in a new series, Vengeance. There is all the action and suspense I expect from a Kaylea Cross book, plus a romance. It’s a bit of an enemies to lovers but there isn’t much hate; that’s quickly in the past. Megan and Ty have grown up since then. Plus they are professionals at their work.
There’s life and death here, in the military black ops world within an outed program, Valkyries – female assassins. Of course, the women have a variety of skills. Megan is master thief. Amber is a hacker. Apparently, some of the other women will be familiar from the Hostage Rescue Team series. Sadly, I have only managed to read the first book of it and so I don’t know them from there.
This book is a little shorter than average. It could have had a few more pages in character development for the supporting characters, but maybe that would give away too much for the rest of the series. I’m not sure I trust all of them, which is probably smart.
Megan and Tyler are great together. They are well-trained, capable people. I liked them. I love Megan’s personal growth throughout the book as she has been alone all her life. This mission is exciting and dangerous. It ends just a little abruptly but I’m sure it flows right into Covert Vengeance releasing July 30 which looks like Amber’s story. I can’t wait!
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saw the cover and thought…maybe. then i read the blurb and was surprised. sounds even better than i thought.
This author is one of my favorites.
I’ve not come across Kayla Cross before but this sounds like an interesting read. I don’t read a lot of military-type romance/thrillers but this one does sound pretty juicy!
Kaylea Cross is one of the best at this sort of thing. Romantic suspense with some real mystery or action. I’d give it a try. Lots of times the first book in her series, the older ones, are free. The genre is along the lines of Pamela Clare, Laura Kaye and Rebecca Zenetti or Scarlet Cole. The stories are all very different but they are all in the romantic suspense arena.
I would be curious to see if you have what you’re waiting for in the sequel
At least it will be out in July, only about 2 months to wait, not a year.
This does sound like a fun one with a bit of enemies to lovers set in the black ops world. I liked Elle Kennedy’s series like this, too. I will try Cross at some point. 🙂
She has several great military romantic suspense series. The older series have had the first book as a freebie from time to time which is how I discovered them I think.
I already have this on my wish list. Keep coming across it recently and it sounds so good.
It is. I seem to be a sucker for female assassins.
Ok, so I just read Brody’s Vow and it had a Valkyrie in it! I think that book came out in 2016, so the Valkyrie program has been around for awhile. In that book they also mentioned a few other girls who were now will HRT guys. Maybe I will give this series a shot!
Yes there is some interplay – very limited – with the HRT series. I have started but not finished HRT. No matter how many books I read a day or a week I can’t get to all the ones I want to read. I do really like this author though.