Five years ago, Aegis Security op manager Marley Addison’s lover died in a South American raid gone horribly wrong…or so she thought. When she receives a phone call telling her that he is still very much alive and in danger, she vows to bring him home safely, even if Aegis CEO and former Navy SEAL Jake Ryder has kept her out of the field for the last few years. Then Jake shows up in Colombia to help her, leaving Marley annoyed…and more than a little distracted by her alarmingly handsome boss.
As things between Marley and Jake heat up in the wilderness, they discover their rescue mission is filled with treachery. Now the domineering Jake has to rely on Marley for survival. But can she depend on him when their mission takes a shocking and deadly turn?
Fatal Pursuit is the pulse-pounding third book in Elisabeth Naughton’s scorching Aegis series.
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First off, I need to thank NetGalley and Montlake Publishing for providing me with a copy of Fatal Pursuit to read in exchange for an honest review. I also bought the audible version of this book. Let’s face it, it was THAT good that while I was at work I had to have this in my ear. Loved doesn’t seem right for this book. I frigging epically loved it. (grins)
There is so much to say at the moment my mind is a whirlwind of “oh hell no’s” “are you crazy?” and.. "get your sh*t together, dude” that I am lost. Talk about a fast paced, epic story of lies, half truths and chaos. Both Jake and Marley are doing one eighties, crossing paths and butting heads. Aegis is Jake’s baby. Its the business he made but he learns quickly that without Marley nothing works like its supposed to.
When Marley gets a call from an ex-boyfriend, Grison McKnight, an operative that used to work for omega, her father’s security (Black Ops) company asking for help she runs off to help. When she doesn’t show up for work the next day Jake knows something is up. He manages to track her down. One thing Marley did was take HIS plane. When Jake shows up Marley is not happy. She is pissed at him for many reasons and a night of drinking didn't help her mood. Jake convinces the man, Hamilton, that Marley called for help that he can go he has this under control. needless to say he is jealous. (laughs hard) But that bubble is busted when he finds out Hamilton is Marley’s brother. And then they set out to find Grayson McKnight.
Jake is there to ‘keep Marley safe’ but she proves to him over and over that she is more than capable of taking care of herself in the jungles of South America. Impressing him many times over. Its not until a mudslide take Marley out that he freaks out and lets some of the pent up emotions he has out. Marley, thankfully is not harmed but taken to a native village. And well, Jake tracks her, and the natives are not happy to see him. Marley, once again asserts herself and manages to save Jakes hide, literally. That night in the village changes a lot for both Jake and Marley. As they continue to search for Grayson McKnight the tension between them grows. And by the time they are back in the states they are both on a crash course with heartache. And who do they have to blame? Themselves.
Then since life for them isn’t crazy enough Marley gets herself into trouble. But thankfully Jake is there to save her. Again, emotions are high, tempers flare and hearts clench with the knowledge of what they want but don’t think they can have. Its a bad cycle that they seem to be forever stuck in. Both determined that what they want isn't going to get them what they need. Blind, I call it being blind.
There were many parts of this story that I loved, Jake is good at melting your heart one minute and making you want to junk punch him the next. I swear that is one man that has a boomerang for mood swings. But I get it. he is protective of what is his and he has thought of Marley as ‘his’ for so long now but he has been scared to say or do anything. Marley’s attraction for him has grown as well and in the end it was like “come on get ya heads out ya asses!” (laughs) I do love Jake and Marley. They have both been my favorites from book one. I can't wait to see what Elisabeth has up her sleeve for the next boo. (Silently prayers there is another book.. many, many of them.)
About the Author:
Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A rabid reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time.
Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.
Visit her website at www.ElisabethNaughton.com to learn more about her books