Triage by Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet
Colonel Jake McCrea's mission is to get Dr. Jessie Stevens and her bioterrorism team in the air. The clock is ticking down to a thermal meltdown at the DEEP lab in Mexico. A terrorist group has attacked the facility and only Jessie knows the combination to the GP2 virus and vaccine.
Jessie wanted the deadly level four virus to burn in the lab until she learned that GP2 may have been secretly cultivated in Florida. As tension flares into attraction with Jake, Jessie won't fall for another man in uniform, even if Jake is the bravest man she's ever met. Still, she's having a tough time concentrating on a killer virus, instead of Jake's killer smile.
Jake doesn't want to take Jessie into a firefight, but she's the only survivor of the DEEP lab scientists with an immunity to GP2. He knows Jessie is stubborn and tough as nails, but can she pull the pin on a thermal device to destroy the virus? With his feelings getting in the way of his mission, could he allow Jessie to put her life in danger?
Adrenaline, non-stop action, deadly virus stolen, great romance, and lusciously detailed sex! Thankfully the heroine has energy bars!
Dr. Jessie Stevens is happy with her new life as an Emergency Room doctor. She’s putting down roots and furnishing her new home -- until Colonel Jake McCrea literally yanks her back to her old life in the Bioterrorism Epidemiology Services (BEP). The DEEP lab she worked in was attacked by terrorists and they must retrieve a vital vaccine.
Jessie is a strong and gutsy woman. She left BEP when the military took it over, she doesn’t trust them. Yet she can’t help her attraction to handsome Jake McCrea especially when he takes a bullet to save her life.
Jake McCrea is an accomplished military intelligence officer. He knows he’s dragging Jessie into a very dangerous situation, but he has no choice. Even though he’s gone through a string of girls in the past, Jessie is different. As Jake tells her when she doubts herself, "You were almost shot by a terrorist, burned alive in the DEEP lab, lied to a Marine commander and punched out a woman with a handgun."
Jake and Jessie make a great couple. At the beginning when they’re in a life and death situation they’re all business. But in the first lull from the action, trust has been built and you can see the sparks flare. When they consummate their relationship, the sex is utterly hot. Ms. De Sues uses exquisite details during lovemaking that heighten enjoyment. When they were having sex I felt hot and gushy. In fact, when they were having their lighter moments during the story, I felt gushy and had a smile on my face.
When the action was blazing, I was on the edge of my seat. Sometimes I felt a little disoriented, just like Jessie did. Ms. De Sues occasionally used sharp cuts during the action to demonstrate how dire the situation was, and how fast it was moving. Her style made me feel felt like Jessie did, being dragged into a danger and having her guts yanked like she was on a roller coaster. It was quite effective.
This book is a non-stop thrill ride that will jerk and compel you just like Jake did to Jessie. But just as much as it is an adventure, it’s also a hot love story. If you’re looking for an action-packed romance, I recommend Triage.