Running Blind by Cindy Gerard (One-Eyed Jacks #3)

Running Blind by Cindy GerardAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

No commitments, no promises, no looking back. Those are her rules. They used to be his rules, too. Counterterrorism operative and shameless playboy Jamie Cooper has gone head-to-head with some formidable opponents, but none so quick-witted, free-spirited, and smokin’ hot as security analyst Rhonda Burns. She lives up to her name, all fiery passion and zero inhibitions.

In the wake of a sniper attack that leaves a close friend clinging to life, the duo is pegged to undertake the One-Eyed Jacks’ latest security mission alone—an assignment that leads them to a top-secret desert military facility. Almost immediately, the sexual tension that has been brewing for months erupts, blindsiding Rhonda and Jamie with the intensity of their feelings. They try to play it cool, but when an elite terrorist team makes the future uncertain, they ask themselves: is it now or never?

The One-Eyed Jacks are under attack. They don’t know who is after them or why, but they go on high alert when one of their own is almost killed. The super-secret group of counterterrorism agents, all former military or experts in their own fields, is ready for justice and retaliation when Eva Brown is shot during an attack on their team. While their boss, Mike Brown, is glued to his wife’s side at the hospital, the ITAP team goes to work trying to figure out who is behind the shooting.

Running Blind takes off from there as the agents search for a needle in the haystack, trying to determine which of their enemies has tried to take down the team. Jamie Cooper, former Marine Force Recon, is a force to be reckoned with. He’s unhappy to say the least when he’s pulled away on another assignment. The NSA has picked up on some chatter that makes the government a little jumpy, so ITAP is asked to send someone to check out security on a couple military bases in Colorado and Utah. The members of the team take turns on assignment, and this one is Jamie’s. Since they are scheduled to check the physical security and also make sure their network is secure, he needs to bring an IT specialist along.

Enter Rhonda Burns, a.k.a. “The Bombshell”. She has no military experience, but is a valued member of the ITAP group for her expertise with a computer. She is an wiz with all things technology-related and is more than ready for her first field assignment. Trying to infiltrate a network that nobody should be able to get into is right up her alley and Rhonda is eager to prove her worth to the team and her boss.

Jamie has had the hots for Rhonda since she joined their team six months ago. Knowing a romantic liaison with a coworker is taboo, Jamie tries to ignore his attraction to the blond beauty. The fact that she gives him nothing but a cold shoulder doesn’t deter him as much as it should. He’d like nothing more than to prove he’s up to the challenge of breaking through her aloof exterior. Their sizzling chemistry becomes too hot to ignore when they are sent away on assignment together. Emotions are already running high after what happened to Eva, and neither Jamie nor Rhonda can fight their attraction any longer.

I’ve been a fan of Cindy Gerard’s Bodyguards and Black Ops series, so I had high hopes for Running Blind. I liked the way the author connected the attack on the team to the assignment Cooper and Burns are sent on. The dangerous situation they find themselves in was believable and very intense. Their sexual chemistry was tangible – I’m a sucker for a tough, alpha guy falling for the brainy girl.

One thing I didn’t like was the fact that Jamie was the playboy of the group, and yet Rhonda was the one insisting on no strings, no commitments. The reason for her reluctance to admit her feelings for Jamie wasn’t revealed until the very end, and everything was a little too neatly wrapped up. Also, the book just felt kind of “tame”. The violence and action were spot on, but the love scenes weren’t exactly steamy, and even the language could have been ramped up a bit. I just can’t picture some badass black ops guy saying “For Pete’s sake”!

Overall the book was an enjoyable read, but I wasn’t as engrossed in it as I have been with Cindy Gerard’s other books. I liked Jamie and Rhonda, but nothing about them or their romance really reached out and grabbed me.

I give Running Blind by Cindy Gerard 3.5 stars!

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