Saturday, September 3, 2011

Guardian Agent and Avenging Agent (Agents Under Fire), by Dana Marton (Romantic Suspense Novellas)


Back of the Book Blurbs:
Guardian Agent:  When Gabe Cannon's commando team is tasked with bringing down a rogue soldier, he doesn't expect to come face-to-face with the target's sister at the showdown instead of the man himself.
Jasmine is trying to lead the team away from her injured brother. Recognizing one of the hunters as her teenage crush is definitely a shock to her system. To save her family, she must convince Gabe that her brother was framed. But can she stop from falling in love with him all over again?

A fast-paced, heart-pounding romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Avenging Agent:  An undercover agent on a deadly mission, the last thing Jake needs is a troublesome beauty distracting him from his investigation. But something about Allison makes it impossible for him to leave her to her fate, surrounded by danger in a war-torn country.
They couldn't be more different, but soon they must rely on each other to stay alive, uncovering a diabolical plot that shakes even Jake's battle-hardened heart. Attraction grows between them as they form a tight team against their enemies. But to act on that attraction, first they have to stay alive            

Reviews:  I'll be reviewing these two novellas together, as they are part of a series by author Dana Marton and each is under 70 pages in length.
Wow!  These little stories pack a great big punch.  Both sucked me in from the first paragraphs, and kept me reading straight through until the end. The heroines, Jasmine and Allison, are smart, brave and loyal.  But each are in over their heads until they meet men with honor and the military training and experience to save their lives.  Both Gabe and Jake are rugged, brave, honorable and deliciously sexy - the perfect combination.  Add in action-packed adventure in exotic locations and you have a perfect hour long escape for each novella.

In Guardian Angel, Jasmine is on the run with her little sister Mandy and their big brother Jake, an AWOL Special Ops soldier who has been framed for murder.  Jake's former Army buddy Gabe is on the contract mercenary team assigned to find him.  But Gabe is getting suspicious of his team leader's motives, and when Jasmine finds Gabe and asks for his help, his instinctive response is to help her.  He remembers her as a teenager, but she has grown into a beautiful and brave woman desperate to save her siblings.  Gabe's protective instincts and attraction to Jasmine kick into overdrive, at the same time the secret plot is unraveling.  In just 60 short pages I knew about Gabe's and Jasmine's families, their backgrounds, and had a real sense of their personalities.  I've read full-length novels with less character development.  The action is nonstop, the pace relentless, and I could not put this down.

In Avenging Angel, we catch up with Jake several months after Gabe has rescued him and his sisters in Venice.  Jake is now part of a FBI team trying to bring down the politician who helped frame Jake for murder.  He's in Afghanistan when he sees a beautiful, blonde-haired American woman and rescues her from a gang of thugs.  He knows she's an heiress, but doesn't let on when he realizes that her search for her missing fiance may be connected to his own mission.  Under the guise of assisting her, they both dig for more information about her mysterious missing fiance (who she didn't love but is loyal to), and the attraction between them grows in the increasingly dangerous situations.  The attraction was believable, and very, very sexy.  Both Allison and Jake are great characters with depth and I really cared about what happened next.  As with Guardian Angel, the action is intense and fast-paced and I could not put it down until I'd finished.

(And I love the cover for Avenging Angel, because the guy reminds me of the actor Bruce Campbell, who I've had a secret crush on for years.  I mean, who can resist the cheerful horror of his character in the Evil Dead movies, or his incredible performance as an aging Elvis in Bubba Hotep?!  But I'm getting distracted.  So.)
Read these books!  They are well worth the $3 and will keep you reading on the edge of your seat.

For more information and a list of her other books, visit the author's website at

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