Defender by Catherine Mann

Dark Ops, Book 1

Berkley Sensation

Contemporary/Romantic Suspense

ISBN:  9780425228029

Reviewed by Talia Ricci



Chloe Nelson is trying to give back something.  As a kidney transplant survivor, she owes her entire well-being to the man that died so that she might live.  Because of this, she has signed up to be a backup singer on an USO tour overseas.  When the boat she is on explodes, Chloe thinks it is ironic that her death will be just when she is getting over being sick and finally happy.  Rescued and pulled out of the water, Chloe instantly realizes that the man who is holding her doesn’t want any part of this rescue operation. 

Jimmy Gage is irritated.  Instead of looking for their missing comrade, he and his team have been sent to rescue civilian personnel.  Coming into contact with Chloe Nelson and her lack of clothing, Jimmy reacts like any other red blooded male – he wants her.  However, he has more important things to do, like find his missing team member and get to the bottom of why Chloe and her USO troupe are being targeted by insurgents.

Defender by Catherine Mann is definitely a page turner.  From one scene to the next, readers are taken on a roller coaster ride of suspense, action, and emotions.  Jimmy and Chloe fight their attraction to each other but soon realize that their battle with themselves is a battle meant to be lost.  Both Jimmy and Chloe are strong, independent, and worthy of the other.  Defender by Catherine Mann is simply one of the best military/romantic suspense novels I have ever read. 


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