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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Lethal Game by Julie Rowe / @pumpupyourbook @JulieRoweAuthor

Title: Lethal Game
Series: Biological Response Team, Book 2
Author: Julie Rowe
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

Book Two of Biological Response Team Series
As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.

Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.

With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.

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I think I own a handful of medical romances, maybe. They tend to be heavily inundated with medical jargon, hospital relationships, and vindictive staff members that I either lose interest or wonder if any of what I'm reading actually happens. There isn't a lot of humor in them either, though there is often a huge helping of sadness.

I'm not saying this story isn't sad. My heart ached for Connor's loss of his team and for Sophia's renewed battle with cancer. It didn't seem fair that either suffered so much when they were needed here and now. But those sad moments were softened by the quirkiness of Connor and Sophia's unlikely relationship.

Connor and Sophia took on this mission knowing/hoping it'd be their last. But fate, their hearts, whatever you want to call it, had other plans and they discover a reason to live despite their individual hopes of dying. The future that was once non-existent was now bright with possibilities, even if just for a limited time.

Sophia's gruff demeanor and unfiltered mouth are my favorite things about this story. Gotta love a woman who says it like it is, and love the man who doesn't blink when she speaks even more. The carnage is a close second.

I haven't read the first book but there was enough backstory here to understand what was going on. It's a fast paced story that ended too quickly. Despite that, it's a good story, one that is equal parts dark and light, sober and humorous.I hope to read the next book in this series, and I hope it's just as adventurous as this one, maybe even more so.

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.

In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.