Known Threat (Agent O’Connor, #3) by Kara A. McLeod

From Kara A. McLeod’s first book to her now third book, there has been such a progression from really good to phenomenal. I was enthralled by the third installment of her Agent O’Connor series. She made my heart race, my emotions jump all over the place, I was taken right into the book, real life be damned.

McLeod has become a master in on writing a fantastic story with main characters that exude fortitude, strength kindness and underneath it all, raw vulnerability. It hard not to be captured by this series, I can easily say this is one of the books I have been most excited about this year.

Like I have said before this is a series, each book building off of each other. Do not start here, you want to pick up Actual Stop and then Worthy of Trust and Confidence. Without a doubt, this is a damn good series and you will not be disappointed have three amazing books to devour.

Special Agent Ryan O’Connor returns to action after being somewhat physically and emotionally recovered from her bullet wounds. Back to active duty and dealing with the craziness that life continues to throw her way. When we ended the second book, we knew that Ryan’s girlfriend, Special Agent Allison Reynolds was having some type of an issue with her boss Beau Byers. Well, get ready for that onion to be peeled. It’s picked right off the headlines of today’s papers and it is enough to make your blood boil for both of the Agents.

The Beau debacle is just one iron in the fire. Ryan has another monstrous disaster to put out. Her sister has been captured by a madman. Remember the paranoid schizophrenic from the last book who thinks the president’s daughter is his wife. Well, Adam Royce Walker is back and has taken Ryan’s sister as a way to meet up with Zoey Carmicheal.

This is a heart-stopping adventure that will drag so many emotions from you. My heart broke for all the ladies involved. There are parts of this book that will crack your heart into tiny fragments. One part, in particular, will cause you true anguish.

While I say this, I’m also saying its worth it because this book is so, so good. You are there every moment, McLeod transports you into the story and never takes you out of it until the very last page is turned. The book will stick with you and have you impatiently waiting to meet up with these characters again.

This one surpasses the first and the second in the series. Not an easy feat to do. The best of the series so far! I cannot wait for the next one. Kara A. McLeod, you have stolen my heart with this series. If you read this review, thank you!

A big 5 out of 5 stars


Actual Stop by Kara A. McLeod

This is one of those books that the cover actually sold me on the book. I like a good cop procedural but sometimes it has too much crime. (That’s probably an oxymoron, right, too much crime, but you know what I mean, you read romance novel too!) I will confess the romance is what I want, catch the bad guys sure, but let’s have more smoldering romance than chasing villain’s, okay.

Special Agent Ryan O’Connor is a secret service agent that works the on the Protective Intelligence Squad handling threat cases. Ryan has finally got her life back on track after having her heart shredded by the love of her life. Ryan uses oodles of duct tape and pieces back her heart to finally begin dating again. She has entered in to new relationship with a one of NYPD’s finest. The only problem is Lucia feels way more attached that Ryan does.

Enter the heart breaker herself, Special Agent Allison Reynolds. This is secret service agent is one of Mr. President’s own guard. She is calm, cool and collected in a constant storm of chaos. Ryan is her weakness though. You can tell as soon as they come back together to work a detail to guard the President as he travels into the city. The old flame is back, but what is it she’s after?

So my thoughts on this one are mixed. I really, really liked it, well most parts of it. What I love specifically is the angstiness of it. Ryan and Allison have chemistry. HOT!!! It’s obvious as soon as they see each other again after their four year hiatus.  To me as the reader the attraction and dynamic these two had just jumped right off the page. I loved the parts of the story where these two were together and trying to navigate how to be friends and colleagues.

What I was not a huge fan of is too much detail about the Secret Service. Too much procedural stuff, details that are important to the line of work sure, unglamorous at times, but still just a smidgen will do. I understand why it was there it just became rather dry. This is what may turn some reader off, but if you can look past this there is a diamond in the rough.

For me Kara A. McLeod’s first novel Actual Stop is a big hit. I thought this book had emotion and I loved it. The feelings Ryan has for Allison is dynamic, the emotions and intensity of their attraction just pulled me in chapter after chapter. While reviews maybe mixed, I quite frankly loved this one.

4.25 out of 5 stars

I was given this book by Netgalley & Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Actual Stop
by Kara A. McLeod