Hard Target

Hard Target The first installment in the Elite Ops series featuring sexy ex military men and the women who rescue their hearts Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn t planning on being a hero Recovering from an in

  • Title: Hard Target
  • Author: Kay Thomas
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  • Page: 298
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  • The first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy ex military men and the women who rescue their hearts.Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn t planning on being a hero Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing than peace and a chance to rebuild his life ButThe first installment in the Elite Ops series, featuring sexy ex military men and the women who rescue their hearts.Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn t planning on being a hero Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing than peace and a chance to rebuild his life But when Anna Mercado s crazy ex shows up wielding a baseball bat, Leland can t ignore his instinct to help And after her son is kidnapped, Leland agrees to deliver the ransom into dangerous territory south of the border.Anna has no choice but to go with this stranger she s just met if she ever wants to see her son again But getting the boy out of a violent cartel region involves risking everything And for that Leland will have to convince Anna to do the scariest thing of all open her heart and trust him.

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    1. I didn t grow up burning to be a writer As a child I wasn t even much of a reader until fourth grade That s when I was stuck at home with the flu and my big sister read THE BLACK STALLION aloud to me For hours I was enthralled shipwrecked in a foreign land and riding an untamed horse across the hot desert sand Then tragedy struck My sister lost her voice I think she caught my flu But I couldn t wait to hear what happened to Alec Ramsey so I picked up that book, finished reading it by myself, and went in search of adventures at the local library Today I live in Dallas with my husband, our two children, and a shockingly spoiled Boston terrier In November 2013, HARD TARGET Elite Ops Book 1 was released in my new series from Avon Impulse, featuring sexy ex military mend the women who rescue their hearts HARD TARGET received an Award of Merit in the HOLT Medallion Contest and was also a nominee for best romantic suspense in the GDRWA Booksellers Best Awards PERSONAL TARGET, book two in the series, released in 2014 followed by EASY TARGET Elite Ops 3 in 2015 For excerpts, book trailers, and visit my website at KayThomas And to keep up with my latest releases, sign up for my Kay Thomas Bullet Points Newsletter I only send them out when I have a new book and the list is never shared, so you ll only hear from me eepurl Pup1 I can also be found online at Facebook facebook KayThomasWrites Twitter Twitter KayThomasWritesPinterest pinterest KayThomasWritesInstagram instagram KayThomasWritesIn addition to their US releases, my national best selling books have been published in France, the Netherlands, Estonia, Australia, the UK and South Africa BULLETPROOF HEARTS April 2011 , won the 2012 HOLT Medallion in Short Contemporary and was a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards My debut novel, BETTER THAN BULLETPROOF January 2009 was a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient, a Readers Crown finalist, and a Romantic Times Reviewer s Choice nominee.

    2. Very fasted paced with tons of action and drama. The two main characters certainly have their fair share of problems. Anna Mercado is in Mexico to give her son who needs a heart transplant one last vacation with his father before he is admitted into the hospital. Anna had left Max over his infidelities but was willing to reconcile for a short while to make her son happy. When she accidentally over hears Max plotting her death and the kidnapping of her son she takes him and goes to Dallas where h [...]

    3. 4.5 starsRomantic suspense is one of my favorite genres, and Kay Thomas’ Hard Target has all of the elements of this genre that appeal to me and make the Elite Ops series one I plan to follow.Thomas has created a compelling plot with mystery, suspense, and romance that increasingly builds in complexity and tension and is chockfull of action, which made this a fast and engaging reading experience. I had a difficult time finding a stopping place because I was so eager to see what twists and turn [...]

    4. Wow this book had suspense from beginning to end. There is some romance in between but this is not your typical suspense/romance book where there is suspense then romance and then back and forth. No this is suspense…spense…mystery….mance…tion then more suspense… I actually thought it was addicting and couldn’t put it down because I didn’t want to miss what was going to happen next. It starts off with Anna the main character at Cancun taking a small vacation with her son Zach and es [...]

    5. REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 5, 2015Story: 3.5 starsNarrator: P J Ochlan: 5 starsThe second half the story was eventful, with some good tense moments but the author used some lame, trite devices - a bodyguard fumbling with his weapon's trigger mechanism, giving Leland the opportunity to shoot him. Better to say his weapon jammed than to have Max's personal bodyguard "fumble" with the trigger; using a TV drama serial trope where the cavalry arrives only after the bad guys are killed by the hero.I d [...]

    6. Review originally published at booksandspoons.weebly/bookThis plot has some original ideas that sets it apart from the regular romantic suspense, but the storyline gets messy. It is a bit too far fetched, and has so many scenarios for the possible reasons why things are turning out as they are, and with so many secondary characters, it is so easy to lose focus and interest.Leland is a broken man and tattered agent, being wanted, possibly, by the Mexican drug cartel. He has shut down his feelings [...]

    7. Anna has been taking care of her ailing son since they found out he had a heart condition. Her marriage has crumbled, but she intends for her son to lead a normal life and get to know his father. That's how she finds herself vacationing in Mexico with her soon-to-be ex-husband. She's had a few too many margaritas and is thinking of having one last "hurrah" with her husband. It is when she goes up to the suite that her world comes crashing down.Leland is relaxing on a motel room after a brutal ca [...]

    8. Originally published at The Book PushersIf you are able, like the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland, to “believe six impossible things before breakfast” then you will probably get a kick out of this romantic suspense/bodyguard romance/heroine in jeopardy/mother’s ultimate sacrifice story.Unfortunately for me, it tripped my “willing suspension of disbelief” meter early in the first chapter. I hung on for the ride because I promised to review this one for Library Journal, and I’m goin [...]

    9. ***This book was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***"Meet me upstairs. I want you and I’m taking you to bed."And with that opening sentence, we’re off!This is a story about a man looking for redemption and a woman who would do anything to get her son back, and how maybe they can give each other what they need.Let’s start with Anna’s character. Anna was so likable. She had strength and determination and she was fighter throughout this entire book. I loved her tenaci [...]

    10. *** 3.75 ***For me, this is the first book by this author, as such I was a bit skeptical about what am I going to find.I was however pleasantly impressed and I can definitely say I like his writing style. What particularly got my attention is how the author is describing not only what the characters do, but what they think or how they think in reacting to some events that they are involved with. This is somewhat fascinating to me, as we are not just told a story of what happens, but we also dive [...]

    11. Cartel what?This was a solid read. The flow of the storyline was good and the characters were well developed. I highly recommend this book. Starting book two now!

    12. Hard Target is the first book in a series revolving around yet another agency composed of former SEAL people and what not, because there are never enough of these people who can somehow make billions of dollars to buy the software and hardware needed to start such operations while busy saving the world from evil Middle-Eastern and the occasional, now lamentably out of fashion, Russian and Eastern Europe terrorists. Indeed, there isn't anything in Hard Target that hasn't been seen before.Anna Mer [...]

    13. They met under extraordinary circumstancesAnna Mercado is the estranged wife of Maximilian Mercado "The Tequila King". She agrees to go to Cancun with their ill son, Zach, to visit Max and allow Zach a mini-vacation before he's due for a procedure that upcoming Monday back in Dallas. When Anna overhears a disturbing phone conversation in which her husband orders that the boy be taken and to kill her and dump her body, Anna grabs Zach and flees back to the States.Leland Hollis spent a few tours i [...]

    14. I love a great romantic suspense. So when I got the opportunity to read Hard Target by Kay Thomas, I jumped on it. Hard Target keeps you on the edge of your seat as you chew through your $30 manicure! There’s action, suspense, heartbreak, and sexual tension that will have you devouring this book in one sitting.Leland Hollis character is not your typical sexy alpha ex-military guy. He’s fighting some heavy guilt over things in his past and struggling with a physical injuries that have him dep [...]

    15. Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and I put Hard Target on my Wish List for a future purchase. I ended up buying it at an author signing and was excited to start reading it. However, I found the first quarter of the book a little difficult to get into and struggled to keep on reading. Once I got past that, it picked up and the action moved right along. I liked Leland, a DEA agent on the verge of resigning after a botched assignment. As he recoups in a Dallas hotel, he considers a job offer [...]

    16. Really tried to get into this one. Started out ok with everyone in Mexico when the wife overhears her husband talking on the phone about dumping her body somewhere. That definitely caught my attention and I wanted to see how she got out of the situation. We get the general idea of what she plans to do but all of a sudden the next chapter begins with her back in the US and we're told she got money sent to her and was able to buy tickets for her and her son to get back to the states. Easy peasy. B [...]

    17. ARC provided for honest review.This book earned 3.5 stars from me! This book was really enjoyable. It tells the story of Anna Mercado and her son Zach who is very ill and needs a heart transplant. Anna's husband Max is about as horrible as they come, and Anna finds out exactly how bad when she overhears him plotting to kill her and kidnap their son while on a family vacation. Now let me introduce you to the sexy as ever hero of this story, Leland. Leland is a DEA agent who has just testified aga [...]

    18. The first book in the Elite Ops series is a fast action packed thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.Recovering from a drug bust gone wrong, Leeland wants nothing more than to rebuild his life. But when a woman and her son are threatened, he can’t ignore his instincts. When her son is kidnapped, Anna has no choice but to trust this stranger to protect her and her son deep in cartel territory.The author does a great job of conveying all the emotional turmoil of the characters [...]

    19. 4.7 Star Review - Hard Target (Elite Ops # 1)I recommend this book.I enjoyed this book by Kay. This book includes passion, laughs, heartache, kidnappings, murder, betrayal and a few gun fights.Anna Mercado is on vacation with her husband and son when she overhears her husband planning her murder and her son’s kidnapping. She goes on the run and is hiding in a hotel when he tracks her down. Leland is staying at the hotel and comes to her aid and saves her. When her son is kidnapped they team up [...]

    20. This is the first of this kind of book I've read.In many ways, it reminds me of "Romancing the Stone", but more fired up.The action as its intensity at full-throttle all the way through. The chapters are short; usually end with a new conflict development, and always develop spending time resolving some of that conflict. -- As an action/adventure story, this is well formed indeed!I certainly found it tough to put this book down.The romance is somewhat secondary to the narrative. Well, the whole s [...]

    21. Right now, I don’t know if I want to scream or cry. I don’t get this emotional with books, but I also don’t give this high rating to just any book. I believe this book is worth the highest rating that I could give it.The storyline was not too intense or too lacking. It was at the right amount to keep me, the reader, turning the pages to find out what would be next.I was on the edge of my seat turning the pages and then there was small rest spots that still had me turning the page but not b [...]

    22. I'm a sucker for romantic suspense novels, and I have to say that Kay Thomas's Hard Target novel didn't let me down. Considering this is going to be series, the start is promising.The novel centers around Leland, a former DEA agent, recently retired from the force, and Anna, mother of a 14 year old boy, Zach, and his rescue mission. They meet in Dallas, when Leland gets involved in the crisis between Anna and her husband, Max Mercado. Leland saves the day, but soon after,Zach, Anna's boy is kidn [...]

    23. Oh. My. Gawd. Okay, so it’s obvious that I’ve been bopping around different styles of romance these last couple of weeks, and I have to admit – I was in the mood for some good ole alpha romantic suspense. (Disclaimer: I received a copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review, blah blah blah.) This was SUCH a pulse pounding, stomach churning read. I want sooo much to comment on the core conflict in the book, but it would be too much of a spoiler – just suffice it to say that the moral [...]

    24. Won the book in a Giveaway. (:The book was an ordinary suspence one. However, there were a few things that differentiate it from other books in the genre.The situation of Zach's health, for instance. The bargain "suggested" to Anna by Tomas Rivera is another thing. I've never heard of such a thing.I'm glad that no harm came to any of them, like happens often in books in this genre.Of course, I always root for the couple to be together and have a happy ending.I found it a bit annoying that there [...]

    25. WOW!!! I could not put this book down once I statrted it, it took me a day and a half because of work, but I just finished it , I had the privialige to receive an advanced e-reader copy of this book, and I was not dissapointed. It had non-stop action that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to tear myself away at lunch time to go back to work. I thought about it the whole afternoon, until I could get home and finish it. I was very pleased with all the action and the simmering love story that w [...]

    26. This is a first for me on many levels. I've never read a Kay Thomas novel. I don't recall reading an Avon Impulse book. And I am not a huge romance novel lover so I rarely pick them up.Also note that I did win this in a contest. Not on though.I thought it was a pretty good book. The 'Hero' was super sexy and smart. The storyline was consistent, interesting and packed full of action. All of the characters to me were believable. I'm not gonna nit pic because it's worth it to pick up if you like a [...]

    27. Romantic suspense 4.5 stars!I have just finished reading HARD TARGET by Kay Thomas. This is the first installment in the Elite Ops series, which are ex-military men and the women that will share their lives. This is the first book that I read by Ms. Thomas. I am so glad to have won this thrilling book! Wow, this was a fast-paced suspense! It had everything I needed in a romantic suspense! I loved her characters Leland Hollis, a former DEA agent and Anna Mercado. It's a beautiful love story and a [...]

    28. After Leland's protective side gets him involved with Anna's family problems (soon to be ex-husband, child awaiting heart transplant), he slowly falls in love with the protective mother. As they struggle through their own trials, they draw closer together. I loved how the story wasn't a quick jump into bed, but showed 2 people fighting their own needs to protect a child and actually learn to love each other when they weren't looking. I also liked how the secondary characters were written into th [...]

    29. This is my first time reading this author and I am very pleased. I have found another romantic suspense author that I like. I enjoyed the characters. I really liked Leland. Anna was good too, but I found her a little unrealistic at times. I did not give this 5 stars because I was getting confused with all the secondary characters. There were too many to keep track of especially when there was no need to care about them. For the most part, I was able to figure out why they needed Anna, but there [...]

    30. I was given this book by author for honest review. Leland Hollis is a DEA agent on the brink of retiring after a bust gone bad. Over hearing Anna Mercado talking to her son when her estranged husband breaks in on them he rushes to the rescue. They survive gunfights and explosions but will they survive a mother's willingness to do anything for her child. I literally could not put this book down, Fast paced to where I had to know what was going to happen next it didn’t disappoint. I am eager to [...]

    31. Pretty good romantic suspense. The writing is spare and well done. Dialogue actually sounds as though it was written as dialogue and not just as exposition. The story of a woman in trouble, enhanced by 1 - teenage son with serious illness; 2 - burnt out DEA guy with need to help people; 3- ugly villians who stop at nothing. Even though the plot seems formulaic, it's better than that. First of the Elite Ops series, and I'll continue on.

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