Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Wanted (FBI Heat #3) by Marissa Garner

Book Blurb:

For San Diego's elite FBI agents, risking their lives is standard procedure when it comes to capturing the city's most dangerous criminals - but falling in love is the greatest risk of all. 

Kat MacKenzie knows something is terribly wrong at the Diablo Beach Nuclear Power Plant, but she can't figure out if it's computer error, equipment malfunction, or human sabotage. Unfortunately, the only person she can trust with the problem is the man she left at the altar two years ago. If Dillon doesn't already hate her, he surely will once he discovers why she abandoned him.

The last person he expects to call him is the woman who broke his heart. But FBI Special Agent Dillon O'Malley can't ignore Kat's plea for help-not when national security may be at stake. As enemies become clear and catastrophe threatens, can Kat and Dillon put the past behind them to save the day and secure their future?

My Review:

In Wanted by Marissa Garner, when Kat makes uneasy discoveries at work, she turns to the one person she thinks will be able to help her - Dillon, an FBI Special Agent.  It's not that easy though, because Dillon is also the man she left at the altar two years ago.  She still trusts him and she still loves him, even if she is keeping secrets from him.  For him to help her she doesn't need to tell her secrets though...she just needs to find out what is going on at the Diablo Beach Nuclear Power Plant.  Dillon grew up in foster care and has always felt unlovable. He shuts himself off from caring, especially after how things ended with Kat.  Because he still doesn't know why they ended.  But he does know despite the betrayal and heart break she caused, he can't say no to her...not with so much at stake.  Putting the past behind them might not be so easy though, and neither will uncovering what is going on at the nuclear power plant.  Will they be able to do either or both?

The mysterious part of the plot of Wanted felt realistic, because something like what was happening seems like something that could happen!  I liked the suspense, and the slow unraveling of the why, how and who as Kat and Dillon raced to find out what was going on.

I alternately liked Kat and didn't like her all that much.  She made some significant decisions that impacted other people on her own, made a lot of assumptions, and caused a lot of hurt.  Especially to Dillon.  What made it worse was that she knew what he came from and his feelings on certain issues.  That she loves him made her actions all the more difficult for me to easily accept.  There were other parts of her I liked, personally and professionally, and she really is determined, brave, and not one to back away from some issues.  She is not perfect by any means, and that made her feel more real.  I really liked Dillon.  The way Marissa wrote his character just brought him to life and made me feel so much for him and the boy he was.  He does a lot, and he is a lot more than he gives himself credit for.  I liked that he didn't brush Kat off despite their past.  As that past comes to light with the danger that follows them, he handles it remarkably!  I think both of these characters grew a lot in Wanted, and I hoped they'd have a chance to not only uncover what is going on in the nuclear power plant, but that they'd get their second chance.

The romance and suspense in Wanted is a good mix, and both complement the other.  The pace of the story is steady and strong.   Part of Marissa Garner's FBI Heat series, Wanted can be read as a stand alone.  I'd recommend Wanted to romantic suspense readers.

4/5 stars

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