Savage Secrets (Titan #4)
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Date of Publication: February 27, 2014
Caterina Cruz has no home. No loyalties. No objection to exacting torturous revenge. Her life’s mission is to destroy the terrorist who murdered her family. Then she steps into an elaborate game of charades alongside a Titan Group operative posing as an arms dealer—and her newlywed husband. The sexy distraction may be more than she can handle.
Attacked with a psychedelic drug weeks before, Rocco Savage is plagued with hallucinations that threaten his new rank as Titan’s second-in-command. No one knows and he wants to keep it that way. Throwing him further off his game, he now has a wife with her own secrets he can’t crack and an agenda he can’t control.
Their mission—an elaborate deception of heated glances and passionate kisses—spins out of control. With Rocco’s mind already compromised, can he keep his secret and his distance? And with Caterina’s tragic past controlling her every move, can she keep the con up long enough to secure her revenge? Or will both go down in flames?
First – anyone who reads this needs to be aware of a trigger event in there. Some might consider this a spoiler, I’m sorry, but I think anyone who wants to read this should be aware that there is a rape in this book played out on the pages in vivid, horrifying color. It fits the story, but it’s there and some people might react to it. I didn’t have a problem reading the scene overall, but I was stunned as I read the brutality. I’m not used to authors being that brave. A big kudos to Ms. Harber for what she puts on the page.
Now, that said, on to the review. I gave this book 5 stars and love it just like I did the other books in the Titan series (I haven’t read the novellas and I think I’ve missed one book). I can’t get enough of this series.
The heroine Caterina has had some pretty bad things happen to her and they have formed the core of who she’s chosen to become. I like that she doesn’t shy away from the fact that she is an interrogator (read here tortures people for information) and isn’t ashamed of what she does/has done. It’s in the name of ultimately avenging her family’s death, and cleaning the blood she feels is on her hands for that death. I like the scars that she carries (not that she has them, mind, but how she deals with them).
Rocco – He’s just as badly damaged in his own way and, again, is not ashamed of what he does for a living. I like his absolute love of Cat’s accent and how just hearing it is enough to turn him on. This is strangely a case where the insta-lust thing didn’t bother me. These two are hot for one another from the first time they meet even though it takes them a bit (not too long) to actually given in to the passion.
These guys are after the terrorist The Dog Killer (the guy comes by the nickname honestly – he was crossed and killed everybody in the family, right down to the family dog) before he can pull of a huge coup and attack Big Ben (or so they think for much of the book). This leads Cat and Rocco to pose as a married couple, where the husband is an influential arms dealer to get close to The Dog Killer (yes, I like the name, heh).
I simply couldn’t put this book down and had to gulp it down as fast as I could turn the pages on my Kindle app. Ms. Harber is superb when it comes to her pacing and her passion. Nor does she shy away from potentially sensitive material (the aforementioned rape), and she allows the rape victim to be severely scarred emotionally by it throughout the rest of the book. There is no instant healing of the victim.
Seriously people, buy this book. It’s worth it (and, for what it’s worth, it pretty much stands on its own even though it’s part of the Titan series).
5 stars without a moment’s hesitation.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.