Book Title: Moving Target (Tactical Solutions International) by Maggie Clare
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 225 pages
Genre: Romance / Romantic Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: Wave Equation Media, LLC
Release date: June 2022
Content Rating: R for explicit sex scenes, some violence, language.
Teagan Tate has everything he’s ever wanted, but despite his wild success as a musician and his wild popularity with the ladies, he’s lonely. Meaningless hook-ups are getting old. There is one woman he’s interested in, but she won’t give him the time of day.
Maria Ruiz has no time for men like Teag – men with a revolving bedroom door who are too cocky for their own good. Sure, he has the body of a Greek god and a sexy Aussie accent, but as head of security for his band, Maria won’t risk her professional reputation. And as a woman who’s been there and done that, she won’t risk her heart.
Things take a deadly turn when Teag is the sole surviving witness to a cartel murder. Still recovering from his injuries, he’s forced into hiding with his sexy bodyguard. As their feelings grow into something unexpected and wonderful, a ruthless killer continues to hunt Teag.
Maria and Teag must rely on each other to stay out of his crosshairs, or they risk losing each other and their chance at love.
Review: The tactical solutions team’s next assignment was security detail on the famous celebrity band. Agent Maria was reporting for duty, even though she really didn’t think much of that Aussie drummer no matter how hot he was. He was nothing but an arrogant player. But this was only a job. She was simply tasked to protect the drummer.
The writing was pretty good, vivid and rich. The author really paints a picture for you, however, the lengthy narrative made for slow reading. As is the norm, the first part of the story sets the stage with introducing the characters and setting up the scene, explaining the situation, and bringing back old characters from the previous books in the series. And this is all fine. But the thing was that it continued in this slow and steady pace. Story felt uneventful most of the time. Things really don’t pick up until the last quarter of the book when we get to see the feisty Latina agent in action. There’s some suspense and, of course, a little romance, which made it pretty good. But the read, overall, was pretty mild, I’d say.
It's a good effort. Interesting premise. It’s a fairly nice read.
Rating: 3 stars
Maggie Clare is the pen name of award-winning speculative fiction author Tabitha Lord. When channeling Maggie, she writes all the naughty things! A lover of tea, chocolate, and yoga, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband and menagerie of fur babies.
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Which Comes First?
By Maggie Clare
I’ve been asked which comes first when writing romantic suspense – the romance or the suspense? Since romantic suspense is considered a sub-genre of the romance category, I’d say the romance has to drive the story. Readers want the depth of emotion they’ve come to expect from a romance novel. They want emotional intensity, and they want the happily-ever-after. But, with a romantic suspense, they also want nail-biting intrigue and danger, so this has to be intricately woven into the tale. It’s a balancing act.
I’m drawn to writing the suspense part of romantic suspense because I also write speculative fiction. My science fiction novels especially tend to have action filled plot lines with plenty of twists and turns. Pacing, balance, and the right amount of character development all matter. I think about all these things when writing romantic suspense as well, but with these stories, we get to have sexy times as part of the package!
Of course, the hot scenes alone aren’t what make a romance novel satisfying to readers. It’s really about the characters falling in love, and their journey toward finding happiness together. When you throw in suspense elements, there are some fantastic ways to challenge those characters, discover feelings they didn’t know they had, and as is the case with Moving Target, invite those characters to grow out of their comfort zone.
The suspense side of the story often works really well as the backdrop for a blooming romance, or sometimes it can ratchet up the intensity of a relationship in progress. Whatever way the action plays out, it eventually helps push everyone toward a happy ending!
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