Lethal Game (Biological Response Team) by Julie Rowe
Overview by Amazon:
As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.
Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.
With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her
As I write this review I am getting caught up on Homeland before the next season starts. I love movies, books and tv shows about war. I don’t mean that I like gore and killing, but I find SEALs, military operations and spy craft fascinating. Some of my favourites are Generation Kill and Zero Dark Thirty (minus the torture scenes). That is probably why I liked this book so much. It takes place in the Middle East where a Captain is working very hard to stop the outbreak of terrorist created biological warfare.
Captain Sophia Perry is such an awesome character. I loved how difficult she was! Difficult in female characters can often mean bitchy, but Sophia is such a complex and unique character. She had endured so much in her young life and also achieved unimaginable success. Her health is so precarious that she lives her life like the clock is ticking down. What I loved so much about her was that she was able to show her vulnerability. While Con finds her straightforwardness amusing at times, I liked the sense of urgency in her tone and body.
Con has to keep Sophia safe. She is the mission and he has to prove himself to her. He wants back in the field desperately so that he can avenge his colleague’s deaths. He basically has a death wish until he meets Sophia. Her strength and will gives him the courage to put aside revenge. Con falls for Sophia but it doesn’t undermine the mission, rather it strengthens the partnership between the two.
The sexual chemistry between the two is amazing. Sophia tackles her lack of sexual experience like she tackles her work in the lab, with amusing and heated results. I loved the way the author slowly increased the intensity of the relationship between Con and Sophia. Their interludes were very hot and Con was so sexy!
The military action and the biological response was just so fascinating. I loved learning how they tackle the possible viruses that could be used as weapons. Preparing for an operation was just so interesting and all the training that the group did. The gadgets that Sophia and Con had were super cool. Her field equipment was so well researched by the author.
This was a great book! I really liked the plot, the villain and the relationship between Sophia and Con. IT was well written and the pacing was just perfect. I highly recommend picking it up!