Outside of Titan Group, there are few people that Roman Hart would die for. He’s a soldier, a protector, and he’s haunted that one of the people he should’ve been able to protect didn’t let him. That was years ago, and now a hardened heart and a cocky attitude are his impenetrable shields, until one woman—one challenge—drives him to distraction.
On the outside, Beth Tourne has it all. Luxury car, gorgeous condo, and a job partying with the rich and famous. It’s a plush CIA cover, but she wants more. Anything for an adrenaline rush that can override her guilty numbness and let her forget the tragedy she never saw coming.
Their scars make them perfect operatives. Their mirrored pasts give them deep, wounded reasons to stay alone. But the more they ignore the tension, the more vulnerable they become. Survival means trust. In one another, behind closed doors, and on the job. The only way they’re making it out alive is if they find peace while waging a war.
Hart Attack is a solid Cristin Harber novel. It has all of the elements we come to expect: danger and intrigue, a hot guy who doesn’t need to fall in love, a strong woman who is the only one who can change his mind, lots of steamy sex, and all of the characters we already know and love. Hart Attack opens with Roman and his team returning from a mission, with all but him having someone to go home to. He’s never really wanted that until now. And he realizes the one he wants to go home to is his sister’s best friend, Beth. They’ve been dancing around their mutual attraction for a year, but haven’t done anything about it. Until now.
And as I’ve come to expect from Cristin Harber, it’s not an easy transition. Beth has deep wounds as does Roman. They’re both coming to terms with what those mean to themselves and their ability to let someone into their lives. Their path to happiness is winding, detoured, and messy which only makes it more satisfying when they get there.
The main plot is good. It’s the ebb and flow of Roman and Beth’s relationship and it works. Well. I love that we get enough sweet moments to offset the darker themes throughout. The CIA subplot is also really strong. But once again, I think the story suffers from one point-of-view too many. I saw what should have been a shocking twist coming because of that POV. I think that pivotal scene would have been jaw-dropping without that additional insight.
We have more of the special ops for hire in the Titan group, but what really stood out to me is the world of the CIA. We go deeper inside than we did with Garrison’s Creed. Understanding cover stories and how they play into a particular operation and how the persona for the job can hide the person inside was fascinating. We also get a crash course in handlers and how they rotate based on the operation. I don’t know if any of this is how it really works, but Cristin Harber makes it so believable that it doesn’t matter if it’s not even close. Because unless you’ve been a CIA operative, there’s no way to really know the inner workings of the Agency and if you did and revealed it in a novel, they’d probably have to kill you.
Because we’ve known Roman all along, it’s great to finally get to see his story, understand what makes him tick. He’s long been one of my favorite Titans. I mean, as Nic’s older brother and Cash’s best friend, he already had two checks in the plus column. And I loved Beth coming into this, but she got on my nerves a few times in Hart Attack. I like the fun-loving Beth more than the deeply wounded Beth, but I think that’s how life is. How many people are just the face they put forth for the world to see? The fact that Roman could see through her party-girl exterior to the woman beneath and still cared is part of what makes him so awesome. I don’t dislike Beth, but there were definitely times I wanted to shake some sense into her.
Top Five Things I Love About Hart Attack
1. Beth’s spunky personality when she’s not brooding or being self-loathing.
2. The world of CIA operatives and their handlers.
3. The moment on the helicopter after a pivotal scene when Beth reveals her deepest feelings.
4. The Cash-Roman-Nic chemistry is still there, strong as ever.
5. Jared and Sugar’s bet.
Hart Attack is another fantastic installment in the Titan series.
I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Hart Attack
Series: Titan #5
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author.
Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.
She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.