Happy release day to Fatal Deception by April Hunt! Thank you so much to Forever and Netgalley for letting me read this book early! This is the third book in the Steele Ops series and while I hadn’t read any of the other books in the Steel Ops series, I really enjoyed this one and I didn’t feel like I really missed out on anything by not reading books one or two.
Fatal Deception 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Roman Steele learned a hard lesson about trusting others. While serving his country, he put his faith in the wrong person and lost a leg for his loyalty. So far, civilian life suits him—as long as he doesn’t have to deal with anyone. But when he’s called in to investigate a break-in at a high-security lab, he finds himself butting heads with the lead virologist, a woman as infuriating as she is beautiful.
When criminals break into Isabel Santiago’s lab and steal a deadly virus, she’s desperate to find the culprits before they turn her research into a weapon. But first, she must put her trust in the brooding security expert who sees danger around every corner. As she and Roman race to track down the culprits, these two unlikely partners find there’s more at stake for them than they ever imagined possible—but only if they stop the enemy in time.
This is the third book I’ve read this year that’s kind of like this (about someone coming in and stealing a super contagious strain of a deadly virus in the hopes of using it as a bioweapon) and man, these kinds of romance novels are moving up as some of my favorites! They’ve got the perfect mix of science, action, drama, and romance and I love them! I liked Isa as a main character- she was so intense and smart and I loved that. I liked Roman a lot too- he was so sweet, but he tried to hide that sweetness behind a gruff exterior and it was great. I also really liked how they had Steel Ops as the basement level under their bar- I thought that was clever and honestly, it makes me want to go read books one and two now haha. The plot itself moved really well and I didn’t realize who our villain was until our characters found out who our villain was! I highly recommend this book.