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  • Mass Market Paperback: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006229086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062290861
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,697,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I didn't grow up burning to be a writer. As a child I wasn't even much of a reader until fourth grade. That's when I was stuck at home with the flu and my big sister read THE BLACK STALLION aloud to me. For hours I was enthralled--shipwrecked in a foreign land and riding an untamed horse across the hot desert sand. Then tragedy struck. My sister lost her voice. (I think she caught my flu.) But I couldn't wait to hear what happened to Alec Ramsey--so I picked up that book, finished reading it by myself and went in search of more adventures at the local library.

My debut novel, BETTER THAN BULLETPROOF (January 2009) was a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient, a 2010 Readers' Crown finalist and a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nominee. My fourth Intrigue in the Bulletproof series, BULLETPROOF HEARTS (April 2011), won the 2012 HOLT Medallion in Short Contemporary and was a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards. In addition to the UK releases, my books have been published in the US, Estonia, Australia, France and South Africa.

For excerpts, book trailers and more please visit my website at www.KayThomas.net

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Feb. 2014
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Read via local elibrary. What a fantastic, different, action packed, fast paced, gripping story. Did find anna a bit dim when confronted with danger. Leland and friends, great. There was some repetition and discrepancies but not enough to detract from this awesome book. Look forward to rest of series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Douglas on 31 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent military romance book..it kept me enthralled from start to finish and I can't wait to read the next book in this series keep your books coming Kay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Romantic Suspense 20 Nov. 2013
By Barbara Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 stars
Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres, and Kay Thomas’ Hard Target has all of the elements of this genre that appeal to me and make the Elite Ops series one I plan to follow.

Thomas has created a compelling plot with mystery, suspense, and romance that increasingly builds in complexity and tension and is chockfull of action, which made this a fast and engaging reading experience. I had a difficult time finding a stopping place because I was so eager to see what twists and turns were waiting for Leland and Anna in their endeavors to rescue Anna’s son, Zach.

DEA agent LeLand Hollis is a swoon-worthy hero, a born protector who is unable to walk away from a “damsel in distress” when he inadvertently gets in the middle of Anna’s crisis with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Max Mercado. Leland has just resigned from the DEA and is still reeling from a disastrous failed bust that has left him physically injured, emotionally scarred, and uncertain about his future. He now questions his ability to intervene and keep others safe when necessary. Although Leland struggles with how involved he should become in Anna’s predicament, his honor and sense of responsibility won’t allow him to just walk away from Anna until her son is found. Furthermore, Leland has suspicions that some of his personal enemies may somehow be involved in the kidnapping of Anna’s son.

Anna Mercado is a wonderful, devoted mother to her gravely ill son, Zach and is willing to do whatever is necessary to find him and get him the medical attention he needs. I was even surprised by the lengths she’s willing to go to so her son can live longer. Her unconditional love is just one reason Leland becomes attracted to her since he didn’t have that same kind of love growing up.

Although Anna is aware that her husband wants her dead, both she and Leland aren’t certain that Max is behind Zach’s kidnapping after Anna gets a ransom note. Leland turns to Gavin, his former DEA partner who has just started his own personal security business for help. One of the best aspects of the book is following Leland and Anna as they journey deep into Mexican cartel country to find Zach and discover who is behind his abduction. Although Thomas subtly foreshadows the abductor’s motivations, the truth is still almost too shocking to fathom.

In the midst of all this danger, Leland and Anna turn to each other for physical and emotional comfort. Although neither one plans for any serious attachments, their attraction and need for each other continue to grow as the story progresses. There are a few steamy love scenes that show two desperate people clinging to each other for hope when they feel their world is crumbling all around them.

Thomas introduces readers to other characters who are part of Gavin’s security company and who will play key roles as the series develops. In addition, she sets up the next storyline before the resolution of Hard Target that has piqued my curiosity, and I’m anxiously waiting for Nick’s story, which is next – and based on the excerpt I read, it looks good!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
DEA Rescue 14 Nov. 2013
By BeanieBrain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book by author for honest review. Leland Hollis is a DEA agent on the brink of retiring after a bust gone bad. Over hearing Anna Mercado talking to her son when her estranged husband breaks in on them he rushes to the rescue. They survive gunfights and explosions but will they survive a mother's willingness to do anything for her child. I literally could not put this book down, Fast paced to where I had to know what was going to happen next it didn’t disappoint. I am eager to dig into book 2 hopefully soon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mayhem 1 Aug. 2014
By DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you enjoy mystery, intrigue, drama, etc....you will enjoy this story.... Leland, a DEA agent, recuperating from an injury.....Anna & her son, Zach on the run from her abusive husband....they are thrown together by circumstances not of their making. Leland chooses to protect her & her son..... evil is lurking at every turn.....cartels & factions fighting each other for control & plans to use Anna & her son for an edge. The son is waiting for a heart transplant, he is kidnapped to draw the mother out.....their blood type is rare & there is someone else with their blood type in need of a transplant..... a kingpin wants Anna to sacrifice herself so her son & his wife may live......after calling in some favors, Leland gets help to protect them, mayhem & chaos ensue. After getting mother & son safely away from captivity, the son is flown back to the states, receives a donor heart & is doing fine. Leland has been recovering from his injuries & withdrawal from pain killers.....now he plans to tell her in person of his feelings....then evil once again rears it's head at the hospital. Leland takes 'care' of the situation..... Now their new feelings can be explored !!!
There is still one kingpin who has survived, an agent who is unaccounted for, now AEGIS security must find the answers.
Recommended reading.....waiting for the next story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoy!!! 29 Dec. 2013
By rie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Loved it... A good read! Can't wait for the second one in this series. Now I want to go back and read the other books Kay Thomas has written.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good 5 Dec. 2013
By Mimi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book had a lot of action with little sex. Very good and different with it having story about medical care and drugs that bad
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