I love that for once we had a strong heroine (Tatiana) who was also a very capable operative and not a damsel in distress. she was a bit insecure at time but given her past it wasn't so surprising. I love that she saved Brooks' life more than once, with the last one almost giving her life. Kind of poetic justice given how macho he was, wanting to protect her and boss her around. At times, he almost forgot that she was as capable as him. I did find him overbearing wanting to give her orders whilst he was not higher ranked that her. The whole affair during an op with the rest of the team in the house was a bit dicey but thankfully it didnt compromise their mission. The team desire at the beginning to know everything about her mission was insulting because they came to her territory and wanted to take over but good thing it worked out in the end. The reasons why I didn't give the extra star are for one because we didn't get a good physical description of either of them, nor did we learn their age. It was alluded to but it was enough to rely visualise them. The book also was a bit confusing at times. I suppose it's because the mission changed as they knew more but although the story about the artifacts was clear but how Rocco and crew ended up mixed into it wasn't that cristal. As for the original reason why the team came into Bahrain it was abandoned altogether. I know it's a series but these books are also suposed to be standalone so a little recap about the OMNI and how it came about, how it tied into this mission would have been useful. Also it was implied that the Team mission superseded hers but as for the why it was unclear. Zane being a contractor and her working for an CIA offshoot who gave the final orders? DoD, the Navy ? Who? Lastly the book was basically just one mission, it would have been interesting to see Tatiana and Brooks out of mission mode to see how they fit, with their families etc. Getting married so soon was a bit much. We didn't even learn what their long-term goals were.
I received this book as an pre release copy. I've read all of the red series, and although you can read without the red team, it may help to understand the other characters. As always, Riley's characters are fun, exciting and so real - they will make you laugh and maybe cry. I won't add spoilers, but I can say that this is sure impress you. I highly recommend Brooks, and I can not wait for the rest of the Gold Series. Brooks has the right level of comedy, suspense, hot alpha men and steamy scenes.