Some fears haunt you forever until they become reality.
As the ballistics and weapons expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon knew the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets -- which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper -- and always feared they would eventually end up in the wrong hands.
When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear the ammunition has been stolen, and Rick's greatest fear has come true. As the lead agent on the investigation, he needs to find the thief before the technology ends up in the wrong hands. The only witness to the murder is Olivia Dobbs, who happens to be the victim's therapist, well known for her success in counseling veterans with PTSD, which also makes her a suspect.
Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't -- no, he won't -- let Olivia compromise his investigation. But when the sniper they're trailing trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine to make sure the net bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes out Olivia.
Eeeeppp!!! I'm even more in love with this series now that I've read book two. Let me say straight off that Kill Shot reads fine as a standalone, but I'm guessing once you've read it you will want more of the White Knights so you'll be hunting down the first book, Fatal Mistake, while anxiously waiting for the next one to come out.
Mind you -- if you are a White Knights fan, you'll probably get a thrill out of this sweet observation: "Since Cal's recent marriage, he'd lost some of his intensity. Not on the job. He was still a guy who had the team's back and they could count on him. He just smiled a heck of a lot more now, and it was contagious." (p 10) Squeeeaaallll! Now doesn't that make you want to read the first book to find out what all the grinning is about? :-)
Which brings me to something that I really love about this series. Sleeman takes the time (and the pages) to really let us get to know all the team members. It's there in the teasing and banter as well as in the on-the-job grittiness that binds these professionals together. All of them are ex-military, each one bringing something special to the team and they are called in on the tough cases. Like the kind Olivia finds herself in the middle of.
And that's when things really get complicated. Because Rick, well..."He really was a good-looking guy if you went for the big, macho type who seemed to steamroll everyone in his path." (p 51) Definitely not Olivia's type. At all. So why then, does she have to constantly keep her guard up when Rick is around? The romance is divine. It's slow and steady -- a one step forward, two steps back kind of connection since both Rick and Olivia have issues in their past and a relentless killer to dodge. I love how their relationship didn't feel rushed. How the author gives it equal page time. There are snippets even in the suspense threads.
And here's yet another thing that I love about this novel -- there's a real balance between the action and procedural aspects of the investigation. It's not all cloak-and-dagger-dodging-bullets. I feel like I got a realistic glimpse into actual casework and I was scrambling for answers right along with Rick and his team.
If you loved Dee Henderson's O'Malley series and/or Dani Pettrey's romantic suspense you will definitely want to read Susan Sleeman.
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