No Exit: EXIT, Inc. #2 by Lena Diaz with Giveaway

No Exit: EXIT, Inc. #2 by Lena Diaz with Giveaway

I’m still trying to get my bearings with reading romantic suspense for review, but from what I’ve experienced, Lena Diaz brings the sort of intrigue, action and characters that I enjoy. Today I have the second book in her EXIT, Inc. series, with a review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Three (3) Paperback copies of Exit Strategy, EXIT, Inc #1.  But first …

No Exit:

The second I’ve read in this series, I’m still sorting out the ins and outs of the genre itself, although I do love the characters, action and tension that weaves through this series.  An underlying common thread EXIT means they are all just dancing over the edge of rogue agents, handling the jobs that are ‘too hot’ for ordinary sanctioned actions by the government.  That alone has readers expecting action and tension, and Diaz certainly delivers with plots, subplots, agendas and the underlying truth so buried it requires an excavation.

Jace works for the Equalizers, an organization that is dedicated to unearthing the covert actions of EXIT, ostensibly to protect those who are wrapped up in situations while not truly being involved. He plans to infiltrate EXIT by using and deceiving the daughter of the CEO, Melissa. Starting in 5th gear, we’re dropped into Jace’s plan but things don’t follow his outline.

While publicly, Melissa isn’t wlling to acknowledge her father could have been involved in less than savory missions, she’s also not willing to share her own discoveries with a man she just met. These two do spark off one another, and the revelation is more of a surprise to Jace than I think he was expecting.  Jace isn’t cold-hearted or single-minded: his character is protective and caring and he manages to balance the two in such a way that Melissa can’t help but see the honorable man beneath the initial deceptions. She’s not meek either, and these two strong personalities have plenty of banter as they test one another on that journey to trust. Sparks fly a plenty, always with the threat of discoveries and being discovered along the way…

Discovering secrets, dropping in a serious twist with secondary characters, background information and a mystery puppet master pulling the strings that combine to make the story move forward apace while allowing the reader to feel they have enough information to follow along, know the characters and understand just what is going on. Well-balanced to give a nod to the first book, while still allowing readers to jump in without having experience with the earlier titles in the series. A wonderful read that kept me intrigued and thinking throughout.

No Exit: EXIT, Inc. #2 by Lena Diaz with Giveaway

Title: No Exit
Author: Lena Diaz
Series: EXIT Inc. #2
Also in this series: Exit Strategy
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062349112
Published on: 26 January 2016
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts
Pages: 384
Rated: four-stars
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Lena Diaz returns to the thrilling world of EXIT Inc., with two enemies who become unlikely allies—and discover that only through love can they save each other...

As an agent of the Equalizers, Jace Atwell will risk everything to destroy EXIT Inc., the corrupt antiterrorist group, before more innocent lives are lost. The only way to infiltrate EXIT is by getting close to the CEO's beautiful daughter, but when they get a little too close, Jace finds himself falling for the woman he is duty-bound to deceive.

Whatever clandestine activities EXIT is involved in, Melissa Cardenas refuses to believe that her father is responsible and is determined to prove it. So when sexy, smooth-talking Jace comes clean about his motives, Melissa drops a bombshell of her own: she's been investigating too—and she wants to help him find the truth.

The chemistry between Melissa and Jace is undeniable, but their opposing views of justice make teamwork tricky. With their lives on the line—and the truth something neither of them expected—the only way to survive will be to trust their hearts and each other . . . if they can.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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In response to Cyprian’s 911 call to report his daughter’s encounter with a gunman, the Boulder Police Department had sent no less than four patrol cars and an ambulance. Jace couldn’t believe the hoopla going on twenty feet away as BCP’s men in blue fell all over themselves chatting it up with Cyprian and Melissa through the limo’s open rear window.

Either the Cardenases had a lot of friends in the department, or their wealth and social position were buying them special treatment. Jace was just jaded enough to assume the latter. The whine of a winch had him looking at the flatbed tow truck pulling the wrecked Jag out of the ditch. At this rate, Melissa’s car would get off the mountain before he did. He leaned back against his Buick, waiting for BCP’s permission to leave. The police had already interviewed him. They’d made sure every t was crossed and i was dotted in his concealed-handgun permit before allowing him to keep his SIG Sauer. And they weren’t happy that he’d broken one of Cyprian’s bodyguard’s kneecaps, sending him to the emergency room. But with it being self-defense, and Melissa vouching for him, they couldn’t do much about it.

Standing here, waiting, was apparently Jace’s punishment for causing them so much trouble. At least he had his jacket back, so he wasn’t freezing. And the fact that it smelled faintly of Melissa’s tantalizing perfume, reminding him of her curvy figure and smooth silky skin, was a bonus. His attraction to her wasn’t new. But it was certainly inconvenient, and an unwelcome by-product of the time he’d spent monitoring her. If what he felt for her was just desire, he could manage it, control it, tamp it down and . . . endure being around her for as long as it took to accomplish the mission. But it wasn’t merely physical. He liked her for who she was even more than he desired her as a woman. And as hot as his blood ran whenever he saw her, that was saying something.

He admired her business acumen, her keen intelligence, how she treated her employees like equals, regardless of how far down they were on the corporate ladder. And he had an enormous amount of empathy for the tenuous position that she was in because of her father. Everything about her life was a lie. And she didn’t even know it. Or at least, he didn’t think she did. There was still that niggling doubt, that annoying voice in his head reminding him that, as smart as she was, if she wanted to hide her role in EXIT’s clandestine side, she probably could.

Jace’s current boss, of sorts—Mason Hunt—didn’t trust Melissa at all, a fact that he’d grilled repeatedly into Jace, warning him to keep up his guard until they could be sure how much she knew. No matter how innocent she might seem, for now they had to assume she was dangerous and as much an enemy as her father.

One of the BCP officers straightened from his position by the limo’s open window and motioned to Jace, then pointed down the road. Not wanting to give him a chance to change his mind, Jace slid behind the steering wheel and took off. The sight of the bullet hole in the hood scoop sent a pang of loss jolting through him. This was his baby—his jet-black 1984 Buick Grand National—a car he’d painstakingly restored over the past six years with the help of his two older brothers and his now-deceased father.

Working on the Buick had been his reward every time he’d survived another deployment. And it was the one thing that he could share with his family, with no need for any secrets between them. They’d spent countless weekends toiling on this car, sharing beers, tall tales, and deep belly laughs. And when his father’s lung cancer had him on an oxygen tank, struggling for every breath, Jace had settled him in a comfortable chair in the garage where he could rder his sons around and still feel like he was contributing to their project. This was more than a car. It was a symbol, a reminder of the people he loved and why it was so important to make this world a better, safer place. And now that cherished symbol had bullet holes in it. Jace’s hands tightened on the steering wheel. He fully intended to take the time and effort of fixing those holes out of Ramsey’s hide. And while he was at it, he’d teach him about sticking to mission plans and not pointing guns at women.


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About Lena Diaz

Originally from Kentucky, author Lena Diaz now lives in sunny northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery and suspense as well as the Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense. She loves to watch action movies and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains, though not at the same time.




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