cover image Shoot to Thrill

Shoot to Thrill

Nina Bruhns, . . Berkley Sensation, $7.99 (344pp) ISBN 978-0-425-22905-7

Bruhns (Killer Temptation ) makes a successful move from category romance with this fast-paced thriller. Beautiful, capable ER nurse Lorraine “Rainie” Martin never fully recovered from the death of her parents in a carjacking. At a speed-dating event, Rainie falls hard for a dark and dangerous stranger who whisks her away. Expecting a night of passion, Rainie instead learns that Kick Jackson is dodging his employers at the CIA and detoxing from Oxycontin. When the government catches up to them and forces Rainie to join Kick in fighting terrorists in Egypt, she must battle her fear of travel and help Kick overcome addiction. Readers focused on the lovers' powerful chemistry will happily gloss over the hilariously implausible action scenes. A subplot involving Rainie's friend Gina and a sexy CIA operative is left hanging, presumably for a sequel. (Aug.)