Biting the Bullet

, by Kt Clapsadl

Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
Jaz Parks #3

This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It's not our usual take them out and run; it's an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist. We're joining a Special Ops team to nail the Wizard, a major terrorist thorn in the military's side. We've never gone in with such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um . . . nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit.

To add to our problems, we're being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl's power - at any cost. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the army of demonic, soul-sucking parasites either. This is going to be a blast.

Jaz and Vayl typical missions involving taking down a target as quickly as possible, and then getting the heck outta dodge. Their current mission is a little different as they are teaming up with another team to take down one heck of a whopper necromancer called the Wizard. He's been causing mayhem for year and no ones been able to stop him. Despite this, things would be pretty simple for Jaz and Vayl if they also didn't have to figure out the Mole in the other unit that has been feeding the Wizard info. When you take into account their other problems with the reavers that are bent on revenge and the fact that Vayl's attention is straying towards someone else, that means Jaz is in for one heck of a bumpy ride.

I enjoyed the change of setting for this book. It was set overseas, fitting more into my ideas of where covert operations would be. As in the previous book, they are still working in the team format. Only this time their team also includes Jaz's twin brother David's team as well. I was happy to see them working together, even though it was incredibly strained at times due to the situations from the past. However, things are looking positive for their relationship in the future. Perhaps if David decides to forgive Jaz, then she might be able to take the first step in forgiving herself.

There was some major backtracking in the relationship between Jaz and Vayl, and I couldn't help but be disappointed. However, I do think some good might come out of this distance between them as now that she feels she is losing him, she realizes just how much he actually means. Hopefully this will give her the kick in the butt she needs to finally open herself to him. I'm not really sure what is holding her back at this point other than the fear of losing him. Yet, even if she doesn't have a fully romantic relationship with him, she would still be utterly destroyed if anything happened to Vayl. So, logically she should just make the most of whatever time they are given, and at least take the chance at happiness. 

I was really surprised at some of the twist and turns in this book as they really caught me off guard. It can be hard to write without being predictable, so when a book catches me off guard, it definitely impresses me. With each new book that I read in this series I am finding myself more and more eager to read the next, as I just cannot wait to see what happens. The characters are so full of depth that you cannot help but to feel the emotions right along with them, making this a truly fantastic series.


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