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Secret Investigation

by Elizabeth Heiter

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Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter
2nd book in the Tactical Crime Division series by multiple authors. Harlequin Intrigue FBI series. Can be read as a stand-alone.
Protective armor failed in a military training mission putting Petrov Armor in the crosshairs of the FBI. CEO Leila, after being cleared, helps Davis Rogers investigate from within the company to find who is responsible for the inferior products.
Davis hasn’t worked undercover in the past and finds himself drawn to Leila when he should have been objective.

Gripping and fast moving action. A who-done-it style of finding the guilty party.
Zero sexual tension beyond one shared kiss which seems tame for Harlequin but with the constant twists and investigations made sense. Happy there was an epilogue to put the HEA on all the drama.
I want to know more about secondary characters Zane and Melinda who both have deep backstories we only get a piece of here. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | Apr 3, 2021 |
Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter is a fast-paced suspense novel. It is the second novel in the Tactical Crime Division series. Each book in this exciting series can be read on its own. This novel has strong characters and plenty of action. Romance does develop between our primary characters and I like that it builds slowly. I appreciated that there were not passionate love scenes (I am not into intimate scenes in books). I like the suspense and danger in this story. I find it intriguing. Readers will enjoy trying to identity of the bad guy (depending on your sleuthing level on how soon you figure out this whodunit). I liked that there was more to the mystery than just defective armor. There is danger, suspense, romance, and action in this intriguing tale. I found Secret Investigation to be a captivating story that was over far too soon. Secret Investigation will have you quickly turning the pages to see what happens next. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jan 1, 2021 |
The spectacular failure of supposedly-powerful, ultra-strong, bullet-stopping full body armor leads to the deaths of a group of soldiers and launches an investigation by the FBI’s Tactical Crime Division. Petrov Armor, once a supplier of both guns and armor, has shuttered their gun division and now, under CEO Leila Petrov, focuses solely on body armor . . . the same body armor worn by the doomed soldiers.

Still reeling over the death of her father during a mugging gone wrong some three weeks earlier, Leila struggles with the fact that the defective body armor came from her company and has trouble believing that Petro Armor harbors a traitor. Nevertheless, she agrees to an undercover FBI agent coming into the company to investigate. Davis Rogers, determined to find the traitor responsible for the defective armor that led to the death of his friend, Jessica Carpenter, assumes a position as Leila’s assistant.

As Davis searches for the culprit responsible for the horrific deed, will he find a traitor? And what other secrets does Petrov Armor hold, waiting for Davis to discover?

In this, the second in the multi-author Tactical Crime Division series, the twisting plot takes readers in surprising directions as new revelations emerge. Strong, well-drawn characters populate the story; they, along with the fast pace and a touch of romance all work together to keep the pages turning. A parallel investigation with other agents looking into the Petrov gun distribution keeps the tension pulsating while danger builds the suspense and pulls the reader into the telling of the tale from the very first page.

Although a sub-plot involving other characters [waiting for the next story?] is not fully resolved, this stand-alone tale is sure to satisfy readers who will find the action-packed story a worthy addition to this new series. Double crosses, plot twists, derring-do, and adventure are the hallmarks for this difficult-to-set-aside tale that keeps readers guessing until it reaches its perfect conclusion.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 8, 2020 |
Fantastic story that gripped me from the first page to the last. FBI agent Davis Rogers was devastated to learn of the death of a friend of his when her unit's body armor failed. When he learns that his team will investigate the manufacturer, he wants in on the assignment. He is determined to bring the traitor to justice.

CEO Leila Petrov was horrified to discover that her company's armor had failed so badly. She is more than willing to give Davis unlimited access during his undercover operation. She is also determined to be part of the investigation.

Sparks flew between Leila and Davis from the beginning. Part of it was Davis's certainty that someone at Petrov was a traitor against Leila's refusal to believe that anyone at her company would do something so heinous. The other part was the attraction that flared between them. Unlike some romantic suspense stories, both Davis and Leila are aware of the complications that could arise if they give in to their attraction. I liked the way that they got to know each other, admitted to their feelings, yet still managed to keep things professional between them. There was a little trouble with trust between them near the end when they butted heads over the likely suspects. Both had to take a good look at whether love could overcome those momentary lapses. I liked seeing them come together at the end, ready to move toward a future with each other.

The suspense of the story was fantastic. Davis is driven to discover the truth behind his friend's death. Leila will do anything she can to prevent any more deaths. Leila is working at a slight disadvantage, having only recently taken over as CEO from her father. Some employees feel she isn't up to the job, especially after she ended their weapon manufacturing to concentrate solely on armor production. As the investigation progressed, Davis and his team discovered that the problem was much bigger than they suspected. The more they learn, the narrower the suspect pool becomes. The number of twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end. Every time I thought I knew who it was, something would point to someone else. Then someone else would move to the top of the list, then back to the first person. I was a little disappointed in Davis because I thought that he allowed his personal feelings to influence him a little more than he should have regarding one suspect. The final confrontation was intense, with an unexpected resolution.

There was also a secondary part of the investigation pursued by Kane, the undercover specialist, and Melinda, the profiler. Kane is a loner, as most undercover operatives are, and doesn't appreciate being paired with Melinda, who sees him more clearly than he likes. There are sparks between them, in equal parts antagonism and attraction. Both of them make mistakes that nearly get them killed. It will be interesting to see if they show up again in later books. ( )
  scoutmomskf | May 26, 2020 |
Secret Investigation takes on an intriguing case of faulty body armor and a family-owned business with lots of secrets. The plot is solid, with some good twists, though there are times you have to suspend belief a bit regarding the way the investigation plays out.

I wasn't crazy about the romance between Davis and Leila. For me, there was way too much fawning and swooning between the two, especially given their positions as an experienced FBI agent and a company CEO. Aside from the physical attraction two people might feel when meeting, I didn't see enough between them to create the intense bond and insta-love reaction.

Still, the story and cast of characters held my interest throughout.

This is the second book in the four-book Tactical Crime Division series. Each book features different members of the team, and the plots aren't connected, so it reads perfectly as a stand-alone.

*I received a review copy from Harlequin Intrigue, via NetGalley.* ( )
  Darcia | May 10, 2020 |
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