Hide in plain sight.
For native Guatemalan Anna Navaro, nothing is more satisfying than capturing drug traffickers for the U.S. DEA. Her career has always been her focus, but just as she’s beginning to yearn for something more, she’s given a brand-new assignment with DEA agent Gabe Whitcomb. In his well-worn Stetson and boots, he’s part cowboy and part law enforcement, a combination Anna finds irresistibly sexy. But desire has no place on a job as dangerous as this one because the drug lord they’re after is the violent fugitive who killed her father.
Gabe’s worked some treacherous assignments in the past, but this one raises every alarm–and not just because his partner is a gorgeous woman with the grace of a cat and a sniper’s deadly aim. He and Anna are being sent to the Wind River Valley where he grew up–and where his adoptive parents still own a ranch just eighty miles from the Elson family, who have been recruited into the ruthless Gonzalez cartel. Posing as new ranch-owners and ingratiating themselves with the Elsons to uncover evidence, Anna and Gabe can only fight the heat flaring between them until they realize that building a life together, here in Wind River, is worth risking everything for.
Titles in the Wind River Valley series include — Wind River Wrangler – Wind River Rancher – Wind River Cowboy – Wrangler’s Challenge – Lone Rider – Wind River Lawman – Kassie’s Cowboy (#6.5) – Home to Wind River – Wind River Protector – Wind River Undercover –
(I have read this series from the start but not all were reviewed at the time. The reviews that are on KB are linked above.)
Title: Wind River Undercover
Series: Wind River Valley #9
Author: Lindsay McKenna
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: March 31, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Wind River Undercover is the ninth title in the long-running series Wind River Valley which began in 2016. I will always believe that any series is best with the background of the location, the people, and previous events when reading from the beginning – but nine books is a lot to go back for, I get that – so Gabe’s and Anna’s story could be read on its own, there are enough mentions about this world to fill you in on the general feel of the series. Yet, whether this is your first time in Wind River or your ninth, you’ll enjoy this suspense-filled, satisfying romance.
Anna and Gabe have both worked for the DEA, and they are definitely used to working solo so when this assignment is given to them both, for obvious reasons, they are hesitant about trusting someone they don’t know. Each has a very strong reason to need to bring this drug-running operation to a quick close and that, along with their attraction to each other, will override any need for lone wolf activity.
I liked both Gabe and Anna together and individually. There was no real push/pull for leadership, they both know what’s at stake and getting the bad guys behind bars is of utmost importance. As they work together as married new ranchers they will face down the villains, start to re-evaluate what they actually want from life after this case is closed, and begin to believe that the future can be theirs… if they survive. I had a good time back in this world once again. And if you love a really good Romantic Suspense with a touch of Modern Western Romance – and two likable, believable main characters, then you’ll feel right at home and enjoy Wind River Undercover.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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