FATAL PURSUIT is Book 3 in the Aegis series by Elisabeth
Naughton. This book features the head of Aegis Security,
Zach Ryder, and Marley Addison, his assistant. This romantic
suspense is full of thrills and chills, but does
require some hefty suspension of disbelief in parts.
I loved Books 1 and 2 in this series, but I feel tepid
about Book 3, FATAL PURSUIT. While I enjoyed much of the
storyline, I think the characters leave a bit to be desired.
Marley has the skills to be an agent, but left her father's
security firm after her father wouldn't allow her to work in
the field. Marley has been working for Zach and his Aegis
Security firm for 3 years, but Zach is still prohibiting her
from working outside of the office because she's a woman,
despite the fact there is a another female agent the
firm is already using in the field. Zach is a jerk
throughout almost the entirety of the book. We do get the
big reveal of the past trauma that has made him so gun shy,
but knowing his psychological trauma does not excuse his
dreadful behavior. He grovels a little at the end,
and Marley takes him right back. I would prefer to see him
grovel a lot more, and earn his way back into Marley's arms.
Marley gets a call from a previous boyfriend, Gray, an
operative from her dad's firm that she believes was killed
on a mission 5 years ago. She takes off to Columbia to
rescue Gray from a mysterious threat. Zach follows to
assist her because he believes she is incapable of
operating successfully on her own. They are quickly thrown
into danger, and must act together to rescue themselves and
Gray. Their forced closeness leads to sexual sparks that
quickly envelop them, but seem to burn out. Or do they?
In typical romantic suspense fashion, there are a number of
implausible situations that keep the tension ratcheted
throughout the book. Best enjoyed by letting yourself enjoy
the craziness, FATAL PURSUIT brings together a competent but
rather doormat-y heroine with a grumpy and aloof hero,
wrapping things up with a quick happily ever after at the
last minute. Since I loved Books 1 and 2, I'm keeping my
fingers crossed that the next in the Aegis series will once
again bring a smile to my face.
Five years ago, Aegis Security op manager Marley Addison’s
lover died in a South American raid gone horribly wrong…or so
she thought. When she receives a phone call telling her that
he is still very much alive and in danger, she vows to bring
him home safely, even if Aegis CEO and former Navy SEAL Jake
Ryder has kept her out of the field for the last few years.
Then Jake shows up in Colombia to help her, leaving Marley
annoyed…and more than a little distracted by her alarmingly
As things between Marley and Jake heat up in the wilderness,
they discover their rescue mission is filled with treachery.
Now the domineering Jake has to rely on Marley for survival.
But can she depend on him when their mission takes a shocking
and deadly turn?
Fatal Pursuit is the pulse-pounding third book in Elisabeth
Naughton’s scorching Aegis series.