Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn
The D.I.R.E. Agency Series, Book 6.5
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Genre: Action Adventure, Romantic Suspense
Special Agent: Austin Rose
Objective: Make the D.I.R.E. Agency
Twelve years ago, Austin Rose silently stood by while his mother sent his brother away from home and their stepfather’s abuse. Now that he’s learned the truth behind his family’s lies, Austin is a changed man, determined to make things right with the D.I.R.E. super agent – and himself – by making the elite security agency.
A hit gone bad changed assassin, Belle Mason’s life forever. Assigned to San Diego for a D.I.R.E. agent’s wedding, she’s determined to bring down D.I.R.E. while its vulnerable, and give her sisters a new life. What she doesn’t count on is interference from the distracting, forbidden Austin Rose, or his knack for dispelling her lifelong truths.
When Austin’s chances of making the agency hinge on going undercover with Belle – literally – he’ll do whatever it takes to make the team.
But, when Belle decides to put her own life on the line, only one truth remains, and Austin won’t silently stand by…
This is the first of the D.I.R.E series I have read, and what a fun introduction it was. Although it ties into the other books, I didn’t feel, given the length of this story and the appropriate back references and explanations, that missed anything by not having read the previous stories first.
Some of the build up and detail I would have hoped for from a relationship of the intensity of Austin and Belle has been omitted or truncated, due to the length of the story. That said, it was an enjoyable, diverting and fun read.
By day, award-winning author Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered contemporary romance author. She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the world… or getting into his costume. Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing on earth more exhilarating than falling in love. A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and that country music is the other soul music.
Joni is a member of The Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America, and its Published Authors Network. She is a member of several RWA sub-chapters and has served in numerous board positions with the San Antonio Romance Authors. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies and concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
Books 1 through 6.5 in Joni’s sci fi romantic suspense series, The D.I.R.E. Agency, are available now. Look for the epic series finale, Book 7, Agent U7: Keegan coming mid 2016!