Review – No Exit (EXIT Inc. #2) by Lena Diaz

January 26, 2016 Review 3

Review – No Exit (EXIT Inc. #2) by Lena Diaz

Lena Diaz returns to the thrilling world of EXIT Inc., with two enemies who become unlikely allies—and discover that only through love can they save each other...

As an agent of the Equalizers, Jace Atwell will risk everything to destroy EXIT Inc., the corrupt antiterrorist group, before more innocent lives are lost. The only way to infiltrate EXIT is by getting close to the CEO's beautiful daughter, but when they get a little too close, Jace finds himself falling for the woman he is duty-bound to deceive.

Whatever clandestine activities EXIT is involved in, Melissa Cardenas refuses to believe that her father is responsible and is determined to prove it. So when sexy, smooth-talking Jace comes clean about his motives, Melissa drops a bombshell of her own: she's been investigating too—and she wants to help him find the truth.

The chemistry between Melissa and Jace is undeniable, but their opposing views of justice make teamwork tricky. With their lives on the line—and the truth something neither of them expected—the only way to survive will be to trust their hearts and each other . . . if they can.

Title: No Exit
Author: Lena Diaz
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Exit Strategy
Series: ,
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: January 26th 2016
Genres: Military Romance, Suspense
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
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Lena Diaz

We all know that the second installment to series are rarely better than the first, but this one blows the first out of the water…and I LOVED the first one. I have to give the author credit. This is the second book of hers that I’ve read that there is non-stop action on every page. Yes, every page. So if you’re a skimmer, don’t do it with this one. You’ll miss something important, guaranteed.

As with the first installment, we’re immediately thrust into a high stress situation where the lead female, Melissa, is being chased off a mountain. But it’s not the typical chase; at least that’s not what it’s supposed to be. We as readers are thrown a twist in the first Chapter. Yep, I said it. Don’t worry though. It won’t be the first twist, turn, and jaw dropping moment in this.

Jace is a member of the Equalizers who are still trying to take down Cyprian Cardenas and his “behind the scenes” company. Turns out that Cyprian’s daughter runs the “front” part of the company, completely blind to what her father is really up to. Unfortunately, Jace has the task of getting to know Melissa in order to find a way to take her father down.

There is absolutely no way for me to write this review without some sort of spoilers, so I’ll keep the good ones to myself. Obviously there will be chemistry between Jace and Melissa because, well, because. What you’ll find out is that Melissa isn’t the typical innocent girl. She’s been through a lot and can totally hold her own. Now wonder Jace falls for her, right?

Since there are so many twists and turns and so much awesome action, the romance department isn’t on the top of the list. But the action scenes and “who done it” feel kept me so captivated that I found it very hard to put down, even when I had to. I highly recommend this to any suspense, action, military reader and it CAN be read as a stand alone….but why would you?

LoveSwept

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Avon Romance Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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LoveSwept
Excerpt

But before dealing with his out-of-control partner, he had to give a long overdue situation report to the kid that Mason Hunt had left in charge of their headquarters while the rest of the Equalizers were out of town on other missions—the most recent addition to the team, Devlin Buchanan’s baby brother, Austin.
Having never been to the Equalizer’s headquarters, even though he knew where it was, Jace had yet to meet Austin in person. And he knew very little about him except that he’d recently gotten out of rehab. For what, Jace had no idea. What he did know was that every time he’d spoken to Austin on the phone, he came away with a sour taste in his mouth. The twentysomething-year-old kid had a prickly attitude that rubbed Jace every way but right. He braced himself for another unpleasant conversation and set his phone in the console on speaker mode.
“This is Jace, calling in the sitrep.”
“It’s about damn time,” Austin’s gravelly voice bit through the phone.
“What’d you do, take a side trip down the Colorado River? You should have called an hour ago.”
“Where’s Ramsey?” Jace was determined not to rise to the bait.
“Wasting my time and making me wait, just like you. He hasn’t bothered to report in.”
Probably because he didn’t like Austin any more than Jace did. Or maybe because he didn’t want to admit he’d screwed up.
“I imagine Ramsey’s reluctant to face us after his showboating. And he got way too serious with his role as bad guy, waving a gun around and shooting at me. He risked being recognized when he got out of the van, and now my classic muscle car looks like Swiss cheese.”
“Hold it. What are you blathering about? Ramsey got out of the van? And shot at you?”
Blathering? Was this kid a jerk to everyone, or did he pull out the special treatment just for Jace?
“That’s what I said. It’s only through luck and the grace of God that no one got hurt.”
The sound of typing echoed through the phone. “Yadda, yadda. Whatever. Back it up. Tell me exactly what happened. And make it quick.”
“Are you always a jackass, or is this a side effect of your stint in rehab?” So much for not letting the kid get to him.
“Bite me, Atwell. Tell me what I need to know.” Jace reined in his temper and answered Austin’s questions. “In spite of Ramsey’s escapades, everything worked out, even better than hoped. I’m supposed to report to EXIT Inc. tomorrow morning to see about at me. He risked being recognized when he got out of the van, and now my classic muscle car looks like Swiss cheese.”
“Hold it. What are you blathering about? Ramsey got out of the van? And shot at you?” Blathering? Was this kid a jerk to everyone, or did he pull out the special treatment just for Jace?
“That’s what I said. It’s only through luck and the grace of God that no one got hurt.” The sound of typing echoed through the phone. “Yadda, yadda. Whatever. Back it up. Tell me exactly what happened. And make it quick.”
“Are you always a jackass, or is this a side effect of your stint in rehab?” So much for not letting the kid get to him.
“Bite me, Atwell. Tell me what I need to know.” Jace reined in his temper and answered Austin’s questions.
“In spite of Ramsey’s escapades, everything worked out, even better than hoped. I’m supposed to report to EXIT Inc. tomorrow morning to see about a job. Looks like I’ll be the inside mole for the next few days, or weeks, or however long it takes to bring EXIT down.”
“Time-out, genius. Something isn’t right. Ramsey’s not the type to do what you said he did. He wouldn’t go off half-cocked.” Jace sat up straighter, his irritation forgotten in lieu of the alarms that were starting to go off in his head. “I’ve only known him for a few months, so I can’t predict his behavior. How long have you known him?”
“Long enough. Plus I’ve got detailed files on all of the Equalizers. And I’m telling you this doesn’t fit his profile. Are you sure he’s the guy you saw?”
A cold feeling of dread settled in the pit of Jace’s stomach. He checked his mirrors and pulled to the shoulder of the road. Then he tried to picture Ramsey, superimposing him over the image of the gunman. At first blush, they matched up: about six feet tall, muscular build, Caucasian—something he was certain of because the gunman hadn’t worn gloves. And there was nothing remotely female about those hands or the person who owned them, so he discarded the possibility that the person underneath that ski mask could be a woman. But had the gunman been standing up straight? Or had he hunched down against the cold? If so, he could be even taller than six feet, opening up more possibilities about his identity. But if the gunman wasn’t Ramsey, who was he? And where was Ramsey?

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