Monday, October 17, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews - Rescue Mission by Kendall Talbot

Today I welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog to share her  review of Rescue Mission by Kendall Talbot.

Rescue Mission by Kendall Talbot

#3 Alpha Tactical Ops

Romantic Suspense

Publisher: self

Published:  10.28.22


Pages: 368

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

She’s a skilled sniper. He’s a Hollywood hunk.
But when the bullets start flying nobody is acting.

Ex-army sniper, Maya Grayson (Codename: Ghost) has pulled the trigger on many bastards. But since her military career was yanked away from her, finding her place back in the real world isn’t easy. And civilian men struggle with both her career choice and her sassy confidence.

Born into money, action star hero, Neon Bloom, has it all. Fame. Fortune. Female friends. And when he’s declared Hollywood’s Most Eligible Bachelor, his ratings and income skyrocket. So does the attention. And not all of it is good. Both his movie producers and mega-rich parents will pay any ransom, making full time guards a necessity Neon hates.

With an abandoned island resort as the backdrop for a new action blockbuster, feisty Maya is charged with babysitting the cocky playboy and their personality clash is worthy of an Oscar. But when Maya discovers the true gentleman behind Neon’s fake façade, saving him from ruthless kidnappers becomes the most important mission of her life.

Can Maya and her team save Neon? Or will this be his final act?

Fans of kick-ass heroines and cocky alpha men will love the adrenaline rush and steamy romance packed into Rescue Mission, book 3 in the Alpha Tactical Ops series!

Start reading this thrilling military romantic suspense today! No cliff-hangers, and a happily ever after guaranteed!


Sophia Rose's Review:

Each entry in the Alpha Tactical Ops series is a burst of adrenaline and a rush to the finish.  There is no taking one’s time once the book is opened and the pounding pace that rivets the reader in place doesn’t let up until the last page flutters shut.  And, this latest was no exception.


Rescue Mission is the third book of the standalone yet connected adventures in the Alpha Tactical Ops romantic suspense series.


Maya is an ex-army sniper, a cool friend, an adventure guide, and a woman with dark, disturbing secrets.  Her team can count on her and so can anyone she is on security detail to guard.  And, this includes hotter than hot Hollywood leading men who suddenly finds himself in need of a new body guard.

Maya barely has time to get off the boat on the secluded island off the Australian coast and step into the sidelines on the movie set where her new job is playing an action hero when all hell breaks loose. 

Neon Bloom has his own dark secrets and this isn’t a first attempt to take him hostage for ransom and it isn’t even the second- thus the security people.  Who is the amazing woman with steel in her eyes, a precise trigger finger, and a body that puts in the shade the perfect sculpted forms he sees in Hollywood?  They come from two different worlds, but as each moment of survival passes, he grows more determined to stick close to Maya and he can only hope she feels the same.


Rescue Mission was as pulse-pounding as the earlier entries and I loved the way Maya really shone forth as a lethal, capable, and cunning member of her team especially when she is forced to work alone protecting Neon.  She was up against trained mercs and their cold leader.  She had very little other than her wits and a bit of luck.  It was exciting, heady reading.


But, the author matches all that action with superb character and relationship development for Maya and Neon and between them.  They are reliant on each other and in the high pressure situation can share with a relative stranger what they couldn’t with people they have known much longer and this was freeing and allowed for a deeper connection to form.  They were sexy, but not stupid.  Maya kept them on track.


I enjoyed getting a few scenes with the whole team together and still putting pieces on the board to solve the mystery behind what had happened to them earlier.  The camaraderie is great and I really hope Viper, the cranky one gets his story next.


All in all, it was wow-worthy and I read it in a rush because I was into it so much.  Action and adventure loving romantic suspense fans who want the exotic locales and situations really need to take the plunge into this book/series.


Author Bio:

Kendall Talbot is a thrill seeker, hopeless romantic, virtual killer, and award-winning author of stories that’ll have your heart thumping from the action-packed suspense in exotic locations and the swoon-worthy romance.

Kendall has sought thrills in all 46 countries she’s visited. She’s abseiled down freezing waterfalls, catapulted out of a white-water raft, jumped off a mountain with a man who spoke little English, and got way too close to a sixteen-foot shark. When she isn’t writing, she’s enjoying wine and cheese with her crazy friends, and planning her next thrilling international escape.

She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her very own hero and a fluffy little dog who specializes in hijacking her writing time. Meanwhile, Kendall’s two sons are off making their own adventures – look out world.

Kendall’s book, Lost in Kakadu won the acclaimed title of Romantic Book of the Year 2014, and her books have also been finalists for Best Romantic Suspense, Best Crime Novel, Best Continuing Series, and Best New Author.

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Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.







  1. Sophia, thanks for putting this on my radar. Great review.

    1. My pleasure! I love her books and particularly the adventure plots in exotic locales. :)

  2. Read it in a rush, I know that feeling

  3. I love finding books that are impossible to put down. This sounds fantastic!