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This is an amazing addition to this romantic suspenseful series of Omega Sector with Juliet getting over her trauma and finding Evan to be her true love. Eighteen months ago when Evan and Juliet were undercover as Bob and Lisa Sinclair she had been kidnapped and raped before Evan could rescue her. It had traumatized her and she took herself out of field work and worked in the headquarters of Omega. An undercover operation came up and Evan had to take on Bob Sinclair cover again and they needed Juliet as well. Evan knows she can do it he just had to convince her that she can. This operation turned their lives around and Juliet discovered she could in fact be with Evan undercover as well as in real life. It was exciting as they retrieved the stolen military codes and took down the person who kept sending her emails while still keeping their undercover names in tack to use again. It was romantic as they discovered that they truly loved each other as well. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait to read the next release in this series of Omega Sector and the Branson family of agents.
So happy to read Juliet and Evan's HEA. Of course, they first have to deal with her brothers, her trauma from a previous incidence, going back undercover as husband and wife, while dealing with ruthless bad guys, and if all that isn't enough, they have to deal with Juliet's stalker. Evan is Sawyer's best friend and has been a family friend for years with the entire Branson clan. But, that doesn't mean the brothers will be happy when Evan wants to start dating their sister, Juliet. Dating is probably not the right word for what happens in this exciting and constantly shifting book. Excellent adventures and scrapes to get out of while trying to get their hands on what the bad guys have and are willing to sell. Enjoy the ride.
Evan and Juliet, friends growing up and agents of Omega Sector, once had a professional partnership. Tragedy changed life. Strong characters, some beloved characters from earlier books, romance, undercover work, and cyberstalking. This is a page turner and a great story. Each book in the series is strong on its own but even better when read in order. Bravo!!
Such a great read and the characters are very well written. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because the end climax scene is nearly identical to Chloe and Shane’s end climax in Survival Instinct. I thought that was bizarre. I went back and compared the books to be sure.
This book was edge-of-your-seat fantastic and emotionally wrecking. The suspense was constant and off the charts and the story was completely engaging from the first page and there is plenty of action, misdirection, surprises, and romances to balance out the story.
I loved everything about these two characters. My heart broke for Juliet and what she had suffered. It was easily understandable for her to react the way she did towards others, her feelings for herself, and the major alterations in her lifestyle, both personal and professional. That tragic event changed her life in every way and she suffered in silence daily. When she finally opened up to Evan and started to work through her trauma, it was wonderful to see him offer his support and love and help her heal. My heart hurt for Evan, too. He had known her and her brothers forever and was basically part of the family. He has been in love with Juliet for a long time and seeing her as a shell of herself, with no confidence and in constant fear and holding herself away from everyone completely wrecked him. He beat himself up over the event and felt responsible for what happened to her, the guilt weighed heavily on him. They both took a horrible hit to their own self-esteem, their faith in their abilities, and it broke the bond they had. It was sweet and wonderful to see them work their way back to each other.
The developing relationship between them was done very well. It was well-paced and believable and it was great to watch Evan help Juliet through her fears, doubts, and rebuild her self-esteem. He was kind, supportive, patient, and understanding and encouraged her in every way he could; everything Juliet needed to help her reestablish herself and overcome her fears and anxieties. *Previously published as Untraceable
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
Evan and Juliet made the perfect undercover pair. Friends since childhood, they knew each other so well that their cover as a criminal couple appeared natural and authentic to everyone they came in contact with. When an op goes bad, Juliet is traumatized and has convinced herself she can never recover.
Evan is almost as traumatized as Juliet - her assault happened on his watch and he was the one to find her beaten and abused. What is so much worse is that he has been in love with her for years, but always found an excuse to keep his feelings hidden. He was so afraid to spoil their years of friendship, but after the assault, he doesn't even have that any more.
This is book three of an action-packed and fast-moving suspenseful romance series. While characters reappear from earlier stories and are interconnected, each book can be read as a standalone. Evan, like the other male leads in the series is a strong and loving man with a strong moral center. He makes Juliet better by loving her and helping to fill in her missing parts. While a bit alpha, Evan is not so overbearing that he constricts Juliet. Juliet's character has been put through the wringer but is stronger than she believes herself to be. A great character.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
Book 3, Conceal in the Omega Sector series is definitely a much more emotional story. Evan and Juliet have some history. They have known each other since they were young, Evan is best friends with Juliet’s brothers, Cameron, Sawyer and Dylan. They were also partners until 18 months ago when Juliet was kidnapped and assaulted while working undercover together. They both are still deeply affected by it. Juliet is still part of Omega Sector, but only offering support behind the scenes. But the latest case needs both “Bob” and “Lisa”, even though Juliet does not feel ready, she knows what she needs to do.
Like the previous 2 books, this book was a page turner with so many nail biting scenes but with the added emotional twist. I actually really loved how supportive Evan was with Juliet, the trust they have with each other was really heartwarming. Another great addition to this series.
Well-done romance and terrific suspense. Evan and Juliet have known each other most of their lives, as Evan is friends with her brothers. All of them work for Omega Sector. Evan and Juliet were a great undercover team until a brutal attack left Juliet unwilling to go back undercover. She still struggles with the effects of that attack, though she puts up a good front. Evan also suffers from intense guilt because the attack happened on a mission together.
I ached so much for Juliet. What happened to her destroyed her confidence in herself and her ability to do the job she loved. She's convinced she would only be a liability if she went back undercover. Her fears were real and understandable and aggravated by something else that was going on in her life. I hurt for Evan also. He cares so much for her, and it kills him to see her so afraid. He believes that she is much stronger than she thinks, but supports her in whatever she needs. There's a terrific scene at the beginning where their boss tries to convince Juliet to go back in the field, and Evan and her brothers stand up for her wish to stay in the background. Her brothers aren't as convinced as Evan about her ability, and one brother attempted to prove his point. It didn't go well for him. And when unexpected trouble puts Evan in danger, Juliet takes a deep breath and does what she must to save him.
I loved the development of the relationship between Evan and Juliet. Evan is understanding and supportive as Juliet works her way through her fears. It helped that there was always an underlying trust in Juliet's relationship with Evan. As they prepared for their undercover roles, Evan's gentleness and patience were heartwarming to see, and Juliet's growing ease with him was encouraging. Underneath it all was an attraction that Evan tries to resist until Juliet makes it clear that she feels it too. The connection between them deepens with the intimacy and the need to rely on each other during the mission. Evan's timing for his declaration of his feelings was pretty amusing as was her reaction.
The suspense of the story was terrific. There are two things going on. The biggest is the need for Omega to keep the codes from falling into the wrong hands. A wrench was thrown into Evan's plans to go it alone when the bad guy made it clear that Evan's "wife" was to be there or there would be no deal. I was on the edge of my seat during the warehouse scene, wondering how Evan was going to get out of it. What happened was impressive and a complete shock to Evan. The intensity continued to build with the unexpected changes to the plan. Evan and Juliet's ability to adjust and adapt was fantastic. I cheered for Juliet when she dealt so decisively with the creepy son. Juliet's brilliance during the auction scene was amazing, and I loved how Evan turned it completely over to her. What happened next had me glued to the pages until it was resolved, afraid for both Juliet and Evan. I thoroughly enjoyed the way it played out.
Adding to Juliet's stress are the frightening emails that she has received. For a year she, as her undercover persona, has been electronically stalked by someone who knows all about what happened to her. He makes claims of taking care of her, providing the protection that her "husband" didn't and that he would see her soon. I ached for Juliet and her fear, and how it has made her a prisoner of those fears. I was frustrated with her for not going to anyone for help with those emails when Evan or her brothers would have jumped to help her. I was so happy when she finally opened up to Evan about what she was going through. Though Evan was certain that the emails had nothing to do with their current case, I wasn't so sure. That feeling strengthened when they were on the yacht. Though I suspected who it was from the moment he appeared, the details were pretty convoluted. I could feel Juliet's fear during their confrontation, and Evan's desperation to find her before it was too late. The teamwork displayed in finding and saving Juliet was great.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
Conceal was previously titled and published as Untraceable and recently it was recovered and re-titled so you might have read this book if you are a long time follower of Janie Crouch's. This book did not disappoint at all and it might be my favorite book in the series! Every book in the series gets better and better! It can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest you read the books in order starting with Stealth. I had such a hard time putting this book down and it had to perfect mix of action, suspense, mystery, and romance which is one of the reasons why I love reading Janie’s books.
Conceal is a friends to lovers story about Evan Karcz and Juliet Branson and their undercover personas as Bob and Lisa Sinclair, a happily married couple who buy items on the black market for their clients. As we have read in previous books, Evan is the best friend to the Branson brothers (Dylan, Cameron, and Sawyer) and fellow Omega agent. Juliet is the sister to the Branson brothers and works as an analyst, handler, strategist, and former agent. A tragic event happened on Juliet and Evan’s last mission and left Juliet’s spirit and confidence broken and battered. The book takes you through the event, the aftermath, and the repair/recovery process Evan helps Juliet through by her side. I don’t want to give too much away because you HAVE to read this book yourself to get all the details, but I absolutely loved Evan! I love how patient, encouraging, loving, and understanding he was toward Juliet and everything she has been through. His forever flame for her might have something to do with it, but its also about protecting and helping his partner and friend fight her fears and get back to the woman she was before the incident. I love how the books are a family affair and the siblings and their significant others make their appearances in each other’s books. I will definitely be sad when the series comes to an end! I highly recommend this book and the Omega Sector series. Can’t wait to read Secret and find out about Dylan’s past!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
I received this book as an ARC for an honest and voluntary review for it's re-release. First thing anyone interested in this book needs to know is that Harlequin has rebranded the Omega Sector Series with new covers and new titles. I feel this important because many of us purchased various Harlequin paperbacks over the years and search through the electronic world for books by some of our fav. authors, and sometimes I look at a book and think "hmm did I read this?" If you are a person looking at this book thinking it's familiar you probably read it in paperback. None the less it's an awesome book, IMO anything that Janie Crouch writes is awesome. She creates the right balance of romance and suspense. This series as always can be read as a stand alone or out of order. In order it makes more sense. We met both the H and h in the previous books. Juliet Branson is the sister of Cameron and Sawyer from books 1 & 2. Evan Karcz has known Juliet for-ever, he is after all Sawyers best friend from high school, and coworker to all the Bransons at Omega. In the second book Ms. Crouch hints that there is something between Juliet and Evan, but again, you don't need to read that to enjoy this one. I think of this book as the boy next door, meaning Evan has been a part of Juliet's life for so long she doesn't think he has feelings for her, and well he's had them for quite some time but she's his best friend's sister, and his co-worker. But now they are back together undercover as Bob and Lisa Sinclair, and Juliet has a lot of ghosts to deal with while they save the world from evil weapons dealers who of course only care about their profit. I hate to give too much in my reviews, but it's well worth reading for the first time or the second... and sometime I do pick up books on my kindle that I read years ago because I can adjust the print and they don't take up space :)