Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Avenged (Hostage Rescue Team #5)” as Want to Read:
Avenged (Hostage Rescue Team #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Hostage Rescue Team #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,268 ratings  ·  82 reviews
When the past and present collide…

Taya Kostas is a survivor. She’s clawed her way back from the hell she was subjected to at the hands of an undercover agent working for the U.S. government. Since then she’s dedicated her life to preventing the same from happening to anyone else. Now her story has come full circle. She’s about to take the stand as the key federal witness
ebook, 316 pages
Published June 22nd 2015 by Kaylea Cross, Inc.
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.32  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,268 ratings  ·  82 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Avenged (Hostage Rescue Team #5)
Five years ago, Special Agent and pararescue jumper Nate Schroeder was part of a rescue effort to extract American hostage Taya Kostas from the Taliban in Afghanistan. He saved her life but it cost him dearly as he lost his partner and best friend. Now, Taya is the key witness set to testify in the trial of the terrorist who controlled the brutal group that kept her and others captive. A domestic terrorist group is determined to prevent that from happening and Nate inserts himself on the team pr ...more
SELF NOTE: I will not read this book. I remembered the Hero in this book was checking out a woman's a$$ in book 3 who was also a heroine in that book..he was hitting on her and I just have a hard time of "him claiming he never forgotten the whom he also rescued 4 years ago"...who is the heroine in this did not seem to me in the previous book that he cared for her much as went through women like flies...even though they were not together at the time, all I am thinking it the heroine will ...more
Really intense and really hot and really, really great action scenes as only Kaylea Cross can write them. I loved this book's plot, action and romance. It all worked very well. I loved the H/h backstory, it made the people they became so much more believable. How do you move on from a hell of a situation? There are many ways and each person is different in how they do it. Taya found her way, Nathan hasn't. He is exceptional is hiding his problems and is high functioning in his job with the HRT, ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-dhasg-hero
The action packed grand finale saved the book for me. Until then the story moved at a snails pace and I wasn’t really into the story. I love Nathan though. 3 1/2 stars.
4.0 RATING- I'm a fan of this series and author and thought Avenged was a nice addition. I wish the heroine and hero had more time to spend together when they weren't in danger but I guess that's the life of a featured couple in a romantic suspense story. Great writing, as usual. This wasn't my favorite of the series but enjoyable.

Note: At the time this review was posted, this book was available to borrow through SCRIBD.

To see other books available to borrow through Kindle Unlimited or SCRIBD
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Hostage Rescue Team #5
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

One Sentence Summary: Taya Kostas is prepared to testify in a terrorist case but she'll have to stay alive first; thankfully, FBI Special Agent Nathan Schroder is there to make sure that happens.

Talk about an emotional read! AVENGED touches on a lot of hard topics but I loved the way Kaylea Cross handled both Taya's harrowing experience as a hostage in Afghanistan as well as Nate's struggle with PTSD. Years before Nate was on the
Nate starts out as quite a Man-ho & in a bad place. Taya is good for him.

It would be easy to talk to her. Her quiet sincerity made him wish they could spend hours and hours together alone so he could just be in her company. She’d seen him at his lowest point and still admired him. He felt safe enough with her that he knew he could tell her he wasn’t okay, because she’d understand.

“How could you let that go?” he asked, his tone and expression incredulous. “How could you let that go after what he
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I love this series!! I absolutely LOVED Nathan Schroder and Taya. While Nathan was a tough guy, full of issues, I really enjoyed how he let Taya in and worked through his crap. Taya was the one he never forgot and it was clear that they had an incredible connection, even after being a part from one another for years. Nathan was a badass and yet so tender and sweet when Taya needed his comfort and protection.

Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kaylea-cross
Loved this. Kaylea is one of my favourite authors. Thanks for yet another great book.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this addition to the HRT series.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I did like this addition to the HRT series, which is turning out to be a very entertaining one thus far, even if Avenged really isn't my favourite. As much as I wish Kaylea Cross didn't add a typical manwhore to the mix, I did appreciate her understanding of PTSD in here and her portrayal of a civilian heroine who has it together without needing to be a kickass, take-no-prisoners military personality. ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this book - or thinking about reading this book - then I don't need to bore you with rehashing the standard format of romantic suspense novels. There's comfort in reading a book in which the standard format is followed. Here we have Nate (or Nathan) and Taya's story.

Nate rescued Taya from a hostage situation in Afghanistan several years back and while instantly drawn to her that day, it was also the same day he lost is best friend. To say he hasn't dealt with his PTSD in a hea
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avenged was unbelievably amazing!!

I loved Nathan and Taya! Both individually and together as a couple - from their history to where they're at presently in the story is a crazy beautiful and heartbreaking journey. The bond Nathan and Taya had naturally, how their relationship came full circle, how they both gave what the other needed so preciously and willingly, how there wasn't a "magic cure" with their struggles at the end but still growth and healing in their futures, but now doing that toget
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little heartbroken at the beginning of this one, I loved Nate in all the books leading up to this one, he just seemed so together and sweet, finding out his "addiction" was disappointing... (not in the book but in him) which is exactly what, as a reader, I was supposed to feel.
I loved Taya, such strength, and I love how KC makes it clear that she needed extensive therapy and help for her to work through the trauma, she didn't suddenly become all healed and normal because she's so "stron
This one started out slow for me. There was no mention of Taya or her relationship with Nate in the previous books. I would’ve liked a prologue of her time in captivity and Nathan’s rescue. Yes they touched on it in the book but maybe I would’ve felt a better connection between the two characters. I also would’ve loved for the age difference to be brought up among the Taya and Nate and not just mention. Like how about a discussion where they talked about it?? Still loving this series even if thi ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms Cross out did herself on this one. This fast paced, full of action and suspenseful romance is unbelievable. Nate is spiraling out of control. He can't seem to move on from his past. He has slept with every woman imaginable to try to mask his pain. When he is reunited with someone from his past, will she hold the key to him finally letting go? Taya is a survivor. She has learned how to move on and live with her survival guilt. She has come out of her nightmare stronger and more confident. Nate ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan and Taya's story was strong. Their background story will rip your heart out. He is on HRT and he is also the medic. He us silently struggling and then someone from his past will shake him.

Taya is a survivor who continues to put one foot in front of the other. When she is in protective custody there is an attempt on her life and she sees again the one man she has never forgotten, nor did she ever have him.

Such a good story, but I did notice there was a mistake with the coloring of his eyes
I was impressed by the heroine, she's tough in spite of all she went through. The hero is quite good too, and I liked how he feels cheap for having used sex as a coping mechanism for many years.
I didn't like the repetitions in their thoughts though, but I remember the same from other books by this author.
The plot is interesting and the final battle is graphic but well written (and that's something I love with KC).
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best one of the series!

This was easily the best one of the series - such raw emotion throughout the entire story. Both characters were so deeply developed and their attraction palatable with each turning page. The author finally addressed PTSD and didn’t romanticize it at all. Perfect book!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book in the Hostage Rescue Team series. I love the strength and loyalty of the characters and their love for each other. I love the strength in the female characters in this series as well. This book is full of suspense and action with love sprinkled in. I couldn't put it down until the last page!! A great read with a happily ever after ending, as always. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To think I almost didn't read this book because of one ridiculous review. It's sad that the person couldn't see the pain Nate was in and how much Taya helped him heal. This book was incredibly beautiful in that it shows how trauma can lead people to be stronger. @kayleacross, this book and this series is incredible. ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ripped from today's headlines comes a story both set in reality, heartbreak and love. Kaylea Cross has a unique way of pulling you into a story and holding you hostage. The characters and stories will keep you coming back for more! Recommend reading all her HRT series! ...more
Just… great! Wow. What a fascinating back-story and developed story! This one’s truly one of my favorites!

For rating and review breakdown, please feel free to read my blog review of this book at:
J.D. "Jennifer" Alexander
Love this moving forward story

I love how the characters learned to move forward from the trauma they faced. It gives me hope from trauma I have faced and the hope I too can move on.
A must read!
Tracey Warren
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Wow Schroder - Not a lot more to be said, except read it, binge read the series you won't be disappointed
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Taya's strength and her ability to break down Nate's walls. Didn't really care for how he used sex to cope but glad he got help in the end for his PTSD. ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purefluff
Nathan is such a great character and this book had a surprising amount of emotional healing involved in it, which I appreciated.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The guys and girls of HRT always leave you wanting more!
Patty Montgomery
Good read
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question N 5 5 Aug 07, 2019 05:09PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question M 5 5 Aug 07, 2019 05:05PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question L 5 4 Aug 07, 2019 12:38PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question K 5 4 Aug 07, 2019 12:35PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question J 5 5 Aug 07, 2019 10:52AM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question I 5 4 Aug 06, 2019 09:56PM  
2-3-4 Challenge B...: Question F 6 4 Aug 06, 2019 06:41PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Ruckus (SEAL Team Alpha, #1)
  • Jacob (Kings of Guardian #1)
  • Jason (Kings of Guardian #4)
  • Justin (Kings of Guardian #10)
  • Breaking Silence (Delta Force Strong #1)
  • Lycos (Guardian Security Shadow World #3)
  • Breaking Rules (Delta Force Strong #2)
  • Shielding Kinley (Delta Team Two, #2)
  • Dixon (Kings of Guardian #12)
  • Jade (Kings of Guardian #9)
  • Adam (Kings of Guardian, #3)
  • Drake (The Kings of Guardian, #11)
  • Hard Target (Cobra Elite, #1)
  • Chief (Kings of Guardian, #7)
  • Jewell (Kings of Guardian #8)
  • Cold Light of Day (Cold Justice, #3)
  • Gabriel (Guardian Defenders #1)
  • Joseph (Kings of Guardian #2)
See similar books…
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nation ...more

Other books in the series

Hostage Rescue Team (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Marked  (Hostage Rescue Team #1)
  • Targeted  (Hostage Rescue Team #2)
  • Hunted (Hostage Rescue Team #3)
  • Disavowed (Hostage Rescue Team #4)
  • Exposed (Hostage Rescue Team #6)
  • Seized (Hostage Rescue Team #7)
  • Wanted (Hostage Rescue Team, #8)
  • Betrayed (Hostage Rescue Team #9)
  • Reclaimed (Hostage Rescue Team #10)
  • Shattered (Hostage Rescue Team #11)

News & Interviews

Why not focus on some serious family drama? Not yours, of course, but a fictional family whose story you can follow through the generations of...
119 likes · 42 comments
“I got your flowers. They’re beautiful, thank you.” A gorgeous riot of Gerber daisies and lilies in a rainbow of reds, pinks, yellows and oranges.
“Welcome. Bet Duncan loved sending one of his guys out to pick them up for me.”
She could hear the smile in his voice, imagined the devilish twinkle in his eyes. “Oh, he did. Said it’s probably the first time in the history of WITSEC that a U.S. Marshal delivered flowers to one of their witnesses.”
A low chuckle. “Well, this was a special circumstance, so they helped me out.”
“I loved the card you sent with them the best though.” Proud of you. Give ‘em hell tomorrow. He’d signed it Nathan rather than Nate, which had made her smile. “I had no idea you were romantic,” she continued. “All these interesting things I’m learning about you.” She hadn’t been able to wipe the silly smile off her face after one of the security team members had knocked on her door and handed them to her with a goofy smile and a, “special delivery”.
“Baby, you haven’t seen anything yet. When the trial’s done you’re gonna get all the romance you can handle, and then some.”
“Really?” Now that was something for a girl to look forward to, and it sure as hell did the trick in taking her mind off her worries. “Well I’m all intrigued, because it’s been forever since I was romanced. What do you have in mind? Candlelit dinners? Going to the movies? Long walks? Lazy afternoon picnics?”
“Not gonna give away my hand this early on, but I’ll take those into consideration.”
“And what’s the key to your heart, by the way? I mean, other than the thing I did to you this morning.”
“What thing is that? Refresh my memory,” he said, a teasing note in his voice.
She smiled, enjoying the light banter. It felt good to let her worry about tomorrow go and focus on what she had to look forward to when this was all done. Being with him again, seeing her family, getting back to her life. A life that would hopefully include Nathan in a romantic capacity. “Waking you up with my mouth.”
He gave a low groan. “I loved every second of it. But think simpler.”
Simpler than sex? For a guy like him? “Food, then. I bet you’re a sucker for a home-cooked meal. Am I right?” He chuckled.
“That works too, but it’s still not the key.”
“Then what?”
She blinked, her heart squeezing at the conviction behind his answer. “Me?”
“Yeah, just you. And maybe bacon,” he added, a smile in his voice. He was so freaking adorable.
“So you’re saying if I made and served you a BLT, you’d be putty in my hands?” Seemed hard to imagine, but okay.
A masculine rumble filled her ears. “God, yeah.”
She couldn’t help the sappy smile that spread across her face. “Wow, you are easy. And I can definitely arrange that.”
“I can hardly wait. Will you serve it to me naked? Or maybe wearing just a frilly little apron and heels?”
She smothered a laugh, but a clear image of her doing just that popped into her head, serving him the sandwich in that sexy outfit while watching his eyes go all heated. “Depends on how good you are.”
“Oh, baby, I’ll be so good to you, you have no idea.”
“Guys said you did good today.” He made a face. He’d done his job, nothing more. God knew he’d have taken on any threat to protect Taya. “Wish I’d been able to get more out of the bastard before he went to his seventy-two virgin dating service in the sky.” 0 likes
More quotes…