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Viable Threat

(Outbreak Task Force #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he ca ...more
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Published May 22nd 2017 by Entangled Publishing (Select Suspense)
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bella farren
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, romance, alpha-males
5/5 stars

I received this advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair and honest review from Entangled Publishing via netgalley.

First of all, let's just appreciate the utter art that is this cover. I think I was drooling the first time I got a look at it.

This book was such a fresh breath of air for romance, it was filled to the brim with intelligent characters (including high ranking, fabulous women) and the plot was wrapped around a biotech terrorist attack that had me on my toes the entire
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
During a biochemical attack lead by a psychopathic killer, microbiologist Ava Lloyd finds herself teamed up with Special Forces medic, Walter River. Racing against the clock to stop a homegrown terrorist and his radical followers, Ava and River dodge bullets, survive explosions and try desperately to find answers to a deadly pathogen that has no cure in sight and spreads with fatal accuracy. With the body count rising fast will these two find the real culprit behind these devastating attacks? In ...more

My MO is to not really comment on the covers but this one? Well look at it. Isn’t scrumptious and utterly lickable?

My first impression is there is a lot of suspense not so much romance. The romantic aspect of the MC went under in all the action packed, face paced plot in the book. Nevertheless I still liked the book.

A deadly virus has been released in El Paso, Texas. The number of deaths are quickly adding up and the number of infected even more so. River our Hero is called to protect Dr. Ava L
N.N. Light
Special Forces soldier and medic River “just call me River ma’am” gets a call from the head of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to come at once to a local hospital. There’s an outbreak of some deadly disease and she commands him to watch over Dr. Ava Lloyd, a microbiologist. He’s armed and ready for anything but one minute in Dr. Floyd’s presence and he’s smitten. She’s hot and smart… a total turn-on.

Ava has seen her share of outbreaks but this one doesn’t respond to any antibodies and thos
Nicole P
Sheesh! This book was just go, go, go, go. A jam packed story line that spanned just little over a day where a lethal bio-engineered microorganism is unleashed. Dr Ava Lloyd from the CDC and Special Forces soldier Sergeant River are tasked with finding out the source and who is responsible.

I did feel that the romance between the two main characters took a backseat to the hunt for the terrorists. Lots of drama and explosions. Wasn't the greatest read or memorable - just okay for me.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great read. Kept me on the edge of my seat all the way till the end. My first Julie Rowe book and it won't be my last. She proved she belongs on my favorite authors list.

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that
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Pelusa Rivera
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is the first book in this new series and does start out with a bang. Has a lot of action since they are dealing with a deadly virus and terrorist. We have River a alpha male, which we all love, but luckily not a jerk, he listens to people and does what needs to be done. Then we have Ava, strong female lead, who does not back down, and is also take charge, together they are combustible. We do have romance, but not in your face since we are de ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hoot! Hoot! I have found myself a new author! This book is seriously zero to sixty and then continues to climb in action, speed, dark humor, loyalty, and more. It's everything I could ask for in a book and I could NOT put it down. My geek side showed a little in how much a liked this book. I love the fact that the heroine is just as strong as the hero, in fact she's a bit smarter too.

When River, Army Special Forces soldier, is called in to assist the CDC in an biological weapon attack he has an

I think Julie Rowe has written a winner with this one. ‘Viable Threat’ is thrilling, heart-pounding, a fast-paced ride that whisks you through the tense situation of a sudden outbreak and a series of attacks in the city that point to biological terrorism. And in the maelstrom, a Special Forces soldier and a microbiologist join forces to help contain it and get to ground zero, but the journey ahead is fraught with nothing but danger and minefields.

There’s also a lot of arguing over territory, co
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a high octain, crazy train ride. It was like an amusement ride – sit down open the book and you shoot from 0 to 100 right away.. And this isnt some one thrill and your done ride – oh no – its goes on the whole book. LOVED IT...

Being a huge fan of the authors other series Biological Response Team I was super excited to see she was writing a new one in the same world.

This series will follow the CDC here on US soil. First up is is a biological weapon attack  in El Paso, Texas. And it wasn't
Lauren Seiberling
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is INTENSE.

I LOVED IT. "Romantic Suspense" is sort of a "meh, take it or leave it" genre for me, but THIS book balanced out the "romance" and "suspense" PERFECTLY. It's incredibly well-written with an engaging plot that I absolutely could not get enough of!

Right from the beginning, River tuned in to Ava and they seemed to form a connection and sort of symbiotic relationship that held my attention. They each ended up helping each other in several different ways, and I loved reading how
Cheryl O'Harney
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
*This book was reviewed for Summer's Eve Reads*

Title: Viable Threat
Author: Julie Rowe
Genre: Thriller, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5

Tick tock tick tock... racing against the clock when it comes to a homegrown terrorist and his followers Dr Ava Lyod and Special Forces medic Walter River find themselves teaming up during a biochemical attack, there's flying bullets and explosions with a touch of insta-lust thrown in too as they try to find the leader behind the chaos. I was on the edge of my se
Hart's Reader Group
This was my first book by Julie Rowe (though I did meet Julie years ago at a conference in NJ), and I am sad that I haven't gotten around to reading her books sooner.

This book had the PERFECT amount of suspense, thrills, intelligence, sexiness, emotion--all of it moving at a steady, heart-pounding pace.

In some bio-threat thrillers, the story gets bogged down with medical terminology and ridiculously unrealistic biological hazards. The biological and terroristic threats in this book are frighteni
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book I have ever read by Julie Rowe and I must say she certainly knows how to write romantic suspense. Although I must say this book has the potential to seriously freak readers out simply because the threat posed within this book is sadly all too possible. Ava Lloyd is a doctor with the CDC who is called in to identify the origin of a bio-terrorist attack while River is the special forces medic assigned to protect and assist her. This book had everything from bio-terrorism, ex ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Viable Threat from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

Viable Threat by Julie Rowe is book one of her new Outbreak Task Force series. This is my first book by the author and I plan to read her other series Biological Response Team and I can't wait for the next book in this series. If I could I'd give this more than five stars I would because its that good.

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River has been loaned out to the
3.5 stars possibly my favorite yet of the two trilogies despite the ridiculous time line. The villain was obvious early on though not the motivation. Excellent romance.
Deanna from Deanna's World
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Julie Rowe has written another adrenalin-filled, action-packed story filled with brainwashed terrorists, brave men and women who put their lives on the line for their country, a brave but damaged soldier and a brilliant and sassy scientist.

I cannot even begin to express my excitement at getting my grubby hands on Viable Threat after hanging out for another book since finishing the last book in Ms Rowe's Biological Response Team series. When it comes to heart-pounding susp
Tonya Peterson
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Viable threat Julie rowe may 22
 This book was great...a special forces guy helping a cdc lady stay protected both have a past and neither knows what to do with their feelings for one another. Between life threatening times and trying figure out who is responsible the only trust and quickly.
Linda Quick
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is non stop and had me turning pages just as quickly as possible - it's fast paced action at its best. In it, River, a special forces soldier, is assigned to assist Ava, a CDC physician, investigate a horrible illness sweeping the area. As they investigate, it quickly becomes apparent that the illness is a deliberate action and not a random occurrence.

They rush from scene to scene - Reeves providing the security and door "keys" and Ava the microbiology skills. They encounter many
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Viable Threat by Julie Rowe is the first installment in the Outbreak Task Force series.
Viable Threat is a fast paced thriller - romance who had me at the edge of my seat while reading.

Meet Special Forces medic Walter River, he´s ordered to work with CDC in El Paso to investigate the outbreak of a disease.
And Dr. Ava Lloyd, she´s with the CDC as microbiologist. Both get paired up and there is this crazy insta-chemistry.
But the clock is ticking and people are dying . Nobody knows if they will be s
Kim Vanravenswaay
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every book that I've read by Julie Rowe. And Viable Threat, is no exception. If you're looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you. It's the perfect start to the newest series by Julie Rowe. It has a couple of characters from her Biological Response Team series and is just as suspenseful. ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full of energetic action and suspense with a ton of intrigue. Viable Threat by Julie Rowe was the first book I've read by this author and will not be my last. It was wonderful, and I immediately fell in love with the characters. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for a honest review. ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so exciting, scary, fun, and sexy. It was exactly what I want my romantic suspense to be! This is my first book by this author, and I want more!

Dr. Ava Lloyd is a microbiologist working for the CDC. She investigates infectious diseases, and she's been called to El Paso, Texas for an outbreak of an unknown pathogen. She's brilliant, and great at her job, and the last thing she needs is some military man showing up to tell her what to do. She's worried that's exactly what
Book Reading Gals
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Viable Threat

Series: Outbreak Task Force #1
Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Romance

Blurb: Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both a
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Viable Threat is the first book in Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series. The story has to do with a bioterrorist plot that unfolds rapidly in El Paso, Texas. Everything occurs at breakneck speed and it’s a perfect glimpse of what could happen considering the world we live in now. Special Forces Medic Walter River and Microbiologist Ava Lloyd literally meet, disarm a terrorist, and then get blown up. And that’s literally how the entire book plays out.

Rarely do I find a book
Jennifer Pierson
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've decided to throw out any type of description that I may come up with, because frankly, all it would accomplish is to reveal spoilers. Instead, I'm going to just type up all of my feelings and thoughts. Viable Threat started out with a bang, and IT NEVER SLOWED DOWN, which kept my heart racing cover to cover. And actually, it still hasn't slowed down hours later, as I can't get this insanely EXCITING story out of my head. Walter River is a super yummy special forces soldier, and Dr. Ava Lloy ...more
3.5 stars.

This is a good romantic suspense focusing on a plague that is killing thousands. Because of the virulence of the disease, there is a time element that amps up the stress factor. I really like the couple. Julie Rowe really knows how to write smart heroines and surprisingly kind and funny (if a bit horny) heroes. Unfortunately, I had to take a 1/2 off because the couple is involved in just one too many explosions. I think they both would have been incapacitated by the third one. Still,
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 3 Flames

Wow!!! This is the first book I've read by Julie Rowe and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna need to pick more up. Totally digging her writing style and the way she pulls readers in. Impressive.

Walter River is a Special Forces soldier who specializes in many things, but has recently been given the task of protecting a CDC doctor (Ava Lloyd) who's trying to find patient zero of a deadly outbreak in El Paso. Yep, it's a lot to take in immediately, but it works...stay with me. Within minu
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Terrifyingly possible. River and Ava work together to find a way to stop a biological attack that could decimate the world. Despite a few times when I thought, "not sure that could happen in real life", this was a book I wouldn't put down. Tense, scary, and manages to include a romance on top of the thrills. ...more
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Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!” A double Golden Heart finalist 2006, Julie’s writing has appeared in severa ...more

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