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Sleight of Hand

(Outbreak Task Force #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  52 reviews
CDC nurse Joy Oshiro is stressed to the breaking point. College students are dying and no one knows why. And her new partner Dr. Gunner Anderson is frustratingly annoying--and sexy, but mainly just plain annoying--and proving difficult to avoid. He spent three years with Doctors Without Borders, and disillusioned is just the tip of his issues.

They’ll need to learn to trust
ebook, 362 pages
Published January 28th 2019 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Julie Rowe is a great author and when I'm in the mood for some romantic suspense, her books always fill the void. Although Sleight of Hand was still an entertaining read, I felt this one was a bit more clinical than suspenseful and the romance was really low key - almost non-existent, if I'm honest. It was interesting to understand the procedures and protocols in this type of dangerous scenario but there were times that things felt to cut and dry.

Gunner and Joy seemed like great friends, BFF le
I’ve been an avid follower of Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series from the beginning, but then again, I do get the thrills from biological warfare-type romances even if some parts always stretch my ability to keep the suspension of disbelief going.

‘Sleight of Hand’ juggles interagency politics, disease and a head-on plunge into outbreak and Rowe quite capably writes a suspenseful and tense story that had me enthralled from the start: an e-coli from beer that has all the frat houses on their
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julie Rowe rocked this right into orbit. Holy hell what a fantastic read this is and her writing is from the beyond. Read Julie and you get it all, the suspense, steaming chemistry and a story that doesn't let you put it down.
Gunnar Anderson doesn't play well with others. It's so bad he'd down to his last assistant who is willing to take him on. Gunnar is lead on the task force, served with Doctors Without Borders and has some serious PTSD along with his own personal losses and his disposition
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Gunner Anderson is working with the Outbreak Task force and so far he has chased two partners away with his gruff attitude. His newest partner, Joy Oshiro is definitely not what he expected at all. Being saddled with the petite nurse who spent eight years in the army as a nurse and also doing a stint as a combat medic is surely going to give him much of the same attitude he puts forth to others. Joy is not shy in the slightest and puts Gunner in his place while secretly lusting after the bro ...more
Bette Hansen
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Julie Rowe's Outbreak Task Force series and I think it's one of the best. This story takes us on a wild ride as CDC agents nurse Joy Oshiro and Dr. Gunner Anderson attempt to track down the source of the current deadly outbreak and bring down the responsible parties. Suspense is high with lots of action as these two race the clock while trying not to be the next targets. I definitely recommend this one.
Elizabeth Neal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Joy, a CDC nurse, is close to breaking. She loves her job, but it can also be emotional and stressful, especially now with college students dying. Add in that her new partner annoys the crap out of her and yeah, she's ready to blow. Factor in that she's attracted to the pain in the butt and you can understand why she's on edge.

Gunner, a doctor, just finished a three year contract with Doctors without Borders and is disillusioned with life after seeing how some are forced to live, to
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic book! Books like this is why I read & keep on reading. I read it in 1 sitting because once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. It was that good. Action, suspense coupled with the human emotional aspect kept me glued to the pages.

Both the characters of Gunner and Joy are capable, driven people who are good at their work, live for their work and neither take nor give any BS. Both have their demons, and suffer from PSTD. Joy is a former army nurse and combat medic while G
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Outbreak Task Force #3, The newest of the series and it is outstanding! Going from CDC home base in Atlanta and to New Orleans and back again this action packed romance is a great read. Former Doctor Without Borders doctor Gunner Anderson does not suffer fools gladly, and because of that he's already gone through 3 partners. This is his last chance to prove he can work with someone so his boss partners him up with the woman he's had a crush on since they met CDC nurse, former combat m
Bea  Charmed
Gunner, really? Why not Henry Lee, Dover and Rodrigues, or even DS?

ETA: Well, Gunner is a jerk, a self-admitted one, but he has his moments. Both he and Joy are competent, intelligent, and emotionally broken. One of things I like about this series and its predecessor is that no one is miraculously cured emotionally (physically is another matter). What I don't like is that all of the military people we've met so far are severely emotionally damaged. I don't think it's accurate and I know it sends
Synergy Quest
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author. One book in and I’m a fast fan. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The hero and heroine are the biggest reasons why. They’re not all glossy. Scarred and bruised by previous experiences, they’re not gussied up and I love it. They are also some really valuable scientist/medical professionals who, like the real life CDC folks, are probably under-appreciated until there’s an outbreak of Zika, SARS, Ebola or something else that scrambles your brain or shu ...more
Book Lover
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I am so glad I am not a beer drinker!!

Dr. Gunner Anderson spent 3 years with Doctors Without Borders. He is left with depression and PTSD from his experiences. He currently works for the CDC’s Outbreak Task Force. He has gone through 3 partners in 6 months because he is impatient, undiplomatic and doesn’t suffer fools at all. He needs organization and the intense, long hours of his job to keep it together.

Joy Ashiro is a former military nurse with combat medic experience and PTSD issues of
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Sleight of Hand by Julie Rowe is a fast paced, action packed story with enough emotion to keep this little, not so closet, romantic heart happy.

This is the first book I have read by this author, so I had no expectations beyond enjoying a good story. From the premise, I thought it would have action with a suspense theme, and of course, a love story. The author delivered on all counts!

The main story is an action/suspense theme with a ‘how are we going to save the day’ type of plot; but the charact
N.N. Light
CDC Doctor Gunner Anderson goes through partners faster than most men change clothes. His problem is he doesn’t have time to hold someone’s hand and coddle them. He needs a strong partner, someone who’ll go into battle with him and be able to handle it. His boss gives him one last partner and it’s Gunner’s last chance. Enter Joy Oshiro, a wise-cracking former military nurse who makes his body ache with urgings he hasn’t felt in years. But he doesn’t have time to stop and think about this attract ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
So I kind of read this out of order. I read the first one is series Viable Threat, and since it was months ago I couldn't remember until I started reading this one and some of those characters were mentioned in this one so saying that I think that these can be read as standalones and I finished this one now I had to read the previous one. This was Joy and Gunnar story and how they had to deal with a e.coli breakout that they had to figure out who was doing it and why. Both Joy and Gunnar were tw ...more
Book Him Danno
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Outbreak Task for books series I have read and I found I couldn't put the book down. The Author has the ability to mix science, medical information weaved into romance, suspense and heartbreaking story lines that will have readers needing more.

This story can be read as a stand a lone book. Julie Rowe has a wonderful ability to create characters who are likable, real and emotional. The characters comes across to many as broken but instead they have seen the worst in life.
Cindy ~
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another edge of your seat story that blends suspense, deadly infectious diseases, and sizzlin romance. 

I love this authors writing style. She writes balls to wall, edge of your seat, page turning thrillers.. In every book the characters backgrounds are just as fascinating as the story. This time we have Joy Oshiro, a CDC nurse whose previous job was 8 years as a Army nurse/combat medic. She is tough as nails but all the death she saw while in the Army has left its mark. She has just been partne
Nikki Brooks
Gunnar is a superb doctor, he's just not much of a people person. He goes through assistants like a hot knife through butter! Most of his issues stem from the loss of his wife and the resultant PTSD.

Joy is a former Army nurse and has PTSD issues of her own. She handles prickly Gunnar like a pro. She outlasts his other assistants and they have an easy camaraderie. Joy saw combat but she doesn't know which is more dangerous - that or her attraction to Gunnar.

Great tense storyline about an outbrea
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting story filled with lots of drama. Gunner and Joy make quite a team. They are both ferociously dedicated to their job. They are both fighting battle scars and demons from their pasts. The plot is fast paced. The dialogue is smart and witty. The characters are well defined and not superfluous.

As Joy and Gunner get to know each other and their relationship develops at work and personally, they protect each other’s back in all things. They have fireworks in and out of the bedroom. With al
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! Great story plot. The author kept me hooked! Finished it in one setting! My favorite part of the book was this:
“The way she talked about him,” Gunner said, meeting her gaze without hesitation. “It’s how I feel about you.”
Can't wait for more from you!
Heather 123
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
After loving the last book in this series, I was excited to start this one.

But it fell incredibly short.

I didn't feel any connection between Joy and Gunner. We're told they knew each other previously, but the author didn't really expand that. I would have loved to read about their interactions and time previously spent together. Instead the friendship and ultimately relationship felt very forced.

As another reader posted, the majority of the book is focused on clinical terms which is where the r
Samantha Brody
I have zero comments on the science (which I'm assuming is inaccurate) but this was a delightfully fun, the terrorists are entitled frat bros MRA dudes military suspense book & those are pretty rare finds.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific characters and a compelling plot. A breathtaking fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. There is loads of action, suspense, mystery with twists and turns for you to enjoy. A real page turner that will have you reading long into the night as you just can’t stop reading this story. Julie Rowe has outdone herself with this book and totally deserves more than the 5 stars I can give. She becoming my go to author for thrilling romance stories that captures your atten ...more
Sara Oxton
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sleight of Hand by Julie Rowe a four-star read you will want to play. This is book three in the Outbreak Task Force series, but they can al be read as stand-alone, this was my first novel in the series and it really was stand-alone. The drama and romance where great and the twists will have you guessing, this read gave me such a great story that I have just gone and bought the rest of the series to go back and catch up on. Joy and Gunner just had a great chemistry and biology to them.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding new authors with great series is special. Finding Julie Rowe has been more than that, she is a great writer and her series Outbreak Task Force proves it. Sleight of Hand is the story of a deadly e-coli outbreak found in beer kegs right before Spring Break. It is the task of the annoying Dr. Gunner Anderson and his partner, nurse Joy Oshiro to find the source and stop it before it kills any more students. What Gunner and Joy don’t expect to find is their attraction to each other. This is ...more
Olivia Farr
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whew, who knew the CDC was so full of action? (waggles eyebrows at double entendre) "Sleight of Hand" is an action-packed, fast-paced romantic suspense that follows two CDC agents as they investigate an outbreak from biological warfare. Gunner, formerly a doctors without borders worker in Syria where his wife died, and Joy, former military nurse, are teamed up following a series of unfortunate partnerships on Gunner's side (earning him all sorts of labels). Gunner is apprehensive for his new par ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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I received a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating is 2.5 stars, but I bumped it up!

Thought and Plot

Joy is stressed to the limit. As a CDC nurse and as a person. Her job is obviously stressful and can get quite emotional and let’s not even mention the new doctor she’s attracted to despite the fact that he’s an annoying and surly doctor who has seen a bit too much of the hard side of the world.
Gunner is this said doctor. He worked for Doctors Without Borders for three
Les Romantiques
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
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Third volume in the Outbreak Task Force series which follows CDC teams in investigations about epidemic caused by terrorists.

Here we have an inversed pattern compared to the previous books, with the scientific hero and the heroine coming from the army. Both have seen horrors in war zones – the hero was part of Doctors without Borders – and suffer from post-traumatic syndrome. I must say I found this p
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though I typically avoid medical based series, I really enjoy this one. It equally mixes medical drama, romance, fast paced suspense, and terrorist response with military/first responder type action. It's definitely a perfect mix. I'd have to say that this one was my favorite of the series so far because the two main characters were fantastic. They each had more than their fair share of baggage left over from a life of service. It left Gunner grumpy and both of them more than a little broken. Th ...more
Dolly Sickles
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Rowe writes a mean romantic suspense, and this Outbreak Task Force is one of my favorite series. SLEIGHT OF HAND is the third in the series and is a classic enemies-to-lovers story, wrapped up in a kick-ass mystery that’s entirely plausible in a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of way. CDC nurse Joy Oshiro and her new partner, former Doctors Without Borders Dr. Gunnar Anderson, are on the hunt for the cause of an e. coli outbreak in several frat houses, and the process is both nerve-wracking ...more
Nicole Westmoreland
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the series for the Outbreak Task Force series, and I loved this one the best so far! Joy Oshiro (a combat medic) and Dr. Gunner Anderson (Doctors without borders) come together to head up the CDC investigation of a deadly bacteria.

The banter in this was fantastic! I loved the ribbing and the push/pull of Gunner and Joy. The storyline was so good and kept me engaged throughout the whole book! I enjoyed the way each of their history was thread into this book so you under
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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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