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Shoot to Thrill

(Passion For Danger #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A sexy black-ops hero and a beautiful ER nurse must fight for their lives-and for a love they never thought possible.

A disillusioned black-ops hero is kidnapped by his ruthless former employers and forced to go on a suicide mission back to the scene of his worst betrayal—-but an innocent woman is caught in the trap and sent with him, forcing him to choose: her life, or his
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley Sensation (first published February 1st 2000)
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Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“You are all I live for, Rainie. All I’ll ever want. I want to be with you, now and always.”

This was my first Nina Bruhns's book and it literally blew me away. Shoot to Thrill had almost everything romantic suspense novels should have—protective alpha hero, sweet but strong heroine, heart-stopping situations, plenty of action-packed scenes, intense suspense, and steamy romance. I was pulled into the story right of the bat, and a lot of frightening moments and nail-biting situations really kept
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

There’s a whole lot more to this than just the hot stud with a gun, yummy window dressing. I love romantic suspense that feature sexy, angst-ridden alpha military heroes, and Nina Bruhns sure delivers a steamy, exciting, fast paced, action-packed thrill-ride with this first book in her new Passion for Danger series. It’s got everything I love in a great military romantic suspense: a sexy, bad-ass hero, a spitfire heroine, uber nasty villains, a clever, intriguing plot,
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fast paced romantic suspense stories.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Shawna

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Shoot to Thrill is the first book in the Passion for Danger trilogy by Nina Bruhns. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about these books, so I decided to take the plunge and continue with my “first read by an author” trend. The book gods must be smiling down on me because once again, I was not disappointed! Now, that said, there were several times when I found myself having to forgive unbelievable events or situations and just enjoy the read – which was very eas
♡Karlyn P♡
Whew! Check reality at the door, and just enjoy the ride. This was a fun, sexy adventure romance story that moves at lightening speed and takes the reader through so much! Surviving in the dessert, riding camels, sex, falling from airplanes, sex, kidnappings, lots of enemy chases, more sex...etc. It's an over-the-top storyline, so if you are looking for a romance story centered around an authentic military operation this isn't it. But if you can suspend your disbelief and you want a sexy, edgy, ...more
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Shawna Razzaz
This book required a huge suspension of disbelief on my part, but it worked because NB's writing is very good and the non-stop action kept me on the edge of my seat and didn't give me any time to think, LOL. What annoyed me in this read, and I can't believe I'm going to say that, was the sex: it just got in the way too many times and it didn't help to move the story along. So, 4 stars it is.

Note: I was going to write a full review, but I decided against it when I realized that the more I thought
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
There were parts of this book that I thought were great and others I couldn't actually believe what I was reading! There were scenes where the H & h had jumped out of a plane and landed in the desert and in the middle of nowhere. The bad guys are hunting and looking to kill them but they end up fully naked having sex - As if! Also the h has never been in a car in her adult life because of a childhood trauma but manages to learn to drive (including using clutch and gear shift!)after a few hou ...more
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: random buy
I waffled on buying this book several times when I saw it in stores. I've been trying to cut back on buying random books. But I decided to buy it when there hadn't been anything new out on my "buy" list for a couple weeks. And I'm glad I did buy it; this was such a good book!

Kick Jackson is a down-and-out government agent...years ago he signed a lifetime contract to work for the Zero-Unit, but after a tragic incident and a serious injury, Kick has been on the run. He doesn't want to work
Riverina Romantics
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-blog
3.5 Stars

Within the first few pages of this book I could tell that Nina Bruhns was the sort of author that I could sit down and thoroughly enjoy. Her writing style is smooth and the story concentrated on the characters, not endless pages of description. I also immediately fell in love with Kick (loved the name too).

Shoot to Thrill is action packed and never has a dull moment. It is also jam packed full of great supporting characters. I can't wait to read about Pig after what happened at the end
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
5 Heart Stopping Action Stars!!

There are lots of fantastic reviews on this book so I won't even attempt to write one but I will say I completely and thoroughly loved this book!!! Kyle "Kick" Jackson is a kick ass hero and Lorraine "Rainie" Martin was a great heroine. They fight to survive an ordeal and in the process overcome hedious demons they both carry within them to fight for their own HEA!!!

Looking forward two the next to books in the Passion for Danger trilogy!!!

Jul 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
While it was nice to read a book that was written higher than a fifth grade reading level, in the end I couldn't stomach the heroine or the story. I skimmed from page 215 to the end. The plot looked like the entire US Marine Corp had used it for target practice. Over-the-top, unbelievable, and at times, stupid. And then there was the yo-yo heroine and the cringe-worthy scenes, like the time Kick had been hiding under the "burning sand" for three hours, and then had sex with Rainie right afterwar ...more
Lady Heather
I think this is one of my `All time favorite` black-ops/contemporary/romance/thriller stories EVER!

"Kick" Kyle is broken, and damaged and yet he is willing to sacrifice himself for the women he loves and a prisoner of war.
...and Rainy..OMG what an amazing kick-ass character (in the end).

I Loved this story! The only thing I was disappointed in was 'Gina's' role in this story and what happened to her. (I hope She shows up in the other books to explain what happened).

Highly recommend to lovers of P
Ok.... Hmmmm..... Well, suffice it to say that I didn't particularly enjoy this book.

I actually found it quite ridiculous - I mean come on, the lady, "Rainie", is afraid of... cars???? WTH?!?! I get that she suffered through a traumatic car-jacking when younger, but seriously, who's afraid of cars (and ALL other means of transportation??)?? Thank god, she was kidnapped, or she would never have left her NYC bubble (not too mention the country)!

Also, "Rainie" has (view spoiler)
Opening Line; "It was their shoes that gave them away”

I liked this, I really did but…
SHOOT TO THRILL is a roller coaster ride in more ways then one. This 1st in a trilogy takes us from Manhattan to the Sahara and starts out with huge potential. A sexy tortured hero on the run, action filled storyline, smoking hot love scenes and some seriously funny dialogue. And except for the H/h’s names (Kick and Raine really!?) I wondered how I’d managed to miss author Nina Bruhns until now? Unfortunately th
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Isis
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this action-packed romance set mostly in the Sudan, 2010. Started right off depicting two conflicted main characters that had a lot to overcome by the end of the book and they did "marvelous."

Lorraine "Rainie" Martin was an ER nurse that had a serious phobia of vehicles--planes, cars, subways--and for a good reason. Crossing paths with Kyle "Kick" Jackson was a curse and a blessing for her because she was forced to meet those phobias head on. Initially, Kick's charact
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can say this book did AMAZE me and I absolutely LOVED it. The action was so good that it read like a grade A action flick that kept me interested the whole book through.

The hero Kick was a sexy protecting hero. The heroine Raine had lots of fears to over come and by the end of the book she turned into one tough cookie.

If you like your book's with lots of action and some good heat thrown in I'd say yes, give this book a try.

After finishing this book, there is only one thing I can do, that is t
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bruhns
3.5 stars. I can't believe that I haven't read anything by Nina Bruhns before this book. Shoot to Thrill was a pretty good book so much in fact that I just bought the second one in the series to read!

As with most romantic suspense novels you have to suspend reality in order to read the book, but really I am ok with that. The idea that a covert operation could take place with a random woman running around in it is pretty silly. I mean someone like me out there? Not happening. But it made for a go
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
Nothing says romance like a kidnapping! Woo-hoo!!! "Are you a good guy or a bad guy guy?" Oh good, you're a good guy! Yippee! That's right as rain, let's jump into bed!
Rainie was an idiot. Could she be any more of an idiot? I made the mistake of thinking this book would get better after the first couple of chapters. It didn't.
Shireen  Hakani
Wow! What a book! One of the best romantic suspense I've read. Loved it!
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan Riverina Romantics/Meggerfly by: Nissie Lambert
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Loraine "Rainie" Martin, a self professed control freak, had given up on the dating world. She just didn't have the energy after her long nursing shifts in the ER. Her best friend Gina didn't agree with her position on the dating subject and dragged her to a speed dating event for medical professionals. Rainie was putting together an exit strategy when in walked a rugged stranger who grabs her attention. As their eyes meet Raini
Nina Bruhns
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Passion For Danger, book 1

Nominated for Best Romantic Suspense of 2010 by the Australian Readers Association.

A disillusioned black-ops hero is kidnapped by his ruthless former employers and forced to go on a suicide mission back to the scene of his worst betrayal—-but an innocent woman is caught in the trap and sent with him, forcing him to choose: her life, or his vengeance.

KYLE “KICK” JACKSON is a bona fide bad-ass. The product of a rough childhood and a youth spent proving how tough he was,
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book as the author and this book, the first in a series of three books, had been recommended to me. Having said that, I found it hard to get into. I started it a few weeks back, made it half-way through, and only went back to it yesterday thinking I was under-rating it after another GR friend had recommended it as well. While it did pick up for me considerably around page 158, it is not still not my favourite read of late. There was lots of action and intrigue, but I ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, romance
Though I hate giving 2 stars to a book that was keeping me company during a busy week, I can not think of a reason this one can take more of my attention. There were plenty of moments that I felt anxious about the course of the story which was adventurous and took place in dangerous zones that we are familiar from the news or the movies concerning terrorists' actions (here Afghanistan and Sudan are the "nice" scenery) and, supposedly, how secret services equipped by fearless muscles exterminate ...more
Dee Haddrill
I probably would have liked this a lot more had I not read reviews in advance. Little plot holes I may have normally glossed over, I found myself focussing on because someone else had mentioned it. But the sex is hot (although some scenes were talked about in the past which I would have enjoyed reading in more detail), the love story is sweet and the men are major Alpha males!!! I also didn't like the hero always saying "call me Kick". No, call him Kyle coz that's his real name and it's a much b ...more
I was really excited to read this but I had to drop it after I realized I couldn't get over the un-believable setup. The quick change from hottie to kidnapper to lover happened way too quick, and then all of a sudden she trusts him with her life and follows him to a dangerous country because... of the great sex? the fact that he was nice? her mother theresa-complex? I don't get it.. they didn't know each other and she decided he was worth the risk of death?
yeah the hero was fun but I couldn't ge
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Both the Hero and Heroine kinda annoyed me in this book. They were both so screwed up and I honestly have no patience for addicts or people with too many phobias to count! The whole idea of her going on this "super secret" government mission with him was beyond implausible!
3 stars because the sex in this book was great! A smoking hot good time!! I also liked all the side characters! In particular I loved the side story with her BFF Gina!
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Although the plot was unbelieveable, the obvious enjoyment that Nina Bruhns had in writing it came through loud and clear. I thought Kick and Rainie were a hoot, as were Gina and Gregg. The action was exhausting, non-stop, and over the top--which brought a smile to my face. I was not expecting to enjoy an action-thriller written by a romance writer but the author is able to satisfy both crowds with just the right amount of action and sex. Great Read!
Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story, I liked Kick and Rainie's adventures but sometimes they just didn't make sense, Rainie's fears were too easily overcame.
The love scenes were very good and I sooo want to know what happened to Gina and how she punishes Gregg... but I'm thinking she's just gonna forgive him and forget what he did to her... she's a feminist without a backbone.
~ Becs ~
Feb 24, 2011 marked it as wish-list
If only this book was available on the Kindle..........
The first in Nina Bruhns series Passion For Danger. Thrilling! lol. Fast paced romantic suspense that hooks you from page one. Yes, you MUST suspend reality for this one but I still loved it.
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New York Times and USA Today best selling author Nina Bruhns is an avid world traveler and adventurer with two graduate degrees in archaeology -- all great fodder for her stories, giving them broad dimension, vivid settings and characters that are out of the ordinary. In addition to hitting both the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, her novels have earned two RITA nominations, and won numer ...more

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