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Peek Inside Sleight of Hand

A disease is killing college kids. Spring Break is days away. Can the CDC’s nurse Joy Oshiro and Dr. Anderson find the cure, and have a chance at a romance, before it’s too late?

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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 each other if they have a chance at figuring out who is behind the attacks. She makes him laugh, makes him forget—for a little while. But each new clue keeps them one step behind the terrorists, with buildings and evidence being destroyed just as they near.

Now they’re in a race against time to not only find a cure, but also to avoid becoming the next targets themselves.

Each book in the Outbreak Task Force series is STANDALONE:
* Viable Threat
* Smoke & Mirrors
* Sleight of Hand
* Search & Destroy
* Hell & Back


Julie Rowe blends the perfect cocktail of action & romance.” — Brenda Novak, NYT bestselling author on Icebound

A breathtaking fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.” -Melina S., Goodreads

“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.” -Lori Z., Goodreads

“In this read you get mystery, danger, intimacy and scandal. It’s very engrossing. I am now going to find the previous books in the series (and anything else I can get my hands on from this author) and devour it.” -Jamesia G., Goodreads

“Action, suspense coupled with the human emotional aspect kept me glued to the pages.” -Linda T., Goodreads

Sleight of Hand was an excellent read. That grabbed me from the start and kept me hooked throughout.  Thanks to terrific characters, who are both battered and bruised from their previous jobs and a storyline that has plenty of action and suspense. Not to mention deadly infectious disease and a plot that starts simple, but develops into a crazy, edge of your seat read. That I honestly couldn't get enough of.” -Mags N., NetGalley

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.” -The Word Nerd

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637245
Series: Outbreak Task Force, Book 3
Release Date: Jan 28, 2019
Page Count: 362
Imprint: amara next
Genre: mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: fling, forced proximity, opposites attract

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By Dísir December 16, 2018

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, ...more

By Ayekah December 29, 2018

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 ...more

By Robyn January 31, 2019

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 ...more

By Bette January 26, 2019

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. Suspen ...more

By Book Lover December 20, 2018

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 ...more

By Linda December 31, 2018

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 capabl ...more

By Elizabeth February 04, 2019

**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 ...more

By Hannah January 28, 2019


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 ...more

By SynergyQuest December 30, 2018

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 valu ...more

By N.N. January 29, 2019

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 G ...more

By Cindy December 07, 2018

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 ...more

By The Word Nerd January 18, 2019


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 w ...more

By Kim Reads August 08, 2019

Reviewed by Gemini

4.5 Stars

Sleight of Hand is the third book in Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series. Although it is a continuation, it could be read as a standalone but I think you will enjoy it more having all of the information from the first two books, Viable Threat and Smoke & Mirrors. Each ...more

By Book Him Danno January 14, 2019

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 sta ...more

By Mari April 06, 2019

I really enjoyed this one. Gunner was blunt and grumpy you have to prove you know your stuff. He had good reason to be, some survivor's guilt and being in a medic in a war torn place. Joy was the same as a army nurse. But they got each other worked well together and had so much banter. They might ha ...more

By Nikki January 19, 2019

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 ...more

By Suzette January 28, 2019

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 superfluou ...more

By Seara January 03, 2019

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! ...more

By Samantha December 16, 2018

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. ...more

By Melinda January 18, 2019

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 read ...more

By Sara December 23, 2018

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 gues ...more

By Kathy December 11, 2018

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. ...more

Rowe writes phenomenal romantic suspense! I have throughly enjoyed this series and Sleight of Hand was no exception. Joy and Gunner are interesting-both have baggage but it oddly makes them work well together. Their stories are woven in with a suspense filled plot involving an outbreak on a college ...more

By Olivia December 18, 2018

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 wher ...more

By Amabelle April 06, 2019

The book is a wonderful continuation of the Outbreak Taskforce series, although you don't need to read the previous volumes to understand it. The story offers romantic suspense at its best: an exciting, fast-paced hunt for the culprits and their treacherous weapon (e.coli), intelligent investigators ...more

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Julie Rowe

About the author

Julie Rowe

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!". In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool's Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the Novella category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today's Parent, and Canadian Living. You can reach her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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