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Peek Inside Smoke and Mirrors

Someone scratched a death threat in the paint of CDC nurse Kini Kerek’s car because rumors about the CDC have left residents uncooperative. She’s relieved when sexy Smoke is assigned to help her as she speeds to identify a deadly virus.

Broken Ex-Special Forces soldier Lyle Smoke meets beautiful, but secretive Kini and discovers his heart isn’t entirely dead. He’ll need to use his survival skills gleaned from the military and his Native American upbringing to keep them alive in their race against time.

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Someone scratched a death threat in the paint of CDC nurse Kini Kerek’s rental car. She’s in Utah researching Hantavirus, but damaging rumors about the CDC have left residents suspicious and uncooperative. Thank goodness for hot, sexy, former soldier Smoke, a man of few words, who’s assigned to protect and help her navigate the isolated desert town as she races to identify a deadly virus before more people die.

Memories from the combat zone leave ex-Special Forces soldier Lyle Smoke in a constant state of battle readiness, and he finds no solace, even after returning home to Small Blind. When he meets Kini Kerek, he discovers his heart isn’t entirely dead. But, that might not last long, because this outbreak is no mistake, and he’ll need to use all his survival skills gleaned from the military and his Native American upbringing to keep him and the beautiful, but secretive, Kini alive.


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

“The dialog in this book was fantastic. So many of the conversations between Kini and Smoke had me completely amused. I liked them so much I'd read more books of just them. They've become one of my new favorite book couples.” –Belinda, Saved By Suspense

“This was such a great read, it was intense, action packed, full of suspense and mystery and I loved the setting and the secondary characters. Kini and Smoke were amazing together!” –Wishful Miss, Goodreads

“This is a fast-paced read with loads of suspense and drama.  The story holds your interest throughout and the characters are great.” –Tammy, Goodreads

“This is one of the best books I’ve read this year because of the complex and dramatic life and death storyline and the sizzling sexual chemistry that burns between tall, dark and deadly alpha male Smoke and competent, stubborn and fiercely independent Kini.” –Diane, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633490
Series: Outbreak Task Force, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 26, 2018
Page Count: 402
Imprint: amara
Genre: military/men in uniform, multi-cultural, mystery romance, romantic suspense
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, opposites attract

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By ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ July 15, 2018

Quick Summary:
Kini is in town trying to gather information for the CDC for the early stages of a possible vaccine for the highly contagious and often deadly hantavirus. When people start arriving in droves to the local hospital with hantavirus-like symptoms, the locals begin to panic and rumor... ...more

By N.N. March 02, 2018

Julie Rowe is back in another smokin’ hot romantic suspense dealing with a biological warfare e-market where innocent men, women and children are the victims and Homeland Security is caught unaware.

Smoke returns home to Small Blind after years in the combat zone but there’s no escaping his guilt.... ...more

By Beth February 25, 2018

Talk about your smoldering, scarred, uber alpha, military leading man! Rowe writes a nail biting novel that is sure to pull the reader in hook, line and sinker.

I received this ARC copy of Smoke and Mirrors from Entangled Publishing, LLC. This is my honest and voluntary review. Smoke and Mirrors i... ...more

By Dísir February 08, 2018

Romantic fiction that brings biological warfare to the forefront is rare and Julie Rowe’s suspense series about soldiers, invisible but scary threats and doctors/nurses fighting to stop an outbreak always stood out because of their unique subject matter. Well, that and how the first few chapters... ...more

By Elaine March 09, 2018

WOW! I recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book to read if you enjoy well written, hot, romantic suspense. There is a touch of humour, too - I mean, fancy waking up in your own bed only to discover a beautiful stranger is sharing it with you! This is an enthralling story dealing with many... ...more

By Marta February 13, 2018

Well I wasn't expecting a romance with biological weapons to keep me so interested. Yes I saw the cover ( fanning myself !) and thought it would be a typical contemporary story with alpha former military guy who jumps in to save the heroine and ironically I think she kind of saves him . Ok I'm ge... ...more

By Book Lover February 26, 2018

Lyle Smoke served 8 years in the Army and is returning to his hometown of Small Blind, Utah. Two years ago his son, Liam and Liam’s mother, Lacey were killed when she drove home drunk from a party with him in the car. This is his first time back since the funeral. He’s going home to figure out h... ...more

By Cindy ~ SnS Reviews February 26, 2018

This author knows how perfectly blend suspense, deadly infectious diseases, sizzlin romance.

This series like its predecessor blends Military and CDC personnel. Kini Kerek is a CDC health care nurse who was sent to Utah to gather blood samples and research for a cure for the Hantavirus. She is ru... ...more

By Ayekah February 17, 2018

Holy hell what a book. Wow Wow Wow! This book was crazy, in the very best way. It's a must read.
Romantic suspense can be a tough one but this book packed a serious punch and kept me flipping those pages like a loon!

Lyle Smoke comes home to Utah after his stint in the Army in over. He's been gone... ...more

Smoke and Mirrors is book 2 of the outbreak task force; however, its not related at all to the events in book 1, so you can read them in any order. An ex special forces soldier is home but he is far from okay. Chased by the demons of what he had to do in the military and the death of his son whi... ...more

By Heather May 01, 2018

GREAT book! Full of suspense but also romance.

This is the first book in this series I've read and I believe it can be read as a stand alone.

First off Lyle's story is absolutely heart breaking. What he went through and continues to struggle with will just break your heart. He tries to protect hi... ...more

By Dolly February 22, 2018

The second installment of Julie Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series, SMOKE & MIRRORS, reinforces my opinion that science is sexy. Intelligence reigns in this thrilling race to find the source of a hantavirus outbreak in a rural corner of Utah. Only, the source of this outbreak isn’t of the typi... ...more

By Bec_BookMagicReviews March 03, 2018

CDC Nurse Kini Kerek has her work cut out for her, especially when she finds herself being targeted and rumors are flying around town about what she's really there for. Luckily though, she has former Special Forces soldier Lyle Smoke to help her out and protect her from any other threats that she... ...more

By Teresa February 15, 2018

**I received a copy of Smoke and Mirrors from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

I've read all but one of Ms. Rowe's Biological Response Task Force and now two of the Outbreak series and I have only 3 words for this addition: Oh.My.God. this was a f... ...more

By Book Reading Gals March 03, 2018

Title: Smoke and Mirrors

Series: Outbreak Task Force Book #2
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense

Blurb: Someone scratched a death threat in the paint of CDC nurse Kini Kerek’s rental car. She’s in Utah researching Hantavirus, but damaging rumors about the CDC ha... ...more

By Elizabeth March 05, 2018

Kini, a CDC nurse, is used to working with things involving life or death because of her job, but that's in a controlled environment. However, when a death threat is left on her car, she's understandably scared. She's currently researching a virus in Utah, and rumors are being spread that damage... ...more

By Niken February 26, 2018

I always love Julie Rowe’s romance suspense books, and I always wait for the next one, which not often. As a romance-suspense genre big fan, I’ve read countless romance-suspense novels. However, Julie Rowe’s books always stand out for me (well, with few other RS authors as well to be bluntly hone... ...more

By Jayne February 26, 2018

I love this series (which is a spin off of the previous series). STEM Heroine (CDC Nurse), Ex-Military Hero. On a routine project in rural Utah, Kini finds herself under attack for unknown reasons, getting t-boned, scratched messages on her care etc. Lyle Smoke is returning home after 8 years in... ...more

By Diane February 16, 2018

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year because of the complex and dramatic life and death storyline and the sizzling sexual chemistry that burns between tall, dark and deadly alpha male Smoke and competent, stubborn and fiercely independent Kini. While Smoke fears he’s a killing machin... ...more

By Becky February 15, 2018

It seems that trouble follows the CDC. Smoke and Mirrors is an amazing read. I love the roller coaster ride that this one takes you on. Kini and Smoke are another amazing team formed in the Outbreak Task Force series. Kini is just trying to do her research when trouble seems to find her. As a new... ...more

By Tammy February 27, 2018

Kini is a CDC health care nurse and in Utah to gather blood samples for research in finding a vaccine for the Hantavirus. The people aren’t happy she is there and she starts receiving threats. Smoke is an ex- soldier who is in a lot of emotional pain. He is hired to keep Kini safe and he is surpr... ...more

By Denise February 27, 2018

Having read the first one thought I would give this one a shot. Can not get enough of special ops and the like. In this one it is Smoke and Kini with her being the one who is in the CDC part of this. He is the different ex military who has his issues. He is also very closed until he meets her. Wh... ...more

By Tami February 13, 2018

Contemporary, damaged ex military alpha male, romantic suspense. New to me author and I just jumped into the middle of the series. This author is one I will continue to watch for.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest op... ...more

By poppy July 27, 2018

I just loved reading the first book Viable Threat in this series so I could not wait to read this one and what a super addition to the series it was. Full of action it had me hooked right from the start and while it was action packed there was still plenty of romance too. The chemistry between Ki... ...more

By Sparkymom March 01, 2018

Julie Rowe is one of my favorites, so I was really excited to get an ARC of this book from Net Galley. I've got to say it is probably my favorite of hers so far. The action started from the very beginning and never let up. There was constant danger, and though Smoke was alpha protector from the g... ...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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