Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Review - - The Agent

The Agent
by Kimberly Kincaid
The Intelligence Unit - Book 7
Publisher: Kimberly Kincaid Romance
Release Date: July 11, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

His enemy’s little sister is the only person with the power to undo him.

Nothing rattles stone-cold FBI Agent Kai Roman. Not chasing down ruthless criminals. Not losing his wife years ago. Not even inadvertently being caught in the middle of a bank robbery.

Except Camila Garza is right beside him when danger strikes, and suddenly he’s the only person who can protect the off-limits beauty. No matter how much her older brother hates him.

And no matter how much he secretly wants 

Camila knows she should hate Roman. He’s made it clear he doesn’t like her—or possibly anyone—one bit. But when they have to go on the run to save their lives, she begins to see past his icy exterior to the man who would do anything to keep her safe.

Including risk it all.

PJ's Thoughts:

Kimberly Kincaid ratchets up both the danger and desire in her newest Intelligence Unit romantic suspense novel. Set within her popular Remington, NC world, this one hits the ground running with a breath-stealing bank robbery and never lets up. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough while at the same time, wanting to slow down time and savor every single word, nuance, and emotion.

In real life I wouldn't have the patience for a moody, broody (albeit gorgeous) man but our fictional Roman in the capable hands of Kincaid? Yes, please! I'll take all that and more. I loved the pairing of Roman and Camila. If you've been reading the Intelligence Unit books, you already know Roman's IU adversary is detective Matteo Garza, none other than Camila's uber-protective big brother. Seeing his baby sister fall for the PITA FBI agent is sure to send Matteo spiraling and create all kinds of delicious conflict. Matteo and the rest of Camila's big, boisterous, protective family guarantee plenty of humor to strategically lighten the heavier aspects of the story. 

I loved watching Camila begin to acknowledge and own her strength and confidence; watch her learn to stand up for herself and chase her dreams. She and Roman have fiery chemistry but they also have a sweet vulnerability that they only feel free to expose with one another. It opens Roman to the possibilities of a new love after devastating loss. It strengthens Camila, offering her a loving partnership of equal standing. It left me sighing happily for both of them.

The suspense portion of the book is tightly plotted, filled with plenty of twists and turns that heighten the intensity as the characters race to find the villains before Camila pays the ultimate price. It's a well-balanced blend of danger and romance that had me gasping and sighing in equal measure. 

Kincaid has written the books in this series in a way that each story stands on its own. You can absolutely enjoy Roman's and Camila's journey without having read the earlier books but I'm willing to bet you'll be so intrigued with the secondary characters (especially Garza and Delia from The Guardian) that you'll want to read their books too. 

If romantic suspense is your catnip and you've yet to discover Kimberly Kincaid, I highly recommend diving straight into her Intelligence Unit series. Each book is an action-fueled, steamy, page-turning adventure I never want to put down.


  1. First, thanks for your review. I can't do that much intensity, but you have made me wish I could. this sounds like such an exciting book.

  2. PJ, you said it so well. I too love Kimberly Kincaid's writing, and The Agent really shines! @Annette N, I don't typically read RS--as you said, I don't tend to handle that much tension too well, but Kimberly Kincaid does it all so incredibly well that I make an exception for her. Every story hits that balance perfectly, and sits on my keeper shelf after.

    1. And also, @Annette N, you may find her steamy contemporary more to your liking--her Cross Creek and Pine Mountain are delicious small-town romances, while her Remington Medical is also set in the same shared universe as her RS titles (Station Seventeen, Intelligence Unit). She's terrific!

  3. Suspense and intrigue were my books of choice for years. Even since I started reading romance, romantic suspense has been a favorite. The tension and danger bring out the true character of the individuals involved.