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Incognito Series, Book 3: Bounty on the Rebel's Heart

Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)

Men and women who have sacrificed their personal identities to live in the shadows and uphold justice for all--no matter the cost.

Rebel Porter is a man on the edge. His wife was killed to silence evidence he uncovered on a dangerously corrupt man of power. Now Reb is in hiding, and he's as afraid to lose someone else to the bounty on his head as to lose his heart to another woman.

Corrupt head of Network operations, Giles Jameson has gone MIA. As a boy, he'd been brought in with the choice: join or die. Giles joined, vowing secretly to bring down the Network. Working with an organized crime ring, Giles had killed a senator. The son of that senator was Rebel Porter, who grew up to be an investigative reporter who spent his life searching for Giles and the covert organization he believed he headed. When Reb disclosed his findings on public radio, Giles covered up the breach and silenced Reb by arranging to have his wife killed. Now 16 years later, Giles has begun his life-long mission to destroy the Network for good.

Network operative Natalie Francis goes undercover, posing as Reb's former lover--investigative journalist Adrienna Kelly--to find Reb and his evidence against Giles Jameson and the Network. Together they uncover a conspiracy that could upset the wrong people and silence both of them for good. And, when Natalie realizes she's fallen for the man she'd been protecting, she considers the impossible--escaping the Network.

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 3, 2018, 16:31
    5 star review from EuroReviews
    5 star review from Sime~Gen
    5 star review from Harriet Klausner
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Winner
    5 star review from ReviewYourBook
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    4 1/2 star review from Dark Diva Reviews

    5 Flags! "BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART is the third in Karen Wiesner's wonderfully fascinating Incognito Series. Ms. Wiesner has a talent for delivering well-delineated characterization along with a suspense-laden plot that will keep the reader guessing through the myriad twists and turns. Nothing is ever what it seems, and the reader will find herself racing through the book to uncover one denouement after another. Once again, I highly recommend Ms. Wiesner's novels, the Incognito Series, and BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART. This is an author never to be missed." ~Euro-Reviews
    5 Hearts! "The third book in the Incognito Series, BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART, is a magnificent read. The cast is splendid. The chemistry between Natalie and Rebel builds up, making their feelings blossom into more than just a friendship. Natalie is daring and has gusto! I love the way she takes charge. The way Karen Wiesner pens these realistic characters make this an extraordinary read. She puts the reader in the center of the action with all the riveting moments of suspense, jeopardy and heartwarming romance that reaches out and touches the reader. I love the way she spins her stories and characters, leaving the audience quite satisfied." ~The Romance Studio
    5 Stars! "The third Incognito Series book (see NO ORDINARY LOVE and UNTIL DEATH DO US PART) is a terrific suspense thriller filled with superb characters and plenty of plausible exciting twists that keep the audience reading to learn what happens next, especially to Reb and Natalie. Though BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART can stand alone as a fabulous action-packed tale, fans will want to know how Reb and Giles got to the point where both are hiding. Karen Wiesner has another triumph in a winning series." ~Harriet Klausner
    5 Stars! "BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART is a good tension builder. It is also mysteriously intriguing. The thrill of wanting to know what lies beyond each page became an excursion. It was like reading a spy novel. You, the reader, are about to embark on a journey into a marvelous adventure, filled with great action and suspense, that only Karen Wiesner could formulate." ~Sime~Gen
    5 Stars! "A great read. The plot is packed full of action. Wiesner uses a combination of suspense, intrigue, and romance to enthrall the reader. This book would make a great movie. Fans of suspense and romance, rush out and get it." ~
    5 Stars! "This is the third book in the Incognito Series, and the author seems to get better with each tale she writes. The story is extremely well written and totally believable. If you are looking for a quick read, go elsewhere. This story is so good you simply must savor it. As the ending drew near, I found myself slowing down to do just that. Unlike most novels in the romantic suspense genre, this one does not slow down toward the middle. It is not fast paced, but there is intrigue throughout the entire book. Brilliant!" ~Huntress Reviews
    4 1/2 Delightful Divas! “Once again Karen Wiesner kept me glued to the pages, or rather screen, with another book in her Incognito Series. Each book brings us further into the workings of the Network as well as giving us a deeper glimpse into the people behind the scenes, and I’m really becoming more and more impatient to discover what happens at the end. One of my favorite characters to date is Angelo Pluzetti; he’s high up in the ranks of the Network and has been a driving force as the organization struggles to recover from the sabotage wrought by Giles Jameson. He’s also more than a little mysterious! His connection to the major characters in the first three books is tantalizing to say the least and, while I sincerely hope that he has his own story at some point, I really cannot imagine what it will be. But I’m waiting—as impatiently, um, patiently as I can. Oh, and yet again Karen Wiesner is drawing very unexpected rabbits out of the hat…or perhaps not entirely unexpected, but still very surprising, and that is the last that I will say about that! The flow of the story is excellent and, while I knew that Reb and Natalie were going to develop a relationship, still it took me by surprise. Not the relationship—that was a given—but the progression. There was a lot less angst than I had envisioned…and I liked it—a lot. The other element that I find fascinating—and that actually works for me, dyed-in-the-wool-HEA-lover that I am—is that the romances do not take the turns that I would expect. At first it took me by surprise, but as I continue with the books, I can see that, so far anyway, there really is no other recourse…and Ms. Wiesner does not fall back on any trite let’s-make-everything-come-out-right-regardless-of-background-or-characters fashion. And if that’s a little confusing, you really are going to have to discover for yourself what I mean. It’s really worth it! I also love the continuation of characters from the previous books, even if it’s not detailed, but the connectedness to the two previous books in this series is an aspect that I enjoy a lot. You never truly lose contact with characters that you grew to care for and, frankly, that is one of the biggest things for me regarding any series. What drew me first to this series—the intrigue of an organization that can do what other, more regulated intelligence agencies cannot—continues to delight. It’s a fascinating concept and one that I really enjoy…although to be honest I think it works better in fiction than fact and that’s perfectly all right with me. All I can say is, with BOUNTY ON THE REBEL’S HEART, Karen Wiesner has upped the ante and left me hungering for more and more of her amazing Incognito Series. Enthusiastic applause.” ~Kathy for Delightful Divas Reviews
    4 ½ Delightful Divas! "Karen Wiesner continues her Incognito Series about the Network and it’s operatives in this third book. Karen knows this organization and her characters well, and pulls off twists and turns I never would have expected, though I should know better after reading the first two books. This book follows the others in that it is a fast-paced romantic suspense, loaded with action and very powerful characters. The Network is complex and I am continually surprised by the depth and intelligence of it, and the author’s obvious organization of the complexity of it all. Each time that I think that maybe the Network is behind just a little, I am proved very wrong. I am enjoying the glimpses of humanity that I get to see from the operatives, because they are mercilessly trained to be more like machines. As with the other books, I immediately fell in love with the characters. They are amazingly real and very memorable. Karen is obviously a very talented writer and I am so happy to have the chance to read and review her work. I look forward to the next book in the series." ~reviewed by Melissa for Dark Diva Reviews
    4 Books! "This next foray into The Network took me completely by surprise. I wonder if Karen is a master chess player as Angelo says the upper echelon of The Network is? Just when I think I know what to expect in tone and style, Karen pulls a lemur out of her magician's hat. Once again, the reader goes undercover with an operative in an attempt to flush out that sick whacko gone rogue, Jameson. We briefly met the enthusiastic Natalie Francis in the previous book and I was surprised that she was the choice for heroine in this book. I didn't think she'd be ready. Natalie sure didn't think she was ready for an operation usually slotted for the upper level operatives. But she, like the readers, trust the seemingly omniscient leaders, Shannon and Angelo, of whom we don't see much of this go-round. And yes, they're right again. Natalie is perfect for this op. I liked Natalie. She was more approachable than the other operatives we've met but no less effective in doing her duty for The Network. I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't conflicted to extremes for the love she felt for Rebel as the story progressed. True, The Networks rules, no emotional entanglements what-so-ever, still dog her thoughts and her actions but Natalie doesn't let it stifle her. At one point, I thought she was pretty darned courageous in the choice she eventually makes. I also liked Reb, our very complex and engaging hero. He's not as emotionally crippled as Raven was in the last book because Rebel had the knowledge of the "why" of things. However, he has been compromised in other ways. If you read the previous book, UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, there was a foreshadowing that Rebel had been "conditioned" by Jameson. All kinds of thoughts zinged through my mind at that point, but in no way could I have envisioned what Karen's devious mind could have concocted for poor Reb. The dynamic between Reb and Natalie was unique. I have read too many romance stories where a strong woman - whether it be in skill, intelligence or physical ability--intimidates the man and he responds by being an arrogant Neanderthal. Rebel's reaction is quite refreshing and believable, eventually becoming an asset. I have to mention that this book's title is ingenious in its play on Rebel Porter's name. It's not too often that a title can wrap in multiple meanings which only become apparent and appreciated once you've read the book. Cool. What I have come to expect in reading the Incognito Series continues in this story; heart pumping action, intrigue, shock and awe, passion and elation. The elation comes from this story having the closest thing to a happily-ever-after that can be established in The Network's parameters. I felt pretty darned happy with the relationship resolution between Natalie and Reb and I think you will too. The shock and awe portion? Oh you'll just have to read this book. My mouth dropped to the floor when I got to chapter 51. There's no way I'm going to give spoilers about this ... it has to be read to be believed. And I'm still not sure if I can believe it yet. I can almost envision Karen rubbing her hands in wicked glee after coming up with this twist. She's a very devious author. That said, I'm more than ready for the next adventure." ~The Long and Short of It Reviews
    4 Stars! “We heard a lot about Rebel in the second book. BOUNTY ON THE REBEL’S HEART is exciting. When the action starts, it doesn’t let up and you’re swept right along with it. There were some surprises and that’s always fun. I love that the women in this series aren’t helpless. Natalie is saving Rebel—not the other way around.” ~Manic Readers
    4 Stars! "Espionage and intrigue are key components in this new installment of Wiesner's Incognito Series. From the heroine who isn't quite who she seems to the hero with the mysterious illness, this book grabs you at the first page and doesn't let up on the action until the last page. When something goes wrong with Natalie's team, the two go undercover to stay alive--and, in the process, find love." ~Romantic Times BOOKreviews
    4 Angels! "This is another great story by Karen Wiesner. The characters she creates are so bold and full of life that you expect them to jump off the pages and the world they live in is so vividly portrayed that you feel like you are experiencing it right along with the characters. BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART is a book you won't want to miss. It's so full of danger, passion, and suspense that will keep you reading long into the night." ~Fallen Angel Reviews
    "From the Incognito Series by author Karen Wiesner, Book 3: BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART is another compelling "to die for" story! Trained operatives of the covert organization, The Network, deal out absolute justice when government organizations and the law fail. Natalie Francis runs against the clock to unearth the evidence. BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART is a fabulous read-as addictive as the first two book in the series, NO ORDINARY LOVE and UNTIL DEATH DO US PART. The Network series would make a great TV Series. A heartstopper filled with action!" ~Rolling Seas Reviews
    "Once again the masterful pen of Karen Wiesner has written a powerful novel. The romance between the two main characters is sexy and hot. The idea that The Network could actually exist is an intriguing one. As the tale of Reb is brought to a satisfying end, the reader cannot help but wonder whose story will be told next. I am always anxious to read what the fertile mind of Karen Wiesner has produced. She is a masterful storyteller and needs to be on everyone's automatic buy list." ~Writers Unlimited
    "Karen Wiesner's ongoing Incognito Series definitely is one not to be missed, and this book, BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART, is just one more installment that will have fans on the edge of their seats and wanting more. Magnificent."
    "The Network, in this story, really comes across in a Machiavellian, omnipotent, and omnipresent way--it is becoming a character itself. Ms. Wiesner's strongest point as a writer--her ability to create a fully developed, detailed-oriented world with its own rules that readers are invested in and believe--is as strong in BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART as in the first two books in the series. If you are the type of person who likes to see the sights on your way to a destination, than this book might be more satisfying to you than those who prefer to quickly get to where they are heading." ~Romance Reviews Today
    "Book 3 of the Incognito Series...was filled with some action and great twists; especially at the end. What doesn’t change is the action and romance. Karen Wiesner does a great job at paralleling these. She doesn’t overload you with too much romance and action, but at the same time you are definitely not lacking either. The ending is something I won’t give away, but it is wonderful and is something you wouldn’t predict." ~Front Street Reviews
    "This story leaves off where Book 2 ends…sort of. Natalie Francis, a low-level op is going on an undercover mission to retrieve information on the Network gathered by Rebel Porter (Raven’s partner). What happens, though, when she falls for the subject…again? This story is full of drama, angst, comfort, regrets, and love. Natalie is confronted with dilemma after dilemma as she tries her hardest to save herself, the network, and the man she loves. Once again, Ms. Wiesner has demonstrated her capability to make the unreal seem real. The whole book is like watching an action packed movie. This is definitely a good read, and I highly recommend it." ~TCM Reviews
    “The third Incognito Series book is a terrific suspense thriller filled with superb characters and plenty of plausible exciting twists that keep the audience reading to learn what happens next especially to Reb and Natalie. Though BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART can stand alone as a fabulous action-packed tale, fans will want to know how Reb and Giles got to the points where both are hiding. Karen Wiesner has another triumph in a winning series.” ~Midwest Book Review

  • Ley for Joyfully Reviewed
    Sep 3, 2017, 05:22
    Bounty on the Rebel's Heart

    Rebel Porter lost everything because of the 'Network'. His father and his wife's deaths were connected to the `Network', and the rogue agent Giles Jameson. Reb wants the Network and Jamison to pay for what they did to his family.

    Network Agent Natalie Francis goes uncover as Rebel's ex girlfriend. Her features are altered to those of journalist Adrienna Kelly in order to gain Rebel's trust and the evidence he has against the Network. In the beginning going after Rebel was just another job, a mission for Natalie, after finding him she finds herself wanting to abandon the network to be with him. But knowing what they know neither one of them will be safe.

    Bounty on the Rebel's Heart does not disappoint. This is a fantastic suspense novel, Natalie/Adrienna and Reb are a great team. I'm so fascinated by this society Karen Wiesner created. I can definitely see these books as serial movies. Her characterization is so strong and the characters are full of passion for the work they do and the people they love. Bounty On the Rebel's Heart is the third installment to the Incognito series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.
  • Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Sep 3, 2017, 05:21
    Brilliant. Book three in the Incognito series.

    The members call it "The Network", but the covert organization really has no name. The members are incognito, totally erased from the world. The organization has branches all over the world. Only the American President and a select committee in the White House, called Oversight, even know it exists.

    Rebel "Reb" Porter is on a mission to destroy the Network. Giles, the corrupt former head of Network operations who is now MIA, had killed Reb's father (a senator) sixteen years ago. Reb grew up and became an investigative reporter. He has evidence on Giles and the Network. A few years ago Giles had Reb's wife killed and made it look like an accident. Reb is determined not to get close to another woman for fear of the same happening. For two years now Reb has been in hiding with his German Shepherd, Scout. All his evidence is safely hidden. The last person he expected to come looking for him, and find him, was Adrienna "Ad" Kelly. Ad had been just one of many women he'd inadvertently shattered and destroyed. Last time he saw Ad, she hated him. So why is Ad really with him?

    Network operative Natalie Francis is altered to resemble Adrienna Kelly so she could get close to Reb and retrieve the evidence he has on the Network. The Network's secrecy would be totally compromised should she fail to do so. She did not expect to find Reb in frail form and horribly sick. Caring for him is not easy since strong odors cause her to have "mind seizures". But what is the illness Reb gets almost weekly? Where is the evidence hidden? And can she keep herself from falling for Reb?

    ***** This is the third book in the Incognito series and the author seems to get better with each tale she writes. The story is extremely well written and totally believable. If you are looking for a quick read go elsewhere. This story is so good you simply must savor it. As the ending drew near, I found myself slowing down to do just that. Unlike most novels in the Romantic Suspense genre, this one does not slow down toward the middle. It is not fast paced, but there intrigue throughout the entire book. Brilliant! *****

Chapter 1

The rural farmhouse was exactly where she expected to find it--smack-dab in the middle of nowhere. The yard had all the requisite junk cars and spare parts she'd anticipated, with multiple barking dogs sending up their warnings as soon as she came into sight in her compact car. She sensed eyes gazing on her from the house as she got out, and she looked around without hurry. Tense excitement--that it was about to begin--filled her.

Calming the dogs with a soothing greeting, she let them sniff her before she petted them. Then she proceeded, unhindered, to the cluttered porch. She could see stained and tattered curtains drop back inside as she knocked on a door in desperate need of new paint.

When the door opened, her gaze moved from the height of the adult she'd anticipated seeing down to a kool-aid-moustached, freckled and cowlicked boy peering up at her through the screen. The scent of fried chicken, buttery biscuits, and fresh corn made her realize suddenly just how hungry she was. But she needed information more than food. Besides, she wasn't sure she'd be welcome.

The matriarch--matriarch according the files she'd read about the family--appeared suddenly. Jolie Porter was a short, plump, older lady. She wore her graying hair in a messy bun at her nape.

"Can I help--" Jolie started to say, and then recognition flooded into her reddened face. "Adrienna? Adrienna Kelly?"

Adrienna jumped back to avoid the screen door, which flew open inches from her face.

"Well, gosh, we never expected... Come in! I can't believe it's you. It's been so long, and look at you. Just the same as always."

Engulfed in Jolie's arms, Adrienna intuited the hug was as much about relief as welcome.

Adrienna, as she wished to be known, walked into the kitchen.

"Jolie, I'm looking for Reb. I've searched everywhere, and he's all but dropped off the face of the earth. Yours is basically the only place I haven't looked. Have you seen him?"

Jolie waved away her question. "There's time for that later. You look famished. Come in and sit down. Have dinner with us first. Then we'll talk."

The no-nonsense tone of Jolie's voice made her aware there was no way she was getting out of the place until she'd been sufficiently stuffed with Porter hospitality. Figuring it was the quickest way to get what she wanted, she made no argument.

Reb's aunt eased her inside the house, into the massive dining room where the family ate dinner.

"Everyone, look who's here. Rebel's old friend Adrienna Kelly. Remember the summer she spent with us years ago?"

The faces were familiar from the files she'd read. Jolie's husband--Reb's uncle--looked like he'd spent every single day of his life working his fingers to the bone. The oldest daughter--someone who would have known Adrienna--was present with two teenage boys, a teenage girl, and the little boy who'd opened the door. Three farm workers were also at the huge table.

Overwhelmed by their warm, almost giddy welcome, she felt a little dizzy as Jolie bustled out and back into the room, gently urging her into a chair before laying down a place with another plate, utensils and a glass.

During the delicious meal she found herself devouring eagerly, she kept reminding herself why she was here as she handled the flood of questions about what she'd been up to in the past twenty years.

At one point, Jolie mentioned it was a pity Reb didn't talk about her much anymore. The fact that no one seemed uncomfortable with her presence was curious to her. Clearly, they knew nothing of her bitter parting with Reb.

Adrienna pondered on the issue as they all ate and talked. Are they just friendly, or do they consider me to be a part of the family after my single stay here long ago? Or do they see me as someone who might be able to help Reb? Something like relief radiated strongly in their enthusiasm toward her.

The family and workers dispersed after apple pie, and Jolie began cleaning up.

Now was the time to strike.

"Can you tell me anything about Reb? Have you seen him? Do you know what's happening?" she asked as soon as they were alone. She picked up a pile of dishes and followed the older woman into the kitchen.

"No. Only that Reb doesn't wanna be found. You've probably already guessed that since you haven't found him in all the places you said you looked."

It was the answer she expected, but she couldn't leave it at that. "I know, but I really need to see him."

Jolie glanced at her, her pale gray eyes filled with concern. "Why? Is there more trouble following him?"

"I think there may be. I know he asked you not to tell anyone where he was, but will you do it for me, Jolie? You know I'd never do anything to hurt him."

While she couldn't be sure Reb hadn't told his aunt certain things, she had a feeling he'd kept his private relationship with Adrienna to himself. Jolie wouldn't be anywhere near as friendly to her if she knew all the bad things that'd happened between them in the years following their break.

Turning the water on and squirting in dish soap, Jolie began to fill the sink. She talked as she worked, rattling plates busily. "He needs a friend right now. Maybe you can help him. Lord knows I've done all I can, with no headway."

"So is he hiding here?"

Jolie sighed. "None of us have seen him for some time. He told us not to go to him. He comes to us if he runs out of supplies. I just don't know how he survives out there..."

When she put a hand on her shoulder, Jolie looked back at her helplessly. "Please, Jolie. Tell me where he is. I think he'll want to see me."

"I think he'll want to see you, too, honey, but it's so dangerous. He told us not to tell anyone. That he'd shoot any visitors who came close. How can I let you risk it?"

"I can take care of myself. And I can help Reb."

The distress Jolie felt was plain on her weathered face. But Adrienna could see the decision there before Reb's aunt slammed off the water and reached with wet hands for the keys hanging near the door. "I don't know if I'm doing the right thing, but I'll take you to him. Let me go get a shotgun."

It was obvious that no one in Reb's family knew Adrienna Kelly had died in the September eleventh tragedy of 2001. Maybe Reb would accept her cover without question, too.

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