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Published by Berkley
Released on May 6, 2014
A female black ops agent is on the run after someone gave the kill order for her whole team and she runs to the last place she should go- straight back to the man she betrayed and had sent to prison during her last mission. Becca knows that all she can expect from Jarrett is anger and a need for revenge and he can have that if he will keep her safe.
Jarrett can’t afford to let Becca come anywhere near his heart again and he definitely doesn’t trust her explanation of why she came to him in the first place. This time he’ll do the using and makes that clear to her- anything he says and anytime. She agrees to his conditions. She has her secrets, but so does he.
Becca needs to figure out who set her team up and sold them out and she needs access to lots of information and intel to do it. Jarrett has it, but she just needs to persuade him to give her access. She can tell that he’s not as unaffected as he seems, but that doesn’t mean he plans to trust her or allow himself to let his guard down around her again.
Between scorching moments in bed, the two circle ever closer to a solution. A CIA agent is putting the pressure on and others are less than happy about Becca’s presence in Jarrett’s life. The danger is still out there and waiting for everyone involved to make a mistake. Jarrett himself has finally come to the conclusion that there is only one way to save them all.
Alright, so I was excited to read this one knowing that based on the blurb that things were going to get intense both inside and outside the bedroom. In the beginning, it had all that for me- the angry, vengeful, powerful man who allowed his betrayer back near him to put her at his mercy and the woman running for her life not knowing who her enemies were. The power dynamics were part of the tension.
Unfortunately for me, the power shifted quickly when the gal went all femme fatale to grab the reins and the guy let her. The book shifted from a strong romantic suspense to an erotic romance with some mild suspense to break up the bedroom scenes.
There were some other things that didn’t work for me. At times, a suspension of belief was required. It was tough to believe that this was a life and death situation when these two would rather play their bedroom power games then figure out who did and was still trying to set them up for burial. Then there was that scene at the end where all the CIA agent’s threats just went away. Another thing that I’m not sure what was the purpose was the other romance between Wade and Eli. Oh, and I suppose this a good place to warn that there’s some nearly closed door m/m action there. It distracted more than anything the way it was wedged in between things causing scenes to jump forward instead of transition smoothly.
Now, it’s not like I hated the book because I didn’t. I found it enjoyable just not riveting like it started. The characters were likeable if not engaging for me. I was vested enough to want to see them through their situations and get their happy endings and I wanted to see the situation wrapped up. The distance Jarrett and Becca had to come to have their romance was a strong part of the story and I enjoyed how it wasn’t instantaneous like the physical attraction and they had to work for it. I figured out who the bad guy was early on, but not why so I did have that to chew on.
I think my favorite part of the book was the camaraderie between Jarrett, Wade, and Sebastian. They are all long time friends and have each other’s backs.
In the end, I was glad to have read it and look forward to more from this author. I will recommend this for those who prefer the balance in their romantic suspense-style contemporaries heavy on the romantic side and that the passion is hot and frequent.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.