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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Audio Flow
Released on December 21, 2019
Source: Book Tour Provided
He’s a former Navy SEAL turned SWAT team commander and she’s an ER Nurse in a neighbors to romance. Everything about that sounded great. It was fun trying a new to me author’s series and new to me dual narrators.
Dirty Tactics opens with Sgt. Marcas \’Mac\’ Macarthur with his team raiding and busting up a drug ring before heading to his house for their monthy BBQ cookout. They all admire more than the landscape when his sexy neighbor is spotted. He’s been admiring from a distance. However, the attraction only grows so he’s got a game plan forming if she doesn’t beat him to the punch.
Sarena Rucker moved to a new neighborhood and hasn’t missed the hard body next door who factors in her wet dreams. ER work can be tough and draining, but seeing that out shirtless and mowing the lawn can revitalize even the deadest woman. She didn’t think he noticed her even though she knows that men do notice until the day they are facing off over one of his injured men in her ER. There this alpha male is in her domain and she calls the shots.
Hot and sultry, action-packed, and suspenseful, Dirty Tactics introduces a pair of confident lovers and strong characters on and off the job, their circle of friends, and the beginning of a series. I liked the way it introduces this story and the series as the plot moves forward so that there was no lag. It was a tight, faster-paced pierce. It was lust at first sight that quickly morphed into something else especially when the danger element of an enemy made while doing his job is set on revenge against Marcas goes after Sarena.
I found both characters engaging though they came on a bit strong from the get-go with the sexual attraction for my taste- more of a slow burn in preference. But, with their personalities and what they do for a living, it didn’t feel off either. They work life and death jobs, lead others and make tough decisions. Both are mature and have been around a bit, are confident, and ready so I found it nice that they just spoke their mind about what they wanted and liked in and out of the bedroom. The downside of their fast and furious relationship was there was not as much development and it skipped a few steps so that it went from nothing much to something lasting. Again, I could have wanted a slower build up, but went with it because of the focus on the action and their personalities.
As to the audio, both Wen Ross and Trei Taylor were new to me. I immediately connected their voice with the story and felt it was a good match on both counts. Trei offered a deep, rumbling voice telling Mac’s point of view and Wen took the alternating point of view with a lighter southern drawl for Sarena. They both handled male and female voices, the emotion and pace of the scene, and the author’s writing style just fine. I had no trouble between the sometimes quick swaps in narrator which helped me realize, probably much sooner, whose POV was being read.
All in all, it was a sizzling start to a series and I have a feeling Declan, Mac’s best bud, will be next the way the story thread was kept going. It will be fun to get all those SWAT team hotties, I think. I can recommend this book/series to those who enjoy a spicy hot romance and action element to their romantic suspense.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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