Read October 16-17, 2013.
Synopsis: A desperate search…
Schoolteacher Gracie James has never seen more danger than her kindergarten grade classroom, but when she goes searching for her missing sister, she’s thrown into a world of sex, crime…and passion. Following a hot lead, she sneaks onto a stranger’s boat—and gets caught. Their one-sided conversation convinces her of two things. One: the guy is seriously sexy. Two: he knows something about her sister. Oh, yeah. And did she mention he’s sexy? And a sizzling attraction…
Jake Alexander, former cop, is staking out a yacht brimming with criminal activity, for an insurance company, when a woman, dressed to kill and totally irresistible, stumbles into his dangerous undercover op. If he hadn’t tackled her, she’d have tottered straight onto the questionable yacht in those ridiculous high heels. Then she’d be dead. Or worse. As much as he’d like to kick her off his boat, he can’t risk her going off on some hare-brained scheme—but he can’t keep her around to muck up his job. Oh, yeah. And did he mention she’s distracting as hell? Lead to dangerous desire…
Unfortunately, she has a keen mind of her own. And a body any man would die for. Jake’s attempt to keep Gracie safe quickly morphs into a reluctant alliance. And a whole lot more… But Gracie finds herself knee deep in more trouble than she bargained for, with secrets revealed and the criminals coming after her. Unless they find a way to trust each other, they’re finished. Oh, yeah. And did they mention they’re in love?
Bookish things: Somewhere between 170-245 pages of dangerously delicious suspenseful romance. The cover is both soft and rugged, with the lust-filled gaze of the man on the cover coupled with the softer profile of the woman, the brighter colours really catch the eye.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.50
Annie Seaton’s Dangerous Desire is a great mix of suspense, excitement and barely contained lust.
Gracie, a small country town kindergarten teacher makes her way to the QLD coastline to search for her missing sister when she stumbles upon Jake, ex-cop who now does surveillance for an insurance company. The two make bit of a cliché coupling, the sweet, naive and innocent Gracie and hardened, rough, and wounded Jake.
The story unfolded at a slow and methodical pace, which was good because it allowed the reader to get to know Gracie and Jake outside of their stereotypical roles. The realistic elements of their ‘relationship’ added further dimension to them as characters and even though the constant bickering got a little annoying, I could believe it between the two of them.
The sexy stuff was more sweet than explicit, so it would suit most romance readers without ruffling feathers.
The criminal element to this story was well thought out and rather intricately written. I liked the gradual exploration and the peaks and troughs of the excitement. It felt realistic.
My main complaint would be about the ending, it felt rushed and while I didn’t ‘hate’ it, I felt that it was too perfect. I would have liked it to be a little less polished and more explanation around the ending – before the epilogue.
Pick up Dangerous Desire now if you’d like a nice Aussie romance.
A few things I noticed:
8% – ‘”Or you (delete you) were you looking for me?’
9% – ‘…but if (if) you want to play I’m happy…’
38% – ‘…until he (she) pushed herself to the surface…’
88% – ‘He should have been (delete been) made her listen…’