8.04.2011

Book Review: Dangerous Secrets (Katie Reus)

Synopsis:

Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she's finally out from under her father's shadow, she won't let anyone stand in her way. It's tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can't figure out why he won't make a move...

To cinch the deal of a lifetime, Adam Marcellus agrees to help Izzy's eccentric father convince his daughter to move home. He'd assumed Izzy would be another spoiled rich princess, but he's surprised to discover his feelings for her are stronger than anything he's ever experienced. When a deranged stalker targets her, Adam finds himself fighting not only an unknown threat—but an unexpected attraction to the one woman he can't have...

Review:

Let's see... overbearing father, independent daughter, sexy stranger... oh yeah, this has the makings for a hot romance!

Reading this book was a refreshing treat for me. The elements that Katie Reus weaves into her plot were everything I crave in a good book. Suspense, danger, drama, conflict, secrets, a hot, protective man, a fierce, independent woman, and enough sparks to burn it all down!

Izzy was a great heroine. She's a strong woman with a good heart and enough brains to stand on her own. She doesn't back down from anyone, whether it's her father or a criminal. She knows what she wants and she goes after it and that includes the hot new man in her life. You know, grab the bull and all that.

Adam is a sexy, independent security contractor and the last thing he needs to do is babysit. But meeting Izzy suddenly makes the job much more bearable. And difficult. The attraction is almost instant and the urge to keep her safe is an instinct he can't ignore. But keeping her safe is harder than he expected, because now he has to protect her from a criminal and from his secret. Adam has alpha written all over him but he keeps his chest thumping to a minimum. Izzy is a strong enough woman to balance his character. He knows he doesn't need to shelter her, but as any good alpha knows, there's no substitute for a good ass-kicking when defending their woman. God, I loved this man!

The story was written well enough that it could have stood on it's own without the romance, which is always a good sign when I'm reading my books. The suspense was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, the danger kept me turning the pages and the characters made me fall in love with them.

Rating:


I couldn't put this book down.  This was the whole package for me and I can't wait to read more of this author's books.  This is definitely a book I will read again!

Heat Factor:


Sizzling passion, suspense, danger and secrets fuel a fire burning within both of these characters.  Put them together and they ignite the pages!  Hot!

A copy of Dangerous Secrets was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com.

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