Author: Lena Diaz
Publisher: Harlequin/Harlequin Intrigue
Date of Publication: November 19, 2013
DEA agent Nick Morgan had no choice but to break up with the love of his life, Heather Bannon. He knew that if he was seen anywhere near the gorgeous P.I., he could kiss his career goodbye. But when Heather’s twin is abducted, Nick reconsiders his priorities.
As Nick leads Heather on a dangerous undercover mission to rescue her sister and topple an elusive drug lord, he knows he was wrong to end their relationship. Working side by side, Nick realizes his love for her is as strong as ever, and he’ll risk his life to prove it. Having Heather pose as her twin—down to her tattoos—could be genius…or a fatal mistake.
First, a disclaimer. I am a chapter-mate of Lena Diaz (and a NaNo buddy too). That only influenced me to the point where I picked her book up on NetGalley. Other than that, this review is in no way biased.
I loved this book. I even got to like Nick, though in the beginning (and even toward the end) I thought he was an arse. Then again, I can see why he’d be so careful when it came to Heather, given his career called for a squeaky clean image with no potential links to drug dealers. Still, he jumped to conclusions and was a jerk for a long time.
Heather was great. I loved her devotion to her family, even though her sister wasn’t worthy of it. I can really get behind a heroine willing to put her life on the line, literally, to protect her family. She didn’t even think twice when asked by a slimy ATF agent to pose as her sister, just agreed and went in even though it would put her in the range of a very nasty drug dealer.
I have to say I liked the drug dealer too. He was … interesting when you got to actually meet him late in the book. Very charming, very polished. Not really what I was expecting out of him, but then again, I think sometimes we picture villains as mustache-twirling, evil cackle, hands-rubbing together monsters. Definitely not hear. Oh, well, he was definitely a monster, but he had a nifty surprise of his own that I was fascinated (and surprised) to learn.
I didn’t figure out most of the twists and turns ahead of time, which is a major thumbs up to Ms. Diaz. I’m getting a bit tired of seeing plot turns a mile ahead. Maybe I’m just simple-minded when it came to this book, but I don’t remember thinking “Oh, I bet X is Y” and finding I was right many pages later on. So, yay on that one.
Nick and Heather have a very bumpy road with some major roadblocks that they have to get through to find their way to one another on a permanent basis, and I was rooting for Heather all the way, finally even hoping Nick got him some love toward the end. They both deserved it.
Thanks for writing a great mystery, Ms. Diaz, and wahoo to Harlequin Intrigue!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.