Author: Lena Diaz
Publisher: Harlequin/Harlequin Intrigue
Date of Publication: January 21, 2014
It can’t be a coincidence that in the past twenty-four hours, three different thugs have tried to kill or abduct Ashley Parrish. Sexy SWAT team leader Dillon Gray saved her, but now he wonders why someone would want to murder the beautiful accountant…and why he finds her so infuriatingly attractive.
Then the FBI comes after Ashley for embezzlement, and Dillon knows he must protect her from a killer and prove she’s being framed. Taking her on a hair-raising run through dangerous terrain barely fazes him. But wanting her for more than just one night scares the hell out of him.
First my disclaimer: I’m an RWA chapter-mate (First Coast Romance Writers of America) of Ms. Diaz. That in no way influenced my review (well, if it hadn’t been a good book, I wouldn’t be posting the review on my blog, but other than that it didn’t influence me).
This is my second Diaz book and this was as good as the first. Ms. Diaz made this a suspenseful romp with constant twists and turns in the revelation and explanation as to why Ashley has been targeted multiple times by killers in the past day or so.
Ashley was a great heroine. Understandably, she just wanted to finish her accounting audit (which she had just done when a gunman invaded the building she was in) and go home after having spent several weeks in the small Tennessee town. Unfortunately, killers were after her and she ended up having to stay, and ends up bunking with Dillon. (Personal note: killers in pursuit – bad. Hot cop roommate – OMG. Almost worth it). She didn’t let the situation demoralize her, though she was understandably confused, especially when she gets accused of embezzlement, since she’d never embezzled anything.
Dillon – strong, stubborn, and determined to protect Ashley even when she doesn’t think she needs or wants it. I loved how his entire police force closed ranks with him to help protect Ashley when the FBI came to call, and the tag names for their walkie-talkie conversations were hilarious. I loved his horse ranch and was so sad when I learned the reason for its name.
I didn’t guess just who or what all was involved in this book, so that’s quite something. Then again, Harlequin Intrigues somehow usually do keep me guessing and that’s one of the reasons I like them.
So, overall, I have to say this is a great book that never drags and will keep you guessing right up until the end (4.5 stars). I can’t wait to read Ms. Diaz’s next work.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.