Published by TLM Productions LLC on January 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Crime, Second Chance Romance, Suspense
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My job is to protect. I’m the best, the king’s elite.She’s the only thing strong enough to make me look away.
Logan Hunt is a guard. He’s constantly aware of his surroundings; he knows every angle; he searches and rescues. He’ll take a bullet.
His new assignment is to protect the queen regent, keep his eyes on her at all times. He’s more than up to the task…
Until a face from his past returns, and the one mission he’s sworn to complete becomes his biggest liability.
DIRTY DEALERS is an all-new stand-alone CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE coming Jan 24, 2017. It features secrets, lies, double-crosses, angst, a touch of darkness, and panty-melting sexytimes.
I’m really not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, I really enjoyed it and was hooked – I read it quite quickly. On the other hand, I did have some significant problems with it which lead to this becoming a three star review as opposed to say a four or five.
“I fell in love and my eyes were closed, so I stayed there. Now my heart’s eyes have been opened, and I see everything worth seeing.”
My first problem was that I needed some more background info on Logan, his relationship with the royal family, and a quick run down of the last two books. This is marketed as a standalone but I was quite confused because you’re just expected to know everything that’s happening right from the beginning. These questions needed to be more adequately addressed to help all readers, especially new ones.
“Yes, he was playful, but he was also focused, even then. He hid a seriousness that only I saw.
Now he’s one of the king’s elite guards, and I’ve forfeited the right to even dream about him.
Only I do dream about him. I never stopped.”
In the early stages of the book, everything was extremely secretive, to the point that I really had no idea what was actually happening. There’re no clues to try and figure out these secrets, just scenes and dialogue jumping all over the place. Even just one clue, one little puzzle piece could’ve helped to bring the confusion down. I think this was my biggest downfall. Thankfully we finally started getting somewhere because if more of the story was like this, there’s a good chance I would’ve put it down.
One thing that I loved and that was super important to this story was the fact that we got POV from both Kass and Logan. It was definitely intense but helped a lot to see not only all that Kass knew, but to see the inner workings of Logan’s mind and how far he was willing to go; if he was willing to bend his professional and personal boundaries.
To be completely honest, I like this a lot more as a suspense novel than I do as a romance novel. The build up, the hype, the mystery, secrets, the villain, it was all just so much more believable to me. This is where my focus always seemed to fall with the relationship of Logan and Kass fading into the background. I liked what we got of them, just wish there could’ve been more.
At once he moves so close our noses touch. “Logan!” I squeal, pulling back. He catches me.
“I want you to see me.” His voice squeezes my chest, and this time my eyes do mist.
“I see you,” I whisper.
Second chance romance is a really hard trope for me because I need to BELIEVE that this is a second chance. Make me feel it! I don’t need someone to tell me that the characters dated however many years ago and that they loved each other, I need it proved to me through actions and words. In this case, I wasn’t buying it. We’re given very little info on their past relationship and then there were no growing feelings once they came back together. It was instant: they found each other, then they were in love again. I need a build up in this kind of situation. I just didn’t buy their connection, though I desperately wanted to.
I really liked the plot of the story and how intense it was. As I said, it felt interesting and refreshing, it just held my attention more than the romance factor did. I would’ve liked the see the romance in the spotlight a little more or just more prevalent.
“I’m so dirty.”
“You came clean.” Our voices are quiet. We’re in this intimate space.
“I did bad things.”
“You’ll never do them again.”
“It’s too late. The game has already started.”
I’m really excited to read more from this author. I’ve heard so many good things about her books that I think the issue for me here was that I just should’ve started with the Princess duet before I tried to read this one. I’m sure my reading experience would’ve been much different if that was the case.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.