Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - This Year's Black (Killer Style, #2) by Avery Flynn


A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. But one night with a stranger changes everything.

Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams for high fashion, but that doesn't mean he isn't always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn't going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone—even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.

Just when it seems like it couldn't get any hotter between Ryder and Devin, the case takes them to a tropical paradise where the danger increases. From the catwalk to the pineapple fields, they have to work together to track down the missing millions before the thief finds—and kills—them.

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My Review - 4 Stars:

Once again Avery Flynn delivers a delicious story with an extra helping of sexy and a double portion of snarky banter, all served up on a platter full of the fashion world. This second installment in her Killer Style series had me laughing and fanning myself as Ryder and Devin have to work together to uncover an embezzler while the sparks are flying between them and danger seems to find them at every turn.

I just loved Ryder. She was one strong, kick-ass heroine who has been hurt in the past by a relationship gone bad…and has put herself in a one-year time out as far as relationships are concerned.
“She loved her best friends, but she’d made her decision of a commitment-free year to retrain her guy-dar so she’d stop falling for the same brand of shithead as she had in the past and she was sticking to it.”
Devin was sexy as all get out and, despite his rough exterior and the scars he carries from his past, was sweet and everything you would want in an alpha male. He can’t believe it when he finds out that the PI that his boss has hired to help investigate the embezzling going on turns out to Ryder – the woman who he had a steamy, one-night affair with…the woman who snuck out in the morning and refused to answer any of his calls afterward. Of course the tension between the two makes for some fabulous scenes, especially since Devin can’t help but find himself turned on by everything that Ryder does – even when she’s telling him where to go and how to get there!
“Devin had been told, subtly, and not so subtly, to fuck off too many times to count, but this was the first time that his only response was a twitch behind his zipper.”
And when their investigation has them travelling together to attend fashion week on an island off the coast of Chile, the close proximity has sparks flying as both Devin and Ryder try to keep from acting on the attraction that they both feel.
“Trapped in midair, halfway into the nine-hour flight, Devin acted out his own version of Jack typing in the old Steven King movie, The Shining. But he was punching random letters on the keyboard to keep the horny away instead of the crazy.”
As their investigation begins to ruffle the wrong feathers and they find themselves having to rely on one another to stay alive, I loved watching Devin and Ryder work together to keep each other safe – and I especially loved the just how much respect Devin gave to Ryder and her ability to fight and protect herself.

This was a fun read, especially with all that witty banter, snark and fun commentary that Avery Flynn adds to story. One of my favorite lines, from the beginning of the book…
“Cam’s dating history was as long and sordid as a pornified version of War and Peace.”
Looking forward to the next book in the Killer Style series!

I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.


  1. This one has been everywhere today. It sounds so good and is definitely tempting me. I so need to avoid all internet until I get my current pile read and reviewed. lol

    1. I've read several of her books and love her humor and pop culture references (and her heroes are usually really hot so that doesn't hurt either!) I know what you mean about staying off the internet - *click*click*click* kindle is going to stage a revolt one of these days!


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