Monday, July 27, 2015

Review - Deadly Intent by Misty Evans

Deadly Intent
by Misty Evans
Series: Southern California Violent Crimes Taskforce, #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 13, 2015

She’ll do anything to find her sister…

Deep undercover with a Tijuana drug cartel, FBI agent Sophia Diaz is two days away from making the biggest bust of her career…and tracking down her sister who went missing ten years ago. But when a rival cartel puts out a hit on her, there’s only one man who can keep her alive.

He’ll do anything to keep her safe…

Immigration enforcement officer, Nelson Cruz, has his hands full with his own operation while undercover as a member of the Savages motorcycle gang. When orders come down that he has to protect the sexy, but oh-so-aloof, Agent Diaz without breaking his cover, Nelson must put his skills to the ultimate test. Especially since a previous relationship with Sophie compromised his career and wreaked havoc on his heart.

South of the border is no place to die…

Nelson’s never gotten over the time he spent in Sophie’s bed or the fact she double-crossed him on their last mission together. He can’t trust her…and she doesn’t trust anybody. As the two fight their red-hot, south of the border attraction, Nelson discovers a secret that could destroy Sophie’s world forever. Once again, he’s forced to put his job—and his life—on the line for her. Can he keep her alive and out of prison? Or will their careers, as well as their hearts, go up in the flames of desire?

Another great romantic suspense from Misty Evans. With a slightly darker edge, this book starts with action on the first page and doesn’t stop until the end. The romance, like the overall story, was a bit dark and edgy, and worked nicely with the undercover operation and past history Nelson and Sophie share.

I loved the fact that Sophie was a total bad-ass. She definitely knew how to take care of herself but...her need to do things by herself all the time was really frustrating. I understood her motivation, especially as it related to her sister, but boy did I want her to take the help that Nelson offered. I liked seeing the more human side to her as well, watching her take care of her “boss's” little sister Lexie, and her insistence that she not become a casualty in the gang war her brother has created.

Nelson was just an awesome hero. He so wanted to follow the “one bitten, twice shy” mantra with Sophie, but he couldn’t deny he wanted her and I loved that no matter what, his loyalty to her never wavered – especially as challenging as she could be and some of the things she was involved with. I loved his honesty and willingness to do what he needed to, and of course all of that being wrapped up in one sexy, skilled, alpha male didn’t hurt either!

There was no lack of chemistry between Nelson and Sophie, and that chemistry seemed to spill over in to their working together – despite Sophie’s efforts to keep Nelson out of her “case”. The edge to their relationship was perfect for the danger they were in and I just knew Sophie wouldn’t be able to deny Nelson, especially once she admitted that she might need him.

I loved the plot of the story. It had a very real feel to it, and it seemed to be something that I might expect to read about or see in a breaking news update. Again, the whole book exuded a dark and dangerous edge, and it totally worked. There was minimal involvement from the SCVC Taskforce, but they were there when needed, and I loved the way some of their other cases were tied into this one. I also loved the ending, watching the SCVC Taskforce members outside of the job, being more like a family than a group of highly specialized agents.

This is a great story for anyone who likes a romantic suspense with lots of action and a bit of edge. Deadly Intent will not disappoint!

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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