Author: Mandy Baxter
Publisher: Kensington Books/Zebra
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Strong, relentless, and lethal, he plays every angle to trap the worst criminals. But for the one woman he can’t resist, he’ll break all the rules…
For hotel manager Tabitha Martin, bad boys usually spell disaster. And her new guest promises just that, with his formidable build, tattooed biceps, and quiet take-no-mess attitude. Tabitha is already putting everything on the line to escape her vicious drug-dealing ex’s control for good—but a single sizzling moment in “Damien Evans’” arms has her wanting all the trouble he can give…
He’s been undercover too long and likes living dangerously too much. U.S. Marshal Parker Evans figures maybe that’s why he doesn’t immediately put Tabitha in custody. Sure, she’s his one chance to finally take down a major drug ring. But every minute he protects this mostly innocent blonde leaves his heart all too vulnerable. And the cost of desire could be a deadly endgame…
Review: I really enjoyed getting into this romantic suspense novel from Mandy Baxter. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but that didn’t matter. It was twisty and suspenseful, and there was a shadow on the character’s relationship that made for really great tension between them AND the reader. Sometimes writers create a character that’s doing something wrong–oftentimes against their will, which makes you as the reader conflicted as well. You like them but you know what they’re doing is wrong or unethical and it makes you feel all squicky inside. The entire time you’re reading it you’re waiting and hoping for them to do the right thing. This book had that and much more!
Tabitha is in nursing school and working at the front desk of the hotel to make money to pay for it. Her life has been hard, especially since her brother Seth has put her through the wringer. Drugs, breaking the law–what hasn’t he done?! But it seems like he’s finally taking his life seriously and Tabitha’s glad. She doesn’t want to make him feel bad, so she hasn’t let him know that his ex-friend and her ex-boyfriend Joey is blackmailing her into letting him use the hotel to sell his drugs. It’s highly unethical AND illegal and if caught, she’d go down as an accessory. But what can she do? He’s threatened to turn in her brother if he gets caught.
But who’s this handsome tatooed stranger? At first she’s really turned on by the hot, alpha male who checks into the hotel. But she should have known better because soon he’s hooking up with her ex to sling drugs. Why is she always drawn to the bad boys? He seems so different, so much better than that. Why couldn’t he be one of the good guys?
Damien’s treading the line working undercover in the drug trade. He doesn’t know how much longer he can do it and stay sane. This one last complication in their quest to find the elusive drug dealer Gerald Lightfoot might just do him in. He’s really drawn to the hotel employee he meets the first night, but dammit! She’s involved with the drug dealer.
Or is she?
Maybe they’re all playing a part to bring down the drug dealing going on in the hotel–just not everybody’s willing.
This is a hot, sexy romantic suspense that’s got a lot of action and some conflicting emotional territory you’re going to have to cross before you get to the end. Great read! Thanks.