Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dangerous Desires - Dee Davis

Dangerous Desires
Dee Davis
Grand Central/Forever

Romantic Suspense

This is the second in a series that began with DARK DECEPTIONS. If you didn’t read the first book, you missed a good story, but you’re not going to feel lost here. This one begins with secret operative Drake Flynn working a job with a female spy. Unfortunately for him, it quickly becomes obvious (as in, the first couple of pages) that she’s only working him for her own reasons. The experience leaves Drake with a huge chip on his shoulder.

Cut to Columbia, where Madeline Reynard has been forced into working for a drug lord’s syndicate in a desperate effort to free her drug-addicted sister. When the cartel’s focus turns from drugs to weapons, Madeline manages to get a message out, detailing the danger and the general location of the weapons stockpile. Enter A-TAC, the secret operational group of which Drake is part. They can’t go in through the front door, since this is Columbia, and when things go wrong during the operation (objectives: destroy weapons and get Madeline and all her information back to DC,) Madeline and Drake get cut off from the rest of the group. That leaves them to make their way through the jungle to a secondary rendezvous point.

As with the first novel, there’s plenty of action. The first half of the novel involves the flight through the jungle, and the second half brings up some very interesting plot twists. Unlike the first book, though, this one didn’t ring quite as true. There were just too many coincidences for my taste. Still, the author really has a nice way with an action sequence, and places the action/suspense on a higher level than the romance, which is what I like in a book like this.

There’s a subplot that involves sabotage, either from within the group or in the chain of command. That plot was furthered here, but not finished. There are lots of clues dropped as to who the traitor may be, and I’ve got my main suspect pinpointed. The pace of the story moves along very quickly, only getting interrupted by some necessary background-sharing discussions. The end of this one seemed a bit abrupt, but I’m looking forward to seeing how the author ties up everything in the third installment.

Rating: 7
July 2010
ISBN# 978-0-446-54204-3 (paperback)


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