Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com, Romance, Suspense
A strapping bodyguard and a mysterious beauty on the run cross paths and tempt danger in Cozumel…
For Nasir, former Special Ops military man and bodyguard, his new job seems like an easy-money gig: trail a Russian mobster's runaway wife in Mexico, enjoy the sun, observe, and report. Just one rule: don’t get too close. But it’s all Naz can do not to watch the alluring dancer’s every move. A closer look is irresistible—especially when she’s in trouble.
Evalina escaped to the island getaway to live an untraceable life—as far away from the past as she can get. But Eva can’t ignore the dark, muscled stud who rescues her from a drug gang. He says he’s an ex-cop on vacation. When providence throws them together time and again, Eva thinks it’s all a beautiful coincidence. Now she’s giving in to a strange new sensation: trust.
But Naz has a mission to accomplish and a secret to keep. Eva has her share of secrets, too. And as the heat flares between them, Naz knows that trust could become the most dangerous impulse of all.
*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
“Why is your heart hammering, Naz?”
“Because you’re crack and I’m an addict.”
J.T. Geissinger is one of those authors that I will drop everything to immediately read her books, even if I’m in the middle of reading another. Dangerous Beauty is a spin off from the Wicked Games series which introduces Tabby and Connor, two of my favorite characters. While you do not have to read the series in order to enjoy this one, I still would. They’re just that good. Those characters also play a pivotal role in this book and more than likely the next book as well. Warning, this does end in a cliffhanger and I did not realize that going in. Let’s just say, I need the next book ASAP!
“Big burly men doing things like cooking or holding a baby are one of the most erotic sights in the world. It could be improved only if he were doing it in his underwear.”
Dangerous Beauty revolves around Nasir, whose first job as a PI working with Connor and Tabby, is to find Evalina who has run away from her husband. His job is to watch her, take some pics, and keep her mob boss husband in the loop of her going ons.
Living on the island of Cozumel, Eva is finally getting a taste of freedom that she hasn’t had in a very long time. But when she runs into trouble, Nasir is forced to break cover and save her. He can deny the attraction he had for her behind the lense, but meeting her brings that attraction up close and personal for them both. While Eva might be wary of Naz, she can’t help warming up to him as every conversation between the two is a mix of banter, insult and heat. Seriously, the book is a suspense romance with a strong dose of rom-com to it as well. The banter between the two is laugh out loud funny.
“You’re adorable.” He kisses me softly on both cheeks. “Adorable, charming, and completely irresistible.”
“You seem to be resisting just fine,” I grouse.
“What’s that mean?”
“I mean you still have your pants on. And your shoes!”
He strokes his thumbs over my cheeks, gazing down at me with his heart in his eyes. His look leaves me breathless. “I don’t have a condom,” he says softly. “But even if I did, we should wait to take the next step.”
I stare at him. “Wait to take the next step?” I repeat slowly, horrified.
“Not for me. For you. I want it to be special—”
“I want it to be now,” I interrupt. “Do you have any idea how long I’ve waited to feel like this? I’ll give you a hint: forever.” He inhales, his gaze contemplative. “And furthermore,” I say, my temper rising, “we don’t need a condom because I’m on the birth control shot. At least I’m assuming your concern is pregnancy and not diseases, but if I’m wrong, I’ll have you know I’m disease free. Are you?”
“Yeah,” comes the instant reply.
“Okay, then. Let’s do this.”
In response to my challenging stare, he dissolves into laughter again, rolling onto his back and taking me with him so I’m splayed across his body like a blanket. He cups my face in his hands. “We have all the time in the world now,” he murmurs, gazing up into my eyes. Then, in a different tone, “Did you just glance at the gun?”
“I bet I could force you to do me at gunpoint.”
As Eva begins to warm up to Nasir, He quickly learns that not all is what it seems when it comes to Eva and while she is beginning to trust and open up about everything that has happened, he begins to feel guilty that they met, essentially under false pretenses since he is working for her husband. As their stories unravel and truths come to light, both characters will face danger at every turn and the action ramps up exponentially. Get ready for twist and turns and an ending I didn’t see coming, mostly because I didn’t know it was a cliffhanger.
“I’m not fearless. I’m afraid of everything. I’m even afraid of you.”
“But you’re still right here with me.”
I blow out a shaky breath and close my eyes. “I won’t let my fear make the decisions.”
With exquisite tenderness, Naz brushes his lips against my temple. He whispers into my ear, “And that—my sweet, brave, beautiful girl—is the definition of courage.”
This author always blows me away with her characters and stories. It’s seriously hard to put down her books before reaching the last page. Honestly, I got to the last page immediately lamenting and the “What?! Why?!! Nooooo!!!” echoed in my room because I needed more. Dangerous Desire releases in August which feels so far away and I will be anxiously awaiting the next book. 4.5 stars!!