Bad Boys Undercover, #0.5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Date of Publication: December 16, 2014
Number of pages: 200
HelenKay Dimon kicks off her hot new romantic suspense series, Bad Boys Undercover, featuring the fierce men of Alliance—and the only women capable of taming their hearts.
Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he's on vacation but he's really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.
When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn't who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward's not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.
As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.
The “how” was simple enough to understand. The zipping attraction had led to flirting. That explained why he spent most of the last six nights parked on a stool across from her, trading bits of island gossip. Well, that and because he was on Maku, a private island in the pacific nation of Fiji, to gather intel. She just happened to be a smokin’ hot source of intel.
Which led to a new issue. For a supposed resort bartender she sure knew her way around a zip tie. And he was not an easy man to get the jump on. He’d been trained by the best at The Farm, the CIA’s top-secret training facility near Williamsburg, Virginia. There he’d learned how to do everything from survive interrogation to fly a helicopter to cut a man’s head off, sometimes all at the same time.
A hundred-twenty pound hottie shouldn’t worry him but he’d lived long enough to appreciate the power of a pissed-off female. And he seemed to have ticked this one off in a big way. Normally not a problem, but he had a job to do and being tied to a chair made that tough.
He twisted his hands, trying to keep the rest of his arms still and not give away his movements as he inched his thumb closer to his back jeans pocket. “Uh, Tasha?”
He still wasn’t clear on when and how he’d gone to sleep. “You don’t seem too happy about that.”
“Not really.” She didn’t bother to look up as she shuffled her way through his wallet, picking out one item at a time, checking it then letting each drop to the floor by her feet.
Again, not exactly the usual bartender MO. Of course, every item on the floor could pass for real but wasn’t. His cover depended on that level of craftsmanship.
He cleared his throat. “This is not the way I generally end a date. Start one, sure, but not end.”
“Shut up.” She exhaled as she dumped the rest of the wallet on the floor and slipped a phone out of her back pocket.
“Now, that phrase I’ve heard on dates.” His eyes narrowed as he realized the cell she held looked an awful lot like his burner. “Care to tell me what we’re doing?”
She finally glanced up, firing a load of you’re-a-dead-man fury in his direction. “Who are you?”
What's better than a Bad Boy? A Bad Boy and a woman strong enough to meet him toe to toe. Our first introduction to Ward is as he is waking up in Fiji, tied to a chair in a little shack. He had thought he was heading off with Tasha the hottie bartender for a little naughty nookie time, when she catches him going through her purse and gets suspicious of his actions. Turns out she has every right to be. Needless to say, Tasha gets the drop on him and boy is he unhappy about that.
Ward is CIA and Tasha is MI6. Both are on the island to stop a fugitive dictator who has a stockpile of weapons, just itching to start a little war. Neither knew the other would be there and to get the bad guy, they will have to not only learn to work together, but trust one another. Can two strong willed people used to being in charge, be able to get the job done?
I really enjoyed this read. This is basically the background story for the Alliance, a joint CIA/MI6 task force that the next Bad Boys agents will be members of. If this is the kind of action and romance that we can expect from the upcoming full length novels, sign me up! I am giving this novella 4 stars, for a high quality read and a fantastic start to a new series.
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HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.
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