Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon’s suspenseful, provocative series of double agents and dark desire continues with a novel featuring two men bound by a dangerous job—and by the cravings they feel for each other.

As the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them...until, suddenly, he gives in.

As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a fantastic, fast-paced m/m secret agent adventure full of plotting, subterfuge, and suspense. From alpha males who don’t express emotion terribly well to an entire cast of characters I found impossible to trust, this story ticked all the right boxes for me.

Hunter is a brilliant double/triple agent and I loved his complicated backstory. His blurred allegiances make for intriguing and unexpected plot twists. He is an emotionally constipated character perfectly suited for the son of one of the world’s most dangerous crime families. I love his skill set and his inability to trust as much as his dominant arrogance.

Will is only a little more emotional than Hunter is, but as the heir to a crime dynasty, his motives and allegiances are even more unclear than Hunter’s. Alternatingly innocent, naive, clever, and ruthless, I was unsure of his character right up to the last pages.

The chemistry between Hunter and Will is incredible, and while the beginning and end of the story are exciting and action packed, the men have little to do in the middle except battle for dominance as they enjoy some pretty rough and inventive sex. I’m not complaining, but the actual story does get a little bit lost for part of the book.

Surrounding Will and Hunter are the members of the CIA team working with Hunter and several players vying for power in Will’s family business. While the CIA agents are well developed into interesting characters, the various baddies are a little cliché and all too familiar. The ties between Will’s family members are more interesting and it took most of the book to work out their various interests and angles. I’m not sure why there were no MI5/MI6 agents working with the Germans and Americans to root out the evil British crime family, but I guess the author had a reason.

I read and enjoyed this without reading the previous book in the series. Events from the earlier book are clearly explained here, but I definitely would have started with the first book if I knew how much I was going to enjoy this one.

Also Available in the End of the Line Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Mr. & Mr. Smith post.

HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named Red-Hot Reads and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Talented Mr. Rivers (End of the Line #2) by HelenKay Dimon to read and review.

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