Review: Dangerous Desires by Dee Davis

14 Feb

Dangerous Desires by Dee Davis
Grand Central (July 2010)
Mass Market: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-446-54204-3

Favorite Lines: “Madeline Reynard squinted in the bright light. After three days of total darkness, the dappled sunlight hurt her eyes. She flinched as the guard shoved her forward, losing her balance and careening into the exercise yard.” (p. 1)

As the extractions expert for A-Tac, an elite CIA black ops unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college, Drake Flynn knows how to survive behind enemy lines. But he’s about to meet one adversary he can’t subdue . . . or resist.


Stranded in the Colombian jungle after a mission goes bad, Drake has only one objective: evade the mercenaries hot on his trail and deliver “the package” to U.S. officials. But “the package” has a mind of her own, and she has no intention of trading one set of captors for another. Madeline Reynard is beautiful, headstrong, and hell-bent on escape after years as a crime lord’s pawn. She’ll risk everything for freedom, even if it means deceiving the dark, handsome operative who now holds her life in his hands.

Drake has been burned too many times to let a woman manipulate him, especially a secretive one like Madeline. Even so, they cannot deny the attraction between them. Now as enemy forces close in, Drake and Madeline must trust each other with their lives-or face certain death.

Book two in Dee Davis’ A-Tac series, Dangerous Desires, focuses on team member Drake Flynn. The poor guy let himself fall in love with a double-crossing spy; he was forced to kill her and became bitter and filled with distrust for the female species. Love was marked right off of Drake’s list of things to do until he met Madeline Reynard.

It’s an interesting story line with tons of possibilities; too bad I didn’t believe in the relationship. I couldn’t suspend my belief long enough to enjoy two damaged people falling in love. It just wasn’t plausible for two damaged people to fall in love in less than a month. Especially when you factor in the lack of trust both Drake and Madeline had for one another through the book.

Davis did do a great job showing two people attracted to one another. And she avoided having her characters switch personalities by immediately falling in love. Both either proved the other wasn’t worthy of trust or went through moments of wondering why they allowed the other to lull them into complacency. But it wasn’t enough.

Dangerous Desires has great action scenes and an interesting plot, but as a romance I found it to be lacking. I never fell in love with either character. I also think you should read book one before attempting to read this one. This is the first Davis book I’ve read, so there were a couple of instances when I became confused about what was happening. After reading a little bit more, I think it’s pretty safe to conclude those spots were mentioned in book one of the A-Tac series.

I won’t be continuing this series.


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