Author : Helen Kay Dimon
Publisher: Random House/Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
In this steamy novel of seduction and international intrigue, two brave men are stripped of their defenses—and exposed to dangers and desires that simmer below the surface.
As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.
Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.
For fans of danger and intrigue, principally surrounding international politics and the undercover agents who bring the criminals to justice, this book continues the Tough Love series, though it can easily be read as a standalone.
Rick Fine is the man behind the scenes, the one who plots and plans and uses his brilliant mind to undermine the criminals dealing in smuggling, weapons running, and more. His conclusions have only failed him once, and that nearly cost the life of the best agent he’s ever had the pleasure of observing. He’s on his way to Munich where he’ll assume the role of chief diplomat at the consulate after the previous man committed suicide. Both he and his superiors in the CIA and the SAD division believe that it wasn’t suicide at all, and Seth is out to prove them right.
But along the way, he takes a well-deserved night off at a bar where he satisfies his appetite with quick sex in the back room of a club with an extremely fit, extremely hot man—one who he’d love to get to know better, but can’t afford to linger long enough to fraternize with. So imagine his surprise when the man shows up at the consulate as the bodyguard assigned by his superiors at SAD. Not only that, but this man, Seth Lang, is the same man Rick had failed many years before.
As Rick acclimates to the job in Munich and discovers his predecessor’s possible involvement in weapons smuggling, he and Seth bump heads while finding it difficult to stay away from one another. Their sexual attraction still simmers, but their alliance in other ways, such as their intellectual conversations, and enjoyment of similar things, as well as the commonality of their employment circumstances all seem to come together to create a chemistry that neither man can deny.
What happens when they realize that this might be more than a fling? And what happens when Rick confesses his role in the tragedy Seth still can’t put behind him?
The stories in this series are all action-packed, high energy, sparking physical chemistry, and smoking hot sex scenes. And though the mystery in this one is good, the pure attraction and companionable teamwork these two men undergo to solve it are what really makes it work. However, I felt it was not quite as good as the previous book in the series, since the mystery and action were not quite as intense or complex as they were in book two, hence the 3.5 star rating.