Review: HelenKay Dimon – Dirty Deeds (The Dirty #1)

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Author: HelenKay Dimon
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary:

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand…night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.

Review:

Alec Drummond is a billionaire tycoon whose companies supply seeds around the world. The seeds are also included in the seedbank in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway—a Doomsday vault set up to protect seeds for future agriculture needs if/when radioactivity destroys all we have now. As a quick aside—the author includes a note telling readers this information is real.

Alec’s company is global but his operating base is in Munich, which is where he meets Gaige Owens, a computer genius forced on him by Seth Lang, whom we met in Guarding Mr. Fine. Seth is now heading a covert operation under the auspices of the CIA, supposedly, though that is thrown in doubt throughout the story when it appears that Seth is not backed by the organization.

The book started slowly for me, with the author getting all the background information we’d need later laid down in small increments, so at times I was a bit bored. But by 35% in, the story picked up and went on to get more exciting so I just had to keep going. The complexity of what’s involved is much more than I could begin to describe in a review, but suffice it to say it would be highly appealing to those who like brain-twisters, covert ops, and/or complex and complicated plots providing excitement and adventure both in and out of the bedroom.

Gaige and Alec explode together when they decide to give in to their primal urges and pursue a “no strings attached” relationship. But do they trust each other? Certainly not—at least not at first. Alec holds trust very dear to him and only allows a few people into his inner circle. He was betrayed by his father and uncle when he was younger so is suspicious of most others except for his two brothers and two employees who have been with him for years. The author cleverly throws most of them under the bus as she romps through this tale leaving little breadcrumbs of clues—some fake, some not—and then brings the drama to a head in the exciting last chapters, which take place in Norway.

I almost solved the mystery by guessing the top troublemaker, but I missed that person’s partner in crime by a mile. Ah well, figuring out one of the bad guys was enough to make me happy in this mystery/espionage thriller. If you like your MM romance to start out with hot men who come together in lust before they realize they might be heading for love, and if you want to add a heck of a lot of mystery and intrigue, attempted murders, betrayal, and international espionage into the mix, then you should certainly pick this one up.

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