Tuesday, June 25, 2013

REVIEW ~ Tempted into Danger by Melissa Cutler




“Keep the asset safe or die trying.”
When a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero's life gets complicated. Keeping the anti-crime analyst safe from the notorious mercenaries after her program will put everything he's worked for at risk.
Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rain forest. Vanessa reminds herself that she's just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent…until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?

REVIEW

Oh my gosh... I don’t really know where to start with this book.  I fell in love with Diego even before reading this book.  So imagine my surprise when the book was actually able to back up the hype and then some.  TEMPTED INTO DANGER is intense, captivating, and steamy.  It had my attention from the very beginning and left me wanting more.  I literally devoured the book in a 24-hour period.

Vanessa Crosby is an American that lives and works in Panama.  She’s uber smart and works for RioBank as a senior analyst in the criminal detection department.  Vanessa, in her spare time, has created an algorithm that can track the movement of bulk cash using small deposits and wire transfers.  This program puts Vanessa in the crosshairs of the Chiara brothers, Italian mercenaries who run a big business of being brokers for criminal activity.

ICE agent Diego Santero is one of the best heroes I’ve ever read.  I have a major thing for an alpha hero who packs guns and knows how to use them.  New Jersey native Diego is a cocky and confident soldier through and through.  Diego (Devil) is the senior agent and team lead for one of ICE’s best black ops teams.  Diego’s team consists of Ryan (Eight Ball), sniper Rory (Ghost Rider), sniper John (Thriller), and intelligence specialist Alicia (Phoenix).

The team’s mission is simple, pick up Vanessa from her apartment and deliver her to a safe house where Diego’s boss, ICE director Thomas Dreyer and Special Agent Aaron Montgomery will talk to and convince her to work with them.  Something goes terribly wrong.  Vanessa is kidnapped, the safe house has been compromised and not knowing who to trust, the team is forced to go their separate ways in order to regroup.

While evading those who want them dead, Vanessa and Diego fight the attraction they are feeling for one another.  Their first kiss turns out to be deadly, just when it seems they are in the clear.  Diego has a never quit attitude and will do whatever it takes to make sure his “asset” is safe, even if it means him dying in the process.

What I love about Vanessa and Diego is that they bring out the best in each other.  Vanessa has her own issues that Diego does his best to correct and in turn makes her a stronger person who learns her self worth and finds her inner strength.  On the flip side, Vanessa manages to break down Diego’s self-imposed walls of armour to get to the person he is inside.  Diego is all about heart and he risks his life on a daily basis for a promise he made years ago.

I mentioned before that TEMPTED INTO DANGER was intense and captivating.  At times, I literally felt like I was as much a part of the action as the characters in the book.  If Melissa was looking for reader shock and awe, she definitely achieved it. 

Rating: 5

Release Date: June 4, 2013
Book Length: 288 pages
Source: Author & Personal Purchase
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback


Purchase Links:  Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback


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