She’s too good to be bad
A bad-boy member of an elite Special Ops team, Mercer has never been assigned an undercover mission he couldn’t complete. But when his latest job requires him to gain the trust-and get into the bed-of his newest target, the sexy, fiery colonel’s daughter, he has a whole new challenge ahead of him. All evidence points to her being a traitor to the country he’s sworn to protect, but the crackling desire between them is too strong a feeling to ignore…
He’s too bad to resist
Zoe has always kept her secrets close to the vest. The only woman in a decorated military family, she’s been taught that to let someone close is to flirt with disaster. But when the dangerously handsome, alpha-strong Mercer comes blazing into her life full-speed, it’s all Zoe can do to resist his wicked seduction. As danger circles closer, Zoe must decide if she can trust him to protect her-but there’s no way he could be bad when he makes her feel this good…
I haven’t been in a romantic suspense mood as of late, which is never good when they pop up on my review schedule. Dangerous to Know is the third romantic suspense on my schedule this month and even though the last two were great, I was worried that my hesitancy for the genre would color my opinion of the book. Fortunately, this was not the case. Despite a rather complicated beginning in which a case assignment was handed down through multiple channels – with enough names being given that I actually had to read the passage twice – Ryder has penned a novel that sucked me right in and kept me up late trying to reach the end before sleep claimed me.
What made Dangerous to Know unlike most military-based romantic suspense novels I’ve read was the level of conspiracies that were taking place. As much as I would love to believe that the events that occurred were complete fiction – sensationalized even – the existence of national and international investigative agencies suggest that they are well within the realm of possibility. Considering the secrets being sold and how easy it was for the person responsible to frame an innocent person – someone who trusted him as if he were family – freaks me the heck out. This made the treasonous aspects of the story eerily realistic to me. The romance part was off-the-charts hot because the spark between Mercer and Zoe was such that they both had a hard time resisting the other (even if Zoe didn’t realize she had the same effect on Mercer as he had on her). Much like Zoe, I would have had a very, very, very difficult time trusting what they had was real considering how they started. Unlike Zoe, I wasn’t raised with a military mind set, so I’m not sure I would have ever given Mercer the chance she gave him once his deception was discovered. But that’s what makes the book interesting – Zoe was able to acknowledge the extremes of military service and decide if the promise of Mercer outweighed their beginning.
If I could, I would give Ryder a standing ovation for the final showdown scene between Zoe, Mercer, and the traitor. As I read it, I could actually visualize the action sequence playing out in slow motion on a movie screen. It was that good!!! That scene alone is worthy of five stars, but when combined with the conspiracies (yes, plural), the action, the sizzling sex, and the lust-driven romance (no hearts and flowers here), it all made Dangerous to Know a book I will reread. It also left me ready for the next book in the series, not only to find out which of our Unbroken Heroes is next up for love (Bram, maybe?), but also to find out where the conspiracy will lead the team because not all of the questions were answered in this installment. Well done, Dawn Ryder, I do believe you have solidly knocked me out of my romantic suspense doldrums.