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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    Love the DeMarco's!

    My Review:

    This book starts out so funny and sweet with the hero of the story, Mal, slowly going insane with lust while he listens to the object of his desire, Janey, move around the office. His inner dialogue...I just loved it, especially his inner-lectures from his dead father!! But while this style started off really cute, there was a point at about 35%-50% into the book, where I was tired of it and wanted the story to really start moving forward. That did finally happen and I fell in love with the book again. There was just that section in the middle of reading it where I got a little worn down by the repetitive emotions and seemingly never-ending sexual tension.

    Overall this was a really fun read. Mal was a fabulous character although, at times, I had a hard time understanding his actions. In my defense, there were times when HE had a hard time understanding his actions too. I couldn't decide if the conflict was the way that he was written or if it was because he was working undercover and would let his real persona slide through. He is normally an undercover agent, but is working at the PI agency as a geeky computer guy with a shy persona. Unfortunately, it's hard for him to control his inner alpha when Janey is involved. Add to that, she throws him off-balance a lot of the time, and it's hard for him to stay in character...either of them and I honestly think that she brings out his inner-ditz sometimes too.

    I would consider this book light romantic suspense. While there were elements of suspense and action, they fell within the realm of a really fun and entertaining contemporary romance. This story was definitely more character and romance driven than your typical romantic suspense. As such, it would be great for readers that are just dipping into the suspense genre or for romantic suspense fans who are just getting into general contemporary romance.

    I really enjoyed the family dynamic of the DeMarco family. All of their stories were so well-developed. I love the fact that they all work in the family PI agency started by the parents, who just happen to be world-renowned spies with LOTS of influence in the political realm. I really hope that there are more books coming featuring this family. Janey has two gorgeous older brothers, Nic- who is the tough-guy agent of the family business, and Jimmy- who is the brains behind the inventions of the family business.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it!

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