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Dangerous Desire by Annie Seaton
A desperate search…
Schoolteacher Gracie James has never seen more danger than her kindergarten grade classroom, but when she goes searching for her missing sister, she's thrown into a world of sex, crime...and passion. Following a hot lead, she sneaks onto a stranger's boat--and gets caught. Their one-sided...
Dangerous Desire by Annie Seaton
A desperate search…
Schoolteacher Gracie James has never seen more danger than her kindergarten grade classroom, but when she goes searching for her missing sister, she's thrown into a world of sex, crime...and passion. Following a hot lead, she sneaks onto a stranger's boat--and gets caught. Their one-sided conversation convinces her of two things. One: the guy is seriously sexy. Two: he knows something about her sister. Oh, yeah. And did she mention he's sexy?
And a sizzling attraction…
Jake Alexander, former cop, is staking out a yacht brimming with criminal activity, for an insurance company, when a woman, dressed to kill and totally irresistible, stumbles into his dangerous undercover op. If he hadn't tackled her, she'd have tottered straight onto the questionable yacht in those ridiculous high heels. Then she'd be dead. Or worse. As much as he'd like to kick her off his boat, he can't risk her going off on some hare-brained scheme--but he can't keep her around to muck up his job. Oh, yeah. And did he mention she's distracting as hell?
Lead to dangerous desire…
Unfortunately, she has a keen mind of her own. And a body any man would die for. Jake's attempt to keep Gracie safe quickly morphs into a reluctant alliance. And a whole lot more... But Gracie finds herself knee deep in more trouble than she bargained for, with secrets revealed and the criminals coming after her. Unless they find a way to trust each other, they're finished. Oh, yeah. And did they mention they're in love?
Posted October 16, 2014
I've had this around for a while but it wasn't until I read the Prequel released this week called Seductive Secrets I decided to read it.
This is the story of school teacher Grace, the younger sister of Regan from the prequel. She hasn't heard from her sister for several weeks and is beginning to worry. When school breaks up, she decides to travel to Airlie Beach on the north coast of QLD Australia to try and find her.
The first person she bumps into is Jake, a former cop, staking out the luxury yacht Midas where Regan was supposedly working before she stopped talking.
Grace is a bit all over the place, trying to be independent but torn between her concern for her sister and wondering if her rackety sister has finally gone too far and become involved in something shady.
Jake, hot, sexy Jake is a bit of a mystery man and she tends to vacillate between suspicion and OMG I'm going to prove I'm not the naive idiot he thinks I am...thus proving his point.
Overall this was an easy read with a touch of mystery and danger but more concentrated on the romance. A few continuity issues with the Prequel struck me but for those who read this book a year ago I guess they wouldn't be so obvious when reading the Prequel now.
Posted January 18, 2014
If you like your romances suspenseful, pick this book up! Annie's smooth writing will mesmerize you.
What would you do if your sister, your only family, didn't check in when she'd promised and you couldn't reach her? That's the dilemma facing naive Gracie, a kindergarten teacher in Dangerous Desire. Gracie's innocent attempt at being a detective in a world of sex, drugs and espionage has her watching the boat she believes her sister to be on from what appears to be a nearby deserted boat. Fortunately for her - though she doesn't feel that way - that boat is actually occupied by Jake.
Jake, a sexy retired cop, is shocked to watch dressed-to-kill Gracie board his boat. When he realizes that she's not as she appears, he fights his attraction to her and vows to keep her safe and out of harm's way but Gracie fights him every inch of the way. I wanted to shake her at times!
I really enjoyed this story, the characters and the coastal setting. The attraction between Jake & Gracie was sizzling HOT. The twists and turns as the mystery of what had happened to Gracie's sister was deciphered will leave your head spinning.
If you like your romances suspenseful, pick this book up! Annie's smooth writing will mesmerize you.
I Loved It!
Posted January 3, 2014
This book was supposed to be a suspense romance but it didn't really keep me on the edge. Not that it's not well written or enjoyable. Just not really suspenseful. Although the book portrayed Gracie as naive and innocent being a kindergarten teacher and all, I didn't feel that unfortunately. I felt she was just stupidly stubborn even though I know her judgement was a little clouded due to the anxiety of finding her sister. There were parts where memories of David was brought up but I didn't see the relation. The chemistry between her and Jake could be better I felt.
I love the writing nevertheless and it was a good read.
Posted January 2, 2014
Wow what an excellent read, Annie has taken a different direction this time with her storyline and she has
definitely not disappointed. This book has danger, excitement and romance. The sexy Jake and the naive Gracie get to together! unintentionally to try and find her sister.
The rest of the book is up to you guys to read, but I can wholeheartedly recommended this great page turner
Posted December 30, 2013
A totally Wonderful romantic suspense. It has everything you could want romance, suspense and a hot guy. I couldn't put it down once I got into it
I fell in love with Jake and Gracie who wouldn't want a guy like that to be watching over you. I would totally recommend this great read and author
Posted December 29, 2013
This is a wonderful surprise read from author Annie Seaton. While not her standard contemporary romance she has written a suspenseful romance that keeps you turning the page. The chemistry between Gracie and Jake is powerful but issues with trust get in the way. It's a great read that no one should miss!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2013
Gracie James always follows the rules. That changes when her sister, Regan, goes missing. She will risk her life to save her. While investigating Gracie meets Jake Alexander, a former police officer. He agrees to help her. The chemistry between them is red hot, but she's not sure that she trusts him. What is happening on the pleasure ship, Midas? How is Regan involved? Annie Seaton weaves an action packed story filled with so many plot twists that I didn't know who the villain was until the very end. Gracie is a strong person with a loving heart. She is not the Little Miss Innocent that Jake thinks. Jake is an Alpha male who wants to protect those he cares about. He has suffered so many losses. He is afraid to trust in love. When these two are together their passion is visible. The ending is unexpected. I was taken unawares. If you enjoy romantic suspense, don't miss reading Dangerous Desire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2013
All her life, Gracie has relied on her sister Regan for strength and courage. Regan has taken care of Gracie since their grandmother and mother passed away. Being out of touch with Regan is inconceivable to Gracie. After two weeks of not hearing from her sister, Gracie decides to go look for her. She absolutely needs to make sure Regan is fine and not in trouble... with the police... again. This sets up the main plot line for a thrilling romantic story full of secrets, undercover cops, drugs, booze and the most handsome man Gracie has ever met.
Jake... From the moment Gracie and Jake meet, and not under the usual circumstances, they develop a love/hate attraction too powerful to deny. Jake is not too good at relationships or stubborn women. Gracie on the other hand, is trying to establish her independence and find the courage to act against adversity using her own initiative. She finds herself in the unique position of offering protection and caring for her sister, something that has never happened before. In their relationship, Regan was always the protector while Gracie was always the little sister in need of protection. As Jake tries to protect Gracie from stepping into a dangerous situation, they lock wills and each stands their ground not willing to compromise.
This thrilling story will keep you at the edge of your seats. Kidnappings, hot pursuits, passionate love scenes and criminals are all mixed together as Annie Seaton masterfully combines these elements to give us a fantastic story. You will not be disappointed!
Posted December 26, 2013
Kudos Annie Seaton!! I have never been fan of suspense...until now. Add romance to the suspense, mix in the well developed characters of Gracie and Jake, place in beautifully described surroundings and I'm enthralled!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2013
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
I’m going to be honest here and yes, this is going to sound bad, but I never actually wanted to read Dangerous Desire. I just simply wanted to do a spotlight post for my blog. But somehow the publicist and I miscommunicated and I got the book to review. Thank God for the misunderstanding! I’ve seen Annie’s name around, but I’ve never read any of her books before. I can say, I’m looking forward to reading more of her books now.
So going in, I was pretty much like, “okay...let me just read this book and get it over with.” ~ Seriously, yeah, I was like that. But the book had me from the beginning with, “You okay there, lady?” I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen.
What would you do in order to find your missing sister? Gracie James will risk her life and her heart to do just that.
Gracie is a Kindergarten school teacher and is naive to the world around her. When her older sister, Regan, and only family member goes three weeks without being heard from, Gracie sets out on an eleven hundred mile journey to find out what is going on and make sure she is okay. When the only lead she has dries up, Gracie decides that she has to get on the Midas "party boat" herself and see if her sister is actually on board. Doing something of this nature is totally out of Gracie's comfort zone, but she will do anything to find her sister. As a way to calm her nerves and gain some additional courage, Gracie stumbles onto what she thinks is an old deserted boat, the Pretty Lady. Only the boat isn't deserted. Lurking in the dark is Jake Alexander.
For the past three weeks, Jake a former cop turned insurance investigator has been working the nightshift, unseen, taking pictures of who gets on and off the Midas and all of the activity on board; a majority of which is questionable.
Unsure if they can trust each other, Jake and Gracie form an alliance. Jake's gut is telling him that there is something big going on aboard the boat and somehow Gracie's sister is involved and a willing participant. Jake makes it his mission to make sure Gracie doesn't get on the boat. But Gracie is tired of everyone telling her what to do. She has come a long way and she has to make sure her sister is safe. Gracie's dogged desire to find the truth puts her life in jeopardy.
I won't say Dangerous Desire had me on the edge of my seat, but I will say it kept me intrigued as to what was actually going on. Things aren't always as they seem. Sometimes when someone does something bad, it's actually for a good reason. At least for me, Dangerous Desire kept me guessing up until the second to last chapter. The last chapter puts all the pieces together for you nicely.
Bottom line, Dangerous Desire is a test of love, faith, trust and determination. In the book, you will get a mix of people who let their inhibitions go wild, a hero with the need to protect who loses his heart in the process, and a heroine who starts out being a little weak but turns into a strong and determined woman.
Posted October 7, 2013
Dangerous Desire was a suspenseful, nicely romantic read that was difficult to put down--even when the characters were being less than cooperative. ;)
I loved Jake. He was smart, sexy, and tough--and always honest with Gracie, even when she didn't seem to deserve it. I could really feel his frustration with his current position in life--it had to be difficult, suddenly being on the outside of police investigation, forced there by an on-the-job incident. The descriptions of the injury and his scar made me cringe every time. Although he had understandable bitterness, he was making the best of his situation by doing what he knew how to do in another capacity. Seeing him have to remind himself not to use the police lingo every time made me feel for him even more.
His early coldness toward Gracie seemed a bit much at first, but when we find out his back story it begins to make more sense. Soon the protective streak that must have been a big factor in his job choice takes over, and from then on I was on his side 100%.
Gracie is initially a very sympathetic character. Her sister is all she has in her life, and she is determined to do everything she can to find her. She is wary of Jake and unwilling to trust him, which is wise, but it felt as if that lack of trust persisted a little bit too long--and it will rear its ugly head in a huge way at the end, when it is most definitely not deserved. (She was scared, exhausted, and under huge amounts of distress, though--I suppose that could be a measure of justification. Jake forgives her, so I guess I can too.) She spends a lot of time telling herself that she is smart and capable--while making choices that definitely aren't. She makes up for it toward the end, though, when all heck breaks lose and she does manage to get herself to safety through some pretty big odds. She made up for a lot of earlier frustration by being able to pull it all together at the end--I especially enjoyed how random facts that she'd taught her kindergartners would come to her in times of crisis and help her out.
The relationship between the two had just the right amount of steam, and nicely balanced the suspense parts of the plot. However, at times it felt like their relationship was pushed along unnecessarily by episodes of Gracie using her looks and sex appeal to try to manipulate Jake--which went directly against the "boring plain Gracie" she claimed to be the rest of the time. It felt a bit jarring, and uncharacteristic for her. Still, it made for some interesting scenes. ;)
I definitely didn't see the twist at the end coming--nicely done.
The HEA and epilogue are satisfying, though they felt a bit rushed. I was left with a few questions (Where does Jake's wealth come from? What happened to his marriage? Why didn't Reagan's email ever reach Gracie?), but they weren't enough to detract from my overall enjoyment of this book. Dangerous Desire was a fun, steamy, quick-paced romantic suspense, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of the same from this author.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 3, 2013
I feel like I know these characters as real people. Jake, the wounded hero, found Gracie hiding on his boat while he was taking surveillance photos of a larger boat for an insurance company. Gracie the naive kindergarten teacher, is on a quest to find her wild child sister on the same large boat. Jake agrees to help Gracie on her quest because he's got that "save the damsel in distress" syndrome. Through it all the two start having feelings for eachother, despite Jake having commitment issues. What neither of them know is that all is not as it appears to be.
I really liked this book! Annie Seaton knows how to write a good romantic suspense. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
Posted October 2, 2013
This is a good, quick story, suspense read. It can be a tad lagging in the beginning but give it a few pages to set the scene and it starts hopping. The characters are good and unique (schoolmarm who doesn’t “look” like one, and a sexy ex cop taking pictures) and written well, so that you find yourself yelling at them from time to time. She doesn’t realize the danger she is always in so you cringe and want to smack her and say “Hellooo! He’s a creeper, don’t go there!” The ending seemed a little quick and rushed, but had a very good twist to it that makes it worth it. I recommend it if you want a suspense, but not so complicated, romance read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2013
I receive this book to do a honest review.
I must say that this book surprise me a little.I dint`t read the description because i want to be suprise and i was.
I like it.But i dint`t love it.I want to but i can not.This book has everything:humor,love,action,secrets,all the things,but it has not that book that i want to devour it.The action was a little boring.I mean,one minute want to read more,one minute a want to stop.It was fine,it is a great book,great story,different,that it was wat i want to read now.But you have to tty this book.Maybe you will like more.When you read the book,it is like you are in a movie.All the cops,the missing sister,ll the humor in the right time,the love and the romance.I will like to see a movie about this book.
I love the story very much.The sister that disappear,and the other sister that it`s looking for her,to find her,even she knowa that it is dangerous.That in the whole thing she finds love,passion it is perfect.I will never get tired to that story.Must of this story i`ve seen and herd in movie,never in paper.It is the first time.But it was great and i`m thankful that a have the opportunity to read this book.
You have to try it.You will like it,and even better you will love it.:)
Posted September 27, 2013
In Dangerous Desire by Annie Seaton, Gracie's sister Regan has been uncharacteristically out of touch and Gracie is worried. After 3 weeks with no word, small town kindergarten teacher Gracie steps out of her element when she starts searching for Regan. Gracie narrows down where she thinks Regan might be, and as she does, she enters a world of danger and deception. Gracie is full of plans to find Regan...she is the only family Gracie has left. When Gracie sneaks onto a boat she thinks is empty to spy on the yatch her sister might be on, she does not expect to run into anyone!
Jake is shocked when the gorgeous woman sneaks onto his boat...and even more shocked by both his reaction to her and her plans to find her sister. A former police officer, Jake now works for insurance companies. Soon he could find his latest job becomes more than he expects, especially when Gracie's plans could cause interference. The people Gracie thinks Regan is with are a little scary, shady, and their actions questionable. There is much more going on that Gracie can imagine, and she's going to have to be very careful... Gracie is not even 100% sure she should trust Jake, but she has to trust someone, and Jake is determined to protect Gracie.
Jake and Gracie establish some sort of relationship, oh, and parts of it are hot! As they both seek to find answers, at the same time getting to know each other, danger is lurking closer. Jake and Gracie are really going to need to put their trust in each other to make any of their situation work and find Regan. Can they? Will Gracie get some answers? And then what?....
Dangerous Desire was a fast paced, suspenseful romance! Annie will keep you guessing until the end not only about the romance, but about the mystery!
Gracie is a courageous, but somewhat naive woman who I really wanted to shake at times! I felt like she jumped into things without thinking, with no thought to consequences. She has a heart of gold though and loves her sister, and apparently will do anything to find her! After her last 'relationship', Gracie strives to be independent...but she will still need someone on her side. Jake is a natural protector whose past I would have liked a bit more information about. In the here and now in Dangerous Desire though, Gracie is lucky to have found him and not someone else! Jake finds Gracie's actions frustrating at times, but does not force her to hold back, instead he finds ways to be there for her. Both Jake and Gracie are strong characters who really deserve happiness. I was intrigued with how their fledgling romance would play out and Annie did not disappoint!
With smooth writing that will entrance you, I'd recommend this to any romantic suspense reader!
Posted September 25, 2013
Gracie, Gracie, Gracie....
Sometimes I didn't know whether I wanted to be her best friend or slap her. Let me start from the beginning.
(Or kinda from the beginning!)
This book was good. I enjoyed it and hope to read more from this author in the future. It had a well thought out plot that even I didn't
guess about. (And usually I see the twist coming from a mile away!) And I loved Jake. He was hot, sexy, alpha, a bit broody and
imperfect. All things that make up a great hero! But Gracie. *head desks* There were times that I just didn't understand the way
she was thinking. I get she was scared but still, her behavior at times was beyond reckless and it put herself in needless danger. No
matter what Jake did or said, she didn't trust him. Even close to the end, she assumed he was a bad guy. And I was all "wth is that about?!"
. I got over it, of course, but still her behavior had me having to stop reading this book several times to deep breathe.
Back to the book itself, the plot was done well (though I was shocked and a bit baffled by the twist. I didn't see it coming but still, it all
resolved so quickly, I had to go back and re-read that part a couple times. and editing errors were almost non-existent. There is an
epilogue which is adorable and I enjoyed reading that. The cover is also great! I look forward to reading more from this author in the
*I received an ARC of this review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Posted September 25, 2013
Schoolteacher Gracie James has never seen more danger than her kindergarten grade classroom, but when she goes searching for her missing sister, she’s thrown into a world of sex, crime...and passion. Following a hot lead, she sneaks onto a stranger’s boat—and gets caught. Their one-sided conversation convinces her of two things. One: the guy is seriously sexy. Two: he knows something about her sister. Oh, yeah. And did she mention he’s sexy? And a sizzling attraction…
Jake Alexander, former cop, is staking out a yacht brimming with criminal activity, for an insurance company, when a woman, dressed to kill and totally irresistible, stumbles into his dangerous undercover op. If he hadn’t tackled her, she’d have tottered straight onto the questionable yacht in those ridiculous high heels. Then she’d be dead. Or worse. As much as he’d like to kick her off his boat, he can’t risk her going off on some hare-brained scheme—but he can’t keep her around to muck up his job. Oh, yeah. And did he mention she’s distracting as hell? Lead to dangerous desire…
Unfortunately, she has a keen mind of her own. And a body any man would die for. Jake’s attempt to keep Gracie safe quickly morphs into a reluctant alliance. And a whole lot more... But Gracie finds herself knee deep in more trouble than she bargained for, with secrets revealed and the criminals coming after her. Unless they find a way to trust each other, they’re finished. Oh, yeah. And did they mention they’re in love?
I have to say most suspense/mysteries I can guess what is going to happen in the end, but this one kept me guessing until the end.
Very good story about an "innocent" school teacher who after losing contact with her sister goes looking for her. Gracie is so in over her head when she tries to find information on her missing sister. I like that Gracie jumps into action, but she was a little crazy after finding drugs and almost being attacked by shady characters not to tell Jake everything she knows. Jake is a protector, and this former police officer jumps into that role in Gracie's life as soon as he finds her snooping on his boat. Both keep secrets from each other that could hurt each other and lead to some distrust on both of their parts.
Their intimate scenes are very sexy and you can feel their desire for each other. The story was at times nail biting like when Gracie is trapped on the yacht with the drugs or running from the bad guys on the island. The intrigue of the story kept me guessing what was going on with Gracie's sister, was she being held? was she part the the drug running?
A very good story, that kept me rapt until the very end!
Posted September 25, 2013
Gracie James is a kindergarten teacher who has gone searching for her missing sister. Jake Alexander is a former cop who was forced into an early retirement due to an injury he received while on the job. Jake has been working an insurance claims case and has been staking out the luxury yacht Midas, taking pictures to document the happenings on the boat. Gracie's last email from her sister has lead her to the Midas, and she is determined to do whatever it takes to get on the boat and find her sister. Sparks fly between Jake & Gracie when Jake catches her on his boat where she has snuck on board to get a better view of the Midas. Jake's overprotective nature kicks in and he will go to any lengths to keep Gracie safe and help her find her sister, even though Gracie constantly puts herself in danger.
Gracie has spent her entire life being taken care. She has been coasting along, never challenging the events in her life unless she has been prompted to do so by outside forces. She knows that she needs to take control of her life and jumps into action when she realizes that her sister is missing.
"All my life I've been the quiet one, the coward. Finally, thinking Regan needed my help gave me an opportunity to prove myself...to me. To prove I was capable of looking after myself and not relying on others all the time."
Jake has been burned by love before and has a hard time trusting. His failed marriage and family history has him avoiding any and all emotional commitments, but he can't control his protective nature.
"All my life, I've had this need to protect. My mother threw it back in my face and too off ad I failed miserably in my marriage. Then I had to leave the police force. Since then I haven't had much of a chance to protect anyone. Until this little blonde bombshell drops on my boat and I decide she can't look after herself."
Gracie's recklessness and Jake's overprotective nature continue to challenge their relationship, and when events on the Midas come to a head, Gracie finds herself in danger and Jake is faced with the possibility of losing Gracie.
This book is filled with danger, suspense, mystery, and lots of sexual tension between Gracie and Jake. Ms. Seaton does a great job developing the story and bringing it to an exciting conclusion, mixing the right amount of danger and intrigue with romance. A great read that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
I received an ARC for an honest review.
Posted September 24, 2013
Loved this book!! Gracie and Jake have an instant chemistry that pulls you in. Gracie's desire to save her sister overcomes any worries for her personal safety and sends her directly in the path of former police officer Jake Alexander. Jake feels a burning desire to keep Gracie safe from harm, but that isn't all Jake desires. The heat from these two burn up the pages as they team up to look for Gracie's sister. Throw in a little mystery a dash of intrigue and mix well with a heaping dollop of romance and you have Dangerous Desire.
I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 24, 2013
I really enjoyed the setting in this story. I think I need to read more books set in Australia. I love the idea of this nice sweet school teacher doing whatever it takes to help her sister. This book was a suspenseful romance that kept my interest from the first page. Of course I think maybe Gracie was just a bit naïve but that just added to her charm. This is because while she was naïve and not a little bit impetuous, she wasn't stupid. There were a couple instances where I wanted to smack some sense into her but really, isn't that what makes a great story? The way you can connect with the characters and imagine them your friends or yourself in their place?
Ms. Seaton did a wonderful job of setting the stage for the plot in this novel. I was drawn in and read with bated breath. Was her sister alive? Was she in on it all? What exactly was going on? I just had to keep reading to try and figure out some of the answers. I like to try and figure stuff out before it happens so I can be all: "Ha! I was RIGHT!" *g* Well in this book, sometimes I got it right and sometimes not. That's ok cause the fun is in the trying and I love being surprised when I am wrong. So the writing was great, kept my interest throughout. The characters were interesting and the mystery was tight. You were never really sure what was going on or who to trust.
So go pick this book up if you are in the mood for a fast paced mystery complete with a steamy hot romance. Can I just say how much I love the Entangled Ignite imprint? I love romance and all its many genres but Romantic Suspense has always been my favorite and my go to whenever I am undecided what to read or need to take my mind off things. I look forward to reading and reviewing many more Ignite books in the future.