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Tough Enough

Tough Enough

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by Michele Albert

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Will Tiernay is an operative with Avalon, a top-secret army of mercenaries who recover stolen art and antiquities. When his new assignment -- tracking down an art forger at a museum reproductions company -- leads him directly to his former lover, Mia Dolan, he discovers he wants her more than ever. But Mia is his



Will Tiernay is an operative with Avalon, a top-secret army of mercenaries who recover stolen art and antiquities. When his new assignment -- tracking down an art forger at a museum reproductions company -- leads him directly to his former lover, Mia Dolan, he discovers he wants her more than ever. But Mia is his prime suspect.


Mia had always imagined Will to be married with a houseful of kids back home in Ohio. So she's shocked to discover that he's a very single journalist researching the inner workings of Haddington Reproductions. More shocking is their chemistry -- as irresistible now as then. But Mia suspects Will is hiding something.... Is this truly a second chance at passion? Or will his real mission draw them so deeply into an underworld of danger and deception that they'll be lucky to escape alive?

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Michele Albert is the author of One Way Out (available from Pocket Books), Off Limits, and Getting Her Man, which was nominated for Best Mainstream Novel by Romantic Times, who praised it as "sexy, sassy, and exciting" romantic suspense. She holds a degree in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan, and pursued the field until switching gears to become a full-time novelist. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children.

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Tough Enough 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 3.85 // Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 2.0 / Romance: 2.0 / Sensuous: 2.75 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 0 / Tears: 0 Touch Enough: 3.85: *Tough Enough*, the second book in 'The Avalon Investigation Series' is an enjoyable read and showcases Albert's talent as she spins a tale of romance and intrigue, but it is not a top of the line Romantic Suspense novel.  This entertaining and easy to read book failed to generate a nail-biting kind of suspense, nor was the reader entertained with dialogue and emotional interactions between Will and Mia that would explain why it was so easy to re-establish a relationship after a bad break up twelve years ago. Hero: 3.5: William "Will" Tiernay:  It was easy to fall for this handsome, sharp-dressing, charming, flirtatious agent during his initial introduction.  It was commendable that Will not only got on with his life after being jilted by the love of his life back in college, but became a successful Avalon agent.  But as the story progressed, and Albert failed to develop the rebuilding of trust that should have been necessary to heal Will's broken heart, his heroic rating fell.  Will also lost points because, although he caught Kostandin "Kos" Vulaj  in the end, the bad guy proved himself the more honorable man. Heroine: 2.0: Mia Shaeffer Dolan:  Couldn't develop any kind of connection to this gorgeous, sparkling, museum reproductionist.  This heroine was greatly under-developed and the last two nails in her coffin were {1} her puny little apology to Will twelve years after she broke his heart and {2} her failure to accept her friend, Vanessa Sharpton, as she was. Story Line: 4.0: Albert made great strides in beginning to flesh out the characters who were members of the Avalon Investigations team as she wrote about Will taking on an assignment to stop the theft of valuable artifacts being reproduced for the owner who was gifting them to the Met.  Making Mia (for a very short time) one of the suspects added potential intrigue.  The strongest feature to the entire story, however, was the truly intriguing arguments Albert gave voice to from the "bad guys" to justify their actions. Action: 4.0: Albert kept the story moving at a fast pace as Will used subterfuge, illegal breaking and entering and called in help from a fellow agent after he realized he increased the danger to Mia by revealing his feelings for her.  Could not help but be entertained by the way Will tried to keep up with the thieves, who always seemed to be one step ahead of him. Emotion: 2.0: Albert's lack of extensive character development failed to make Will and Mia the kind of hero and heroine that brought forth an emotional connection.  The idea that Will and Mia could resolve a bad break up with just a simply little apology did not ring true.  Where was the angst and the emotionally draining and then revitalizing reconciliation dialogue? Romance: 2.0: Sorry, but just didn't feel the love.  Will and Mia apparently still had feelings for each other -- and since they knew so much about the other from the past, they just hopped back into bed instead of discussing how Mia's previous actions had ended their relationship. Sensuous: 2.75: Albert showcases her skill by writing heated, spicy, well-written lovemaking scenes.  It was probably the lack of emotional connection to Will and Mia that failed to further enhance the sensuality into a flow-blown sizzle factor. Suspense: 3.5: Yes, it was obvious pretty quickly who the antiquity thieves were.  But Albert kept the suspense alive by leaving the reader to wonder how in the world Will and Mia were going to outwit the bad guys and, hopefully, bring down the Avalon arch-nemesis, Rainert von Lahr. Secondary Characters: 4.0: Was very impressed with the way Albert began painting more colors into the picture of the Avalon Investigations team.  And while Will and Mia were minimally developed as heroic characters, the other couple in the book, Kos and Vanessa, were very richly developed and added a wonderful contrast to Will and Mia.  These two characters really helped make the book more enjoyable. See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Tough Enough*.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
As an agent of Avalon, Will Tiernay knows you can¿t pick your assignments, but this one he wonders if he should claim a conflict of interest. His superior at the privately owned and funded agency that recovers stolen art has tasked Will to go undercover to learn who at Haddington Reproduction plans to switch the authentic priceless Eudoxia Reliquary collection with apparent realistic fakes. His fears is that Mia Dolan, the only woman he ever loved, is one of the bad guys.----------- Will and Mia realize from the first moment of their second time around, the attraction remains stratospheric. As they explore their feelings, he worries foremost that she might be a thief and if not that she will never forgive him for his deception as she will wonder if he used her to get at the con artist(s). As they fall in love again, both have their doubts, but first they must deal with the issue of a clever felon whose replacement plan is foolproof as the fakes look so much like the real that most people would fall for switch.------------- The art theft is the prime story line of a terrific romantic mystery although the second chance at love augments the dilemma facing the hero. The action-packed story line never slows down while leaving a few dangling threads for more Avalon thrillers. However, the reason this is worth reading by sub-genre fans is the doubt whether Mia is a crook hiding in plain sight of love, an unsuspecting dupe, or something else as Michele Albert leaves ONE WAY OUT for her lead couple.-------------- Harriet Klausner