Dangerous to Know

Dangerous to Know

by Dawn Ryder

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In Dangerous to Know—the first in a red-hot brand-new romance series—Dawn Ryder takes readers into a world of dangerous secrets and forbidden passion…


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…


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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250075215
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Unbroken Heroes Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 480,989
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Dawn Ryder is the contemporary romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. Her official naughty inner child. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California.

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Dangerous to Know 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all....romance, suspense, and hot sex!!! First time I had read anyrhing by this author.....loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really recommend
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Sexy alpha and member of an elite special ops team, Mercer, is sent to seduce the sister and the daughter of two highly decorated military service men in the hopes to uncover the leak that has caused military personnel to lose their lives. The chemistry explodes between Mercer and his target Zoe, but will he find the traitor before more lives are lost. The clock is ticking… Uber Alphas, erotically charged sexual encounters liberally steamed up the pages in the first of the Unbroken Heroes Series, Dangerous To Know. Dangerous to Know contained a strong plot, intriguing characters and emotionally charged situations that kept me highly interested in the outcome. The plot possibilities and what ifs coming to fruition through the dynamics that are being playing out between the secondary characters are something I won't want to miss. This is a series that I will happily follow. I received this copy of Dangerous to Know from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Bram’s passcode had been hacked. He was in the service and in Colonel Decain’s office. Bram had traced the Intel to his sisters house and that meant his sister Zoe could be the traitor. The Colonel did mention that Bram and his father’s record were impressive and he was sure Zoe was the same. Tim was like an uncle to Bram and his father’s friend since before Bram was born but Bram felt Tim was the traitor. Bram was in Afghanistan. Kagen is the head of the team the colonel was was having investigate the leak and bring the traitor forward Kegan lived in a world of shadows as that was the place in catching the bad people Kagen called Tyler for this assignment. Tyler felt Saxon and Vitus were going to get payback. Tyler had to secure his future . No matter what the consequences to Bram’s family. A congressman was in a position to to offer Tyler a secure future as long as the Hale brother’s were taken out then the senator would get his revenge. Tyler was determined to do this for the senator. Zoe’s friend was Roni and she seemed to be able to sense Zoe’s feelings when she tried and now Zoe qoes at a bar with her friend Roni and Zoe had been eyeing and had several little nicknames. When Saxon came up to talk to her but Zoe wasn’t interested. Then the man approached Zoe when she went outside to take Brams call. Zoe was very attracted to this intimidating strong man. Mercer- the man- invited Zoe for a ride on his motorcycle. Mercer was a special ops agent and was suppose to gain Zoes trust and see if she had a role in potential treason. As someone was selling military secrets. Mercer’s boss is Saxon whose brother Vitus who had rescued the senator’s daughter and then slept with her which really angered the senator. I liked this story but did have a few problems with it I felt the ending was to quick. Also this left some questions maybe to tie in another story. This was also confusing with all the characters brought in it . and toke a bit to figure out who was good and who wasn’t. But the plot was really good and the characters were great once figured out as far as I am concerned. I wasn’t to happy with how Mercer treated Zoe as he didn’t know if she was a traitor or not. Also I was not happy that Zoe toke it because of the hot and very sexy attraction as well as the sex itself. But that was part of the story. I loved the ins and outs and felt this still deserved a four and that is what i gave. I recommend.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
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. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
UnderJen More than 1 year ago
Sometimes when starting a new series the author has to put a lot of information in the first book to lay the ground work. This usually drawn out an tedious....unless the author is Dawn Ryder. This story was told extremely well with wonderful plot twists and characters full of snark and sass. I enjoyed everything about it. Deception, family values, trust and birthday cake for a bird. Who could ask for anything more. Happy reading
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Dangerous to Know,  Dawn Ryder Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  I've read a few of Dawn's novels now, and looked forward to this. It had a lot more of the suspense angle than I expected, but not so Ops heavy that I couldn't follow it. Sometimes suspense novels get so detailed on the equipment, guns etc and where and when everyone is placed that I get lost. One character says some cryptic sentence, the other nods knowingly and I'm left thinking "What??" Thankfully that doesn't happen here. There is lots of drama, lots of danger, but at all times I felt I could follow it, which meant I felt I was there with the characters. They're the best reads for me, the ones where I get totally absorbed into the story, feel what they feel, happy, sad, scared or angry.  Zoe is a great lead, strong, opinionated and confident.With her dad and brother both in the services she knows how things work, knows when they're deep in the field not to worry if they're out of contact, and not to bother them with petty issues when they do call. Then Mercer comes into her life. She doesn't let anyone in, let anyone get close, ever, but somehow he worms his way into her life and then....Well, she can't believe what she's hearing, that valuable and confidential info is being routed through her PC. She knows her dad and brother are loyal, knows it's not her either but how can she prove it when all trails seems to stop at her. Then the dangers step up too, and the action gets really complicated. She feels angry at Mercer, at the way he took her in, but she knows how things work, knows that when its essential her dad or brother would have sanctioned the same thing, but knowing that and being subject to it are two separate issues. She can't help feeling stupid, taken in, she really though Mercer wanted her, and not that he was looking for a way into her home :-( I so felt for her, that must have been gutting. Its a fine line though, and I'm not sure how I feel about this sort of action. Given the current issues here in the UK where operatives deliberately cultivated relationships with women in certain politically sensitive groups or who were thought to be involved in some way, and then some went on to have children, get married even under false IDs, and the poor women were kept in the dark til it all blew open. It makes me very uncomfortable. Many of these ladies had done nothing except campaign on animal welfare issues, things like that and something I've certainly done, it seems very extreme. What about the kids, what about the families created who later find dad has just disappeared, or who they've been told is dead only to find he wasn't who they thought, and it was all a set up. Horrible experience but as in this book it happens. Then of course you have people like Mercer who go on to develop real feelings for the target...what then? Can they pick up when everything dies down? Can they make the lady believe they are genuine this time? I'd be really cautious and so was Zoe. Mercer has his work cut out protecting her, tracing who's behind everything, convincing his boss and colleagues he can still do his job even when they see his feelings for Zoe are real... It wraps up in a very active climax, with deeper secrets coming out too, and a good opening left for the next book. Sometimes series like this are ones where each book is complete and a new story each time but characters are loosely connected. Here it looks like its to be same main ch
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* I truly enjoyed this book but it was a ruff start. In the first chapter and so I was so lost that I thought for sure this could you been the first book in a series. Then it all start to smooth out and took off. Mercer St. Claire is one hot alpha male jerk that will do what's needed to save his fellow soldiers lives. If Zoe Magnus is the traitor behind the Intel breech, he will do what's needed to make her talk. There's just one problem, Zoe may not be as guilty as she seems and Mercer can't keep his hands off her. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. So much suspense and directions for this story to go.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Dangerous with a capital D. Those who serve the country sometimes have to do things they consider distasteful in order to make sure that they can protect those who serve. When Mercer was assigned the job of getting into Zoe's bed in order to find out if she was a traitor and was helping her family to sell out the coordinates of those who are fighting in the various wars he was at first all for it. That is until he got up close and personal with Zoe. Then all he was really thinking about was his insane attraction to her. Zoe has always been understanding of her families work. She knows it is her job to provide support and love for her father and brother while they are deployed. But when she finds out that the man she slept with was not actually doing it for pleasure but as the fastest means to find out information she finally decides to stop being perfectly controlled and to actually reach out for help by her brother. But don’t let her fool you, Zoe is not a weak women and will do anything she has to in order to protect those she cares about. When Zoe and Mercer have to go on the run, and they don’t know who they can trust the combustible factor of these two sky rocket. There was a lot of great sex scenes in this book but the plot line and the character development is what made me give this book a 5 star rating. This is not a book, or an author that you would want to pass up. I highly recommend this book for any romance aficionado lovers out there.
chrismom More than 1 year ago
I give this book a 3 1/2 Dangerous To Know By Dawn Ryder Mercer is sent undercover to gather evidence and to find out if Zoe Magnus, or someone in her family is a traitor or are they innocent. In order to gain Zoe’s trust, Mercer picks her up in a bar and uses sex as a means to spend time with her. Neither one trusts the other. While Zoe doesn’t trust Mercer, she still has sex with him.Both have trust issues. Saxon Hale is in charge of the Op. He doesn’t believe Zoe is innocent. Saxon’s brother, Vitus was removed from the team because he had slept with a woman he was supposed to protect. This seems to be the reason why Zoe is being framed as well as the many attempts on her life and Mercer’s. The people behind the attempts want to discredit and eventually kill the Hale brothers. The villains are revealed early in the story to the reader. Now the team must gather the evidence they need to send the two villains to jail. I found it hard to relate to Mercer and Zoe. Their whole relationship was based on sex. I didn’t feel that there was enough character development or depth to these two people. I found the secondary characters to be much more interesting, the rest of the Ops team and the Hale brothers. I also thought the beginning of the book was confusing. After I read further into the story, I went back and reread the beginning and it made more sense to me then. The book doesn’t have a cliff hanger, but sets you up for the next book in the series. I was a little disappointed with this book. I really enjoy reading books by Dawn Ryder that is why I decided to read this. I would give the next book in the series a try before I decided whether or not to continue reading this series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars----- DANGEROUS TO KNOW is the first installment in Dawn Ryder’s adult, contemporary UNBROKEN HEROES erotic, romance, military suspense series focusing on an elite Special Ops team. This is Special Agent Mercer St. Clair, and Zoe Magnus’s story line. Told from several third person perspectives DANGEROUS TO KNOW finds our heroine Zoe as the number one suspect in a military investigation looking for a traitor in the American military. While her brother and father have been stationed in the Middle East, Zoe finds herself front and center in an investigation where she is the mark-the target-of Special Agent Mercer St. Clair and his Special Ops team. When clues begin to surface pointing the finger at the Magnus family, Zoe will become Mercer’s next assignment-get her into bed and uncover the secrets she may be trying to conceal. DANGEROUS TO KNOW finds Zoe and Mercer on the run; in disguise; on the back of dirt bikes when they are targeted by an unknown sniper. The relationship between Zoe and Mercer begins as a job-an assignment that finds Mercer falling in love with his latest mark. Mercer must seduce Zoe in order to set up a secret operation that will reveal whether our heroine has been selling secrets to the highest bidder. What ensues is Mercer’s seduction of Zoe Magnus, and Zoe’s discovery that the hot, sexy man with whom she is falling in love is using her to get what he wants. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense but saying that I did not feel the chemistry between our leading characters-throughout the story I couldn’t help but think Mercer was still on assignment and Zoe was only a job. DANGEROUS TO KNOW has a large ensemble cast of characters both good and bad; the overriding issues have not been resolved; some of the bad guys are still on the loose, and one of Mercer’s former teammates will be targeted in installment number two-DARE YOU TO RUN. The attack against the team is personal and Vitus Hale is the man to take down. DANGEROUS TO KNOW is a story of suspense, mystery, romance and love. The premise is intriguing, engaging and riveting; the characters are colorful and determined; the romance is sexy and aggressive but lacking in palpable energy. Dawn Ryder has caught my attention with DANGEROUS TO KNOW; I am looking forward to book number two.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy your romance with fast paced action, sizzling hot chemistry, and a dirty talking hero that will melt your panties, look no further this is the book for you. The writing is fantastic, the pace keeps you turning the pages and the characters are amazing. The only rough part for me was the beginning. Grasping all the characters and understanding the mission took a bit of work but I'm glad I stuck with it because the story that followed was fantastic. Mercer and Zoe are an interesting pair and the chemistry between them is scorching. Once they learned to trust each other there was no stopping them. This is one I highly recommend.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "This runs deep... Better make sure your asp is covered." Stars! My first book by this author, and I am glad I took the step into the unknown with this one. I love me some romantic suspense and Dawn Ryder, definitely knows how to deliver that with a certain style. Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to get on with the authors writing process, because there are a lot of POVs in this book, and they pretty much chop and change from the offset, you need to have your wits about you and a decent memory for names and I did find myself having to go back a couple of times in the early stages of the book to clarify who it was talking and what their position in the overall scheme of the story was. "I want to see what kind of fire you have in your belly." But once you have all the characters down, the switching between the many POVs is alright, it also gives a great depth to this story-line, and massive scope for the series as a whole going forwards. If she was hiding a black heart, she was a master of deception. I will also be honest and say it felt like Mercer and Zoe already knew each other at the start of the story, their meeting at the bar felt far too familiar in its progression, but again once the book got going, they turned out to be a pretty great couple, the sex was plentiful, their verbal sparring absolutely stellar, neither one of them was willing to give an inch initially and it made for some great angry sex. I liked that although they couldn’t deny their growing feelings for each other, they were both also very aware that the other was not being fully upfront about everything, the push and pull because of it kept everything pretty between them all tense and simmering. "I can complement you all day with pretty words, but feeling how hard my c*** is tells you I find you attractive more than a thousand polished comments." This is a very complex story, being the first book in the Unbroken Heroes series there is a huge amount of set-up going on along the way, with plenty of characters (good and bad) and back-story being provided. Saxon Hale’s team as a whole have a story to be told, but I like that there are characters outside of that who also have a lot of potential, and will likely have a lot of involvement in the future books. Dare You to Run is due at the end of August, and I am interested to see what sort of story Dawn gives Vitus Hale, as Saxons brother, he featured in this book, and you are given the background that will play a part in the forthcoming book, but with so many irons still in the fire the story has the potential to go absolutely anywhere. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Jewel and Ramsey story, but again who doesn't love a bad boy rock star ! Hopefully Taz is up next, then Drake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this new series.