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…
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…
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.
Dawn Ryder is the contemporary romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances—her official naughty inner child. The author of Dangerous to Know, she commercially publishes 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 lives in Southern California.
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Dangerous to Know
By Dawn Ryder
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2016 Dawn Ryder
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"Do I need to remind you that your father considers this man a friend?" Colonel Decains asked.
Bram Magnus stared straight back at the colonel. "I've grown up with him as an uncle."
Pain crept into his tone, despite his efforts to remain poised in front of his superior officer.
The colonel leaned back in his chair, but he took an eight-by-ten picture of a downed helicopter with him. His eyes narrowed as he looked at the charred remains of three servicemen.
"That intel was sent through my passcode," Bram said.
"You were hacked, son," the colonel said. He frowned at his own use of a familiar term and tossed the picture down. "We'll have the culprit tracked down soon enough. No one gets off this post unless I clear them."
"That's only half the problem," Bram argued. "I've traced the intel to my sister's house."
"Which means she might be the buyer."
Bram tightened his fingers until his knuckles popped. His superior officer didn't miss it, either. Decains flattened his hand on the desktop.
"I appreciate your feelings, Captain, but we need to maintain our perceptive." Decains tapped the picture. "Your father's record and yours are both impressive. I don't doubt that your sister comes from the same stock, which is why we're going to do this by the book."
"Zoe will check out," Bram said firmly. "It's got to be Tim. He's the only other person who has access to my sister's house."
"Sure about that?" the colonel asked. "She's plenty old enough for a boyfriend."
"Check her out all you want," Bram stated firmly. "Zoe will stand up to your worst."
The colonel's face tightened. "Glad to hear it. Your father is a friend of mine. I'd hate to have to tell him your sister is going to disappear."
"You won't have to," Bram answered. "Zoe is no traitor, and she certainly wants both me and my dad home safely. I could have been on that helo."
Decains looked back at the picture. "These men deserve justice."
"I'm turning this over to a special branch of intelligence. Completely off the radar. They'll send in a team to get evidence. They specialize in catching their prey with their hands on the smoking gun. We'll back off on our leak here and give him a little bait intel to pass along. I'm going to leave your old access code active, no need to let him know we're on to him. Besides, we can't be outdone by one of the stateside teams. I want to catch this traitor with his hands on the cheese."
Bram drew in a stiff breath but didn't argue. It had to be done the way the colonel was doing it. His insides were knotted and he was half afraid he was going to puke from the knowledge of what his sister was going to endure. But he kept his composure and cut the colonel a salute before making his way out of the man's office.
He itched to pick up the phone and call his sister.
Which pissed him off. Tim had been his father's buddy longer than Bram had been alive but there was no doubt in Bram's mind who was responsible. And it pissed him off knowing he couldn't get his hands locked around Tim's neck. At least not personally. Still, part of him was enjoying knowing Decains was setting a team on Tim's ass that was going to tear him apart, bit by bit.
Exactly what a traitor deserved.
* * *
"The Magnus family has a good reputation," Kagan said.
"They do," Colonel Decains confirmed. The connection was scratchy, the distance between Afghanistan and the States showing up as background noise. It was the most detailed thing about the moment. The office Kagan sat in was stripped of anything that might be considered personal. The phone he was using was a landline that would be disconnected the moment the operation was finished. "That's why I'm calling you. Make sure your team does a good job. When it gets to mopping up, there is going to be a full-bird colonel looking mighty close at the details."
"You know my men are going to see the daughter as a possible suspect," Kagan advised Decains.
"No way around it," Decains agreed. "I'll handle the heat over that point."
"I'll be in touch." Kagan cut the connection.
There was little else to say. He lived in a world of shadows because that's where he was most effective at catching the scum who did business there. The information was spread out over his desk. He considered it before picking up his phone and selecting a contact to reach out to. Agent Tyler Martin answered on the second ring.
"I have an assignment for you." Kagan didn't waste any time.
* * *
Tyler Martin liked his job.
In fact, it was his life.
Which was why he was going to make sure his future was a bright one. One thing about working shadow operations, it left a stink on a man. Once you were in deep, there really was no leaving, so it was best to ensure a long, profitable career. Sometimes, that meant doing some dirty work for powerful people.
Tyler considered the case Kagan had just assigned him. It was a gift really. A perfect little present dropped in front of him. One he'd been waiting for. That was another thing about shadow operations: the hard fact that just when you thought you were safe, fate would circle back around and bite you in the ass. He'd been waiting a long time to get in some payback. But today, that wait was over. Saxon and Vitus Hale were about to get a king-sized serving of it. It was going to be Tyler's pleasure to dish it out. He'd been waiting for just the right case to take them down. Tyler looked over the details of the information Kagan had sent over and grinned.
It was perfect. Classified intel. Dead servicemen. All the components needed to blacken someone's name forever. Since the leak was already plugged, there was no reason not to twist the operation to suit his own agenda. All he had to do was find the man on this side before anyone else did.
He didn't spare a thought for the Magnus family. They had friends for certain but no other family, which made them an even stronger candidate for what he needed. They could be buried. They'd end up with full military honors or branded as traitors. He really didn't care so long as they were dead and silenced. Tyler had his future to secure and it wasn't going to come cheap. He'd always known that. But it was his blood or someone else's, because the men he was negotiating with played for keeps. He couldn't afford to get picky about the means. The opportunities would be few and far between. His own future had a price tag on it, one he had to pay if he didn't want to end up dead himself. It was a dog-eat-dog world.
He selected a contact from among his teams and punched it. Time to assign Saxon Hale to the last case of his career.
Tyler didn't let his conscience get in the way. Congressman Jeb Ryland might be a whack job of an overprotective father but the man was in the right position to offer Tyler a secure future. So if Jeb wanted the Hale brothers taken out for pissing on his turf, Tyler planned to make it happen. A nice little treason case was the perfect answer. As for the Magnus family, well, it wasn't personal.
* * *
"Now, he is hot."
Roni rolled her words and ended up sounding like she was purring. Zoe glanced over to the man in question and wished she hadn't.
Hot was an understatement.
She'd never known his equal, much less experienced what it must be like to have such a prime animal in her bed. Sensation prickled along her skin instantly, deep, carnal awareness twisting through her belly. The swiftness of the response sent her looking away with a shrug designed to protect her emotions from being spotted.
Roni was a master at sniffing out Zoe's true feelings. It made her a great friend and major pain in the ass when life decided to deliver a punch to her solar plexus. Which was the perfect definition of a best friend. Zoe nodded, earning a husky chuckle from her pal.
"Lickable," she agreed.
The guy really was a double shot of whiskey. The kind you wanted to take straight up then slam down the empty glass while you felt the burn smoking your insides.
She looked down at her drink suspiciously. Maybe the bartender was just doubling up in the hope his bar would get a reputation as a great pickup joint.
"Oh Lord." Roni jabbed her with an elbow. "What's the point of hanging out at a bar if we don't do a little window-shopping?"
Zoe lifted her drink and watched the man in question over the salted rim of the glass. He was wrapped in black leather, which made him doubly delectable. The jacket hung open, giving her a glimpse of a T-shirt that hugged a torso defined and tight. Dark hair and eyes gave him a slightly sinful, badass look, and combined with the black leather, he was like dark chocolate.
Premium window-shopping, for sure.
"I'm going to ask him to dance." Roni slid off her bar stool with a click of her heels. "Wish me luck."
"He's not a dance-floor kind of animal." Zoe wasn't sure where the justification for her opinion came from, only that she was firmly sure of it. The guy was suited to shadows and thrived there. The only thing capable of scaring him was being predictable. Confidence radiated from him so thickly, it felt like he just might be worthy of the arrogance his stony expression declared.
"He'll turn you down," she muttered while setting her glass down. She was no longer interested in numbing her wits. Not when there was such a feast standing near enough to enjoy. Nope, she was going to enjoy the moment. Completely.
Roni fingered the strand of silver beads hanging around her neck. "You might be right; you're definitely spot-on about the fact that he's an animal ... One I'd like to let play with me, no taming required. He can run wild ... anywhere he wants to go." Roni made a sweeping gesture with one hand up and down her body.
Zoe laughed at her friend. "You're not normally the 'toy' type. Sure your modern woman can handle the hit to your pride? That man isn't going to let you walk him on a leash."
"Never let it be said I backed down from a challenge," she declared in a husky whisper. "Besides, I fully intend to play as good as I get played with."
"Matching collars, is it?"
Roni made a low sound in the back of her throat. "If I'm lucky."
With a wink her friend made her way across the worn planks of the barroom floor, drawing stares from the shadowy booths lining the walls of the place with the sultry sway of her hips. It was really a whole-body thing, one that Zoe admired as much as she detested. Her friend's ability to mesmerize the male population fit nicely with her flirtatious persona but tonight, Roni was focused on the man leaning back against the bar. He'd bought a longneck beer of some sort but had only taken a single sip of it. It sat next to him, forgotten as he scanned the room.
Another prickle of sensation went down Zoe's back. The beer remained on the bar while those dark eyes landed on every single soul in the place. He looked like he was assessing them, cataloging them; like nothing was more important than sizing up the occupants of the room.
He sure wasn't interested in the beer.
He reminded her of her brother, every motion controlled and his position selected for the best angle of defense. He was military-trained. No doubt about it, the guy had served time in something more than general ranks, if she was any good at judging body language.
The word floated through her mind, but she shrugged it off. Hell, if she was going to read anyone's body, his was infinitely top-grade. Besides, she wasn't up for a quick hookup. The main point of the evening was to ride shotgun for Roni and indulge in girlfriend time.
She wasn't being nosy. He'd come into the bar, and bars were places to be seen.
Right ... Now I'm justifying my spying.
True. But that didn't make her thinking wrong. Zoe took a slow sip from her drink and peered over the rim of the glass at the subject of her thoughts. Her lips curved as she took another sip.
This guy's body language said a lot more, too. Her eyes narrowed, the lids feeling heavy as she watched the way his hips worked when he moved. The sight set off something deeply sexual inside her. Heat was spreading gently across her skin and it was just too enjoyable to resist a few more moments of indulgence.
So what if he caught her staring?
It was a bar after all. Everyone in the place was there with sex on their minds. Maybe that was a blunt way to put it, but it was still true. Really, really true. One look at the tight jeans and short skirts was all you needed to confirm that fact. The groups of people crowded around the tables were there to connect with someone else, the drinks in their hands nothing but liquid courage. Even Military Man, animal that he was, had to be looking for companionship in some form. He'd be off on his own if he wasn't in the mood for company. Loneliness had a way of reducing everyone to pitiful piles of need. Of course a man like him wouldn't have to work very hard to gain a little company.
I wouldn't mind being your choice tonight ...
Her inner animal wanted loose. She felt her cheeks heat because normally she had better control over her impulses. Knowing that everyone else had the same urges didn't keep her blush from deepening, either. She felt like he could read her thoughts. He had a demeanor that suggested he was more perceptive than the average guy. Definitely in more control than most. A ripple of sensation moved across her skin and she smiled, enjoying the response because it was so intense. There was something about the guy that just made her want to fling the rule book aside. No worrying about repercussions or anything lurking in his past.
He glanced at her, sending a jolt of awareness down her spine before Roni reached him, angling his head to look down from his six-and-a-half-foot frame. A bare half inch of black hair covered his head, the lights above him shining off the neatly sheared surface.
Yup ... military. She'd bet on it. Lust teased her again, so she decided to bask in the glow of the heat. Window-shopping did need to be enjoyed, after all, especially if she wasn't willing to lay down the price of making a try at touching the merchandise.
Why not? Why let Roni have all the fun?
Her inner voice was becoming more daring by the second, the heat gripping her body and urging her to abandon her common sense.
Yeah, well, impulsive sex came with too many risks for her peace of mind. It was a fun idea to toy with but that was as far as she was going. She needed to stick to her ideals because the leather-clad god across the room wouldn't be the staying kind.
Oh, but the things I could enjoy while he was around ...
Which would be followed by a guilt trip that would cost her too much self -confidence for her comfort. Besides, she wanted more than just hot sex.
Ha! Not at the moment I don't ...
Zoe lifted her margarita and took a long drink, but the fruity taste didn't mix with the sight of Mr. Untamed Temptation. She set her glass down, craving the hard bite of whiskey.
Yeah, I want hard ... that's for sure.
Roni did her best to get him onto the dance floor. He shook his head and reached for his beer instead. Roni propped one hand on her hip and pouted at him but he only tipped the bottle up, using the beverage like a shield. Roni didn't give up; she continued to talk to him in a tone that was too low for Zoe to hear over the band.
Zoe reached for the bowl of peanuts sitting on the table and broke one open. She was bored. The music was good but the bar scene just wasn't her thing. Roni thrived on the fishbowl experience. Her friend was turned out in a miniskirt and loose tank top, looking like she belonged up on the stage. She fit next to the brawn king, looking relaxed as she flirted with him. Another man leaned over and a moment later Roni was on her way to the dance floor with him.
Zoe grinned. Roni began dancing with a flair that made Zoe envious. Her body curved and moved with the skill of a belly dancer, only with a much more modern rhythm. Roni turned around and shot Biker Boy a look that made it clear she was performing for his enjoyment.
"Looks like you've been abandoned."
Zoe got a glimpse of blue eyes and short-cut blond hair before the stool next to her was occupied. The guy set his whiskey tumbler down and considered her.
"I'm a big girl," she responded while fighting the urge to look back at Mr. Untamed. The guy sitting across from her wasn't second-class by any means. In fact, he was clean-cut, wearing a buttondown shirt with the collar unbuttoned and the cuffs rolled up.
"I noticed," he said as he contemplated her. He reached for his whiskey and took a sip but almost as an afterthought, because his blue eyes were fixed on her.
"Saxon." He offered her his hand across the small pub-style table.
"Zoe." She was shaking his hand out of reflex.
Mr. Untamed wouldn't shake my hand.
It was a majorly unfair thought and really bitchy of her but there it was. Gut response. Honest and brutal. Saxon didn't deserve it but she doubted he needed to be jerked around, either. He was looking for company and she wasn't interested. Not a bit. All she wanted to do was turn back around and stare at the leather-clad animal stuck in her brain.
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This book had it all....romance, suspense, and hot sex!!! First time I had read anyrhing by this author.....loved it!
Really really recommend
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved Jewel and Ramsey story, but again who doesn't love a bad boy rock star ! Hopefully Taz is up next, then Drake.
Love this new series.