From one of Australia's hottest new authors comes a story about an international scandal, a billionaire, and a fearless reporter who might just save the day...
Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare – deliberately not exchanging names.
They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace.
Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.
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About the Author
Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to
read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rabblerousers
and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile
celebs, and the occasional misguided royal.
She still does that. She also writes for love, and so she can buy shoes, and the good cat food.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From a game of truth or dare to a roller coaster ride of international scandal, this story pulls a fearless investigative reporter and reclusive billionaire on a ride that changes all they believe over and over. At the end of the ride will they be together or further apart than ever? Having award winning reporters in both her dad and her brother, Darcy Campbell, for once, wanted to do a story that would make they sit up and take notice. Even with her job at the Herald, they had never considered her as a good reporter because what she usually wrote about crime, education, science and public companies was just fluff pieces, not ones that showed in depth investigative reporting. This new assignment investigating William Parker, recluse billionaire was just the type of reporting she needed to claim her place. Only a game of truth or dare with a hot, sexy stranger in a cold, sterile room in the bowels of the Shanghai airport started a ride with so many twists and turns she wasn't sure she could keep up. Just how was she going to present a story without bias when she was falling in love with the main subject? Was she really a good investigating reporter like she wanted to be or was she just fooling herself that he might love her back when the story was told? Having lived so many years under the radar, William Parker still wasn't sure that he wanted to be in the public eye. Having his partner there had always worked in the past, why wasn't it good enough now? Only now he had purposely gotten detained with the reporter sent from the Herald to find out what kind of questions he would have to answer and been pleasantly surprised to find the reporter was a gorgeous woman. Now his curiosity was piqued, but the questions they shared got real personal in nature. But gorgeous or not, personal or not, there were too many things in the past that could be dangerous to him if she should learn about them. If she did and she wrote about them, the years he had worked so hard to make something of himself would be moot. Could he trust this woman to report a good story and leave the past alone or was he setting himself up for failure in his life and in the love he wanted? Just how far would this ride take them? Would they survive? An absolutely excellent story. Well developed characters weaved an involved plot full of twists and turns. Desire, ambition, betrayal, hurt and the unexpected seem to jump out from almost every page. With the descriptions of scenery and places, you felt like you were there with them. Scenes were vividly described, and the dialogue was engaging and colorful. Secondary characters provided wonderful support to the main characters. You were pulled into the story from the first page to the last. I would recommend this to all romance and romantic suspense readers. I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review. 5/5 stars Just what had she got herself into?
This book was not what I expected it was way more! I could write a great review but I hate spoilers so I will just say READ THIS BOOK!
HEARTBREAKING EROTIC THRILLER © Review by ¿ Bianca ¿ @BJBookBlog AINSLIE PATON - DETAINED release date - 1 September - 2013 322 Pages Escape Publishing - Harlequin Australia ¿¿¿¿¿ 5 big and fat Stars My Opinion: OMG - can a book be any better than this one??? I started reading with not very high hopes - I read the blurb and thought - hm yeah well - this book will probably have 150 pages and the whole book will be in that airport-room and they will have sex and then there will be a happy end! I WAS SOOO WRONG! Yes - we start out in that cold airport room - well no - we don't actually. Darcy is on her way from Sydney to Shanghai for an interview that will either make or break her career as a Journalist for the Sydney Herald. She is supposed to get an exclusive - never been there - interview with reclusive Billionaire Businessman Will Parker from Parker Corporation. But the Shangai immigration people won't let her leave the airport because something is wrong with her Visa. They detain her in a little cold room until the Visa-problem can be cleared. After she's been freezing her butt off in there for a little while - she gets a visitor - another poor guy with Visa difficulties. They don't exchange names - but they exchange so much more. They play a game of truth or dare and they end up telling each other their life stories. Lots of sparks are flying between Darcy and the goodlooking stranger. Before their released from the room 5 hours later they end up on the little couch doing some erotic things ¿ But I'm not telling you what! ¿ When Darcy arrives at the Peninsula Hotel she finds herself in one of those horribly expensive suites - curtesy of her stranger - who she calls Tara - because that's the town he grew up in. They then spend a very sexy weekend together ¿ And I don't think I'm spoiling too much when I say that our stranger is - of course - the reason Darcy is in Shanghai in the first place: Will Parker. She's extremely angry when she finds out - and once she's back in Sydney she writes an article. An article that could destroy Wills life and business. And it kind of does. LOTS of horrible and suspensy and heartstopping and moving things happen because of that article! But I'm not telling you any more! ¿ WILL THERE BE A HAPPY END??? ¿ I'M NOT TELLING! GO AND BUY THE BOOK! I LOVED IT!!!!! As I said before - I wasn't expecting all that much - and that's the best way to start reading a new book. I was totally surprised. I don't even know what kind of genre this book is! It's not a Thriller - not Erotica - not Romance - but it's all those things and so much more!!! I couldn't put the book down! I was completely hooked from the first pages! I was even crying!!! I loved Will and his sad past and the way he made himself into what he is today. And I felt sooo sad for him when things went horribly wrong. And Darcy - she's a sweet girl - falling in love with this stranger. And then making this one mistake and then trying to make everything right again. There's only one thing that I didn't like: the sex scenes felt a bit cut-off at the end... They start out really sexy and romantic and erotic but then it's like the author was too embarrassed to be a bit more sexually explicit! It wouldn't have hurt the book at all to make those scenes a bit longer ¿ Just my opinion ¿ And that's all I didn't like! Amazing, huh? Normally I have LOTS to complain about - even when it's another 5-star book ¿ Please go and buy this wonderful non genre book ;) Let's just call it a Heartbreaking Erotic Thriller!